Get into the swing of Spring.

Paddle Host Workshop, Part I

Explore North Coast had the first part of their Paddle Host Training at Big Lagoon on March 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mike and Larry co-hosted this event with Marcella assisting. Over 16 people joined the event, interested in how to create a safe and fun event.

Everyone gathered and discussed  risk assessment, leadership roles, the importance of communication, the necessary gear needed, and more. On the water, ENC members practiced paddling techniques from bracing, forward and reverse strokes, draws, and ways to maneuver around each other. The wind picked up and provided more challenges towards practicing these skills, demonstrating the importance being comfortable using them. Everyone later had a chance to see how assisted rescues worked and some participated in practicing with each other.

Further practice will be held on March 26 in Trinidad, weather permitting, for ENC members to continue practicing skills in more challenging environments. For more information please check out ENC's calendar.

Upcoming Paddles

Please check our calendar for details about location, arrival time, launch time, if there are facilities, what to wear, etc. Each description will have the paddle host contact information in case you have questions.

March 26 — ENC Paddle Host Training Part 2
Launch time 9 a.m. Larry and Mike will be leading part two of the Paddle Host training event for ENC members. This event will expand upon the skills covered from the first training — risk assessment, strokes and maneuvers, towing, rescues and recovery. RSVP by March 24

April 16 — North Shore Big Lagoon
Meet at the parking area on the north side of Big Lagoon at 8:30 a.m. Check the directions for this different access point. Get a new perspective paddling at Big Lagoon from the north side. We will paddle up to the breach point of the lagoon to experience the interaction and magnificence of the place where the Pacific meets the lagoon. This paddle is appropriate for beginning paddlers and is suitable for all types of water craft. Visit the ENC calendar for more details. RSVP by April 14

Mendocino Trip, July 28-31— Further developments
The annual Explore North Coast pilgrimage to explore the Mendocino Coast is back after a couple year hiatus due to the pandemic. ENC has reserved a large group campsite in Fort Bragg for July 28-30 with check out on July 31. A variety of paddling experiences will be offered, depending on the group’s interest, skill levels, paddle hosts, and conditions. Start planning for this trip and let us know if you're interested. Click here for more details. For questions and details contact Scott at

Other Paddling Events

May 7, 2022 — Coos Bay, Oregon. Paddling Events, Gear Swap, and the 16th Annual Film Festival by Coos Bay Surfrider and South Coast Cultural Tours. Kayaking Events and Gear Swap have no cost but registration and signing of waivers required. Come for the a long weekend, many other paddling opportunities in the area. Many camping & motels available.


Epic V7 Surfski ($1400).  Very good condition. 17ft x 21inches.  Sit-on-top surfski with rudder control. This is a rotomolded, 53lb kayak that is durable boat with rear hatch. Accommodates anyone from 5 ft tall to 6"7". It is an excellent entry level surfski for fitness paddling, surfing small waves, and covering miles in a timely manner. Scott Hagerty, 360-379-1558

Sterling Reflection Sea Kayak ($1850).  Good condition. 16ftx23 in. 52lbs.  Fiberglass. Skeg. New hatch covers.  Keel strip. This is an older model Reflection that is a lively maneuverable "performance" kayak. Scott Hagerty, 360-379-1558

Kayak accessories: Large spray skirts, helmets, PFDs, tow belt, etc. Scott Hagerty, 360-379-1558

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