Kayakers Alliance Annual Kick Off Get Together

  • April 28, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Hi everyone,

For the third year in a row we will have a kick off for the new  season.  This time with a get together in Monterey.  We will be meeting at the Municipal Beach very close to the Monterey Bay Kayak shop.

Much like the last two years this will be an open event, and everyone can come and go as they like.

This location offers an opportunity to paddle in the Monterey Bay.  Paddling past the Aquarium to Lovers Beach (or beyond) is a memorable experience.  (The sandpaper sound of the sea kept is a unique experience).

This is also a great way to visit with folks you have paddled with in the past, as well as meet new friends.

Bring your lunch, but I will have snacks and drinks. I will be posting more information as we get closer to the event on things like parking etc.

I will also be in contact with the Monterey Bay Kayak company to discuss boat rentals.  We will be set up very close to the shop so boat rentals will definitely be an option.

Hope to see you there.

 

Jerry

 

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  • Eileen M.

    It was a great day! Thanks a lot for putting it together Jerry! Really nice people. The sea otters were so adorable and the sea lions were so cute too! I'm gonna love that memory!

    May 3, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Fun! Thanks! And fun photos, Seek!

    May 2, 2013

  • Seek

    http://bayareakayaker.com/forum...­

    Seeing if this works.

    April 29, 2013

    • Brett & G.

      Thanks for the photo journal of the trip, Seek. Enjoyed reading it. No wonder you had such a grin on you when we were heading back. Sail up, you were giving IT to the kelp beds! Ha ha!

      April 30, 2013

    • Seek

      Thanks Geigy. It was great meeting you both!

      May 1, 2013

  • Katie

    A great day on the water!

    April 29, 2013

    • Brett & G.

      Thanks for posting photos, Katie.

      April 30, 2013

  • Keith

    I had an absolutely wonderful day on the bay with many seals, otters and a seagull! The group was great fun to share the day with. Beautiful day!!

    April 29, 2013

    • Brett & G.

      Thanks for posting photos, Keith.

      April 30, 2013

  • Keith

    Great fun!

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could ya'll post some of the pics from the weekend, please

    April 29, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    Great event. The group was great and the weather cleared.

    April 29, 2013

  • Rich

    Excellent start to the season. Once the sun came out ~11:30AM, it was a great day on the water. Lots of interesting wildlife that I do not often see while paddling San Francisco Bay.

    April 29, 2013

  • kristina Y.

    Great day and thanks to all who helped make it happen. Wow, those three dolphins swimming right toward me made my day. And then there were the otters, the sea lions who made me laugh out loud, and all the other beautiful nature creatures already mentioned by others. It was a work out and well worth it.

    April 29, 2013

  • kelly s

    Sorry I didnt make it. I was with out a car for a while. But just got a jeep just a day late for this event. I'll be ready for the next one.

    April 28, 2013

  • Brett & G.

    LOTS of nature, like John and MAG have said, and a bit of a thrill paddling in the swells. Vying for the #1 reason for having a great time? The wonderful, friendly people. Thank you all for being so welcoming and inclusive! We look forward to the next time.

    April 28, 2013

  • Randel (Soupy von W.

    Excellent venue - well planned.

    April 28, 2013

  • Liz

    The meetup was a lot of fun, it was great meeting all you folks!

    April 28, 2013

  • John M.

    Great all around. Low swells, light winds in the morning. Only slightly larger swells, sun in the afternoon. Dolphins, sea otters, jellies, curious harbor seal, rambunctious sea lion pups, acquisitive sea gull (bye bye, potato chips). A great day with friends.

    April 28, 2013

  • MAG

    Superb: Seals, stickers (bumper), surf, sandwiches (and chips), seagulls, sea lions, otters, silky waters along with swells--a sublime experience. Thank you Jerry for organizing, and John for leading the main group. Met many new people, and hope they'll come back for more!

    April 28, 2013

  • Meg J

    Sorry didn't think I could make it there, kayaking and back on my own. Hope you guys have a great time , I'll see you at amoyher event! Meg

    April 28, 2013

  • Jonathan

    running late i'll arrive at 10:30

    April 28, 2013

  • Kevin T

    Bummer. Can't make it after all.

    April 27, 2013

    • MAG

      Maybe another time soon, Kev, still haven't tried my new kayak sail. Best wishes, MAG

      April 28, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    A quick update for anyone who is also a Geocache fan. There is a cache at the beach. There is also a second cache at Lovers Point if you take the trip past the Aquarium. If your interested, meet me at the Kayakers Alliance tent.

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • Jonathan

      Where is the Kayakers Alliance tent located?

      April 27, 2013

    • Jerry O.

      As I mentioned in my update, I will have the tent set up just slightly north of the Monterey Kayak shop on the beach.

      April 27, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Sorry, I look forward to seeing you all soon.

    April 27, 2013

  • Katie

    Any thoughts on how long we will paddle for? I'm excited to meet everyone but will probably have to head out around 2p.m.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jerry O.

      John, You clearly have missed your calling. Weatherman! KSO, The Weather Channel, somewhere like that. Chance for a second career!

      April 26, 2013

    • Alan S. B.

      Less than an hour at a moderate paddle pace with no stopping to admire the kelp beds, otters and Harbor Seals.

      April 27, 2013

  • Meg J

    Hi is anyone coming from the east bay near walnut creek that needs a ride and would perhaps share driving? I have not been well and am concerned about the long drive and kayaking and then the return drive. I have a rack that holds one kayak. I really would like to bring mine but I am flexible.
    Thanks, Meg

    April 26, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    I spoke to Monterey Bay Kayak. No need to reserve sit on tops prior to Sunday. However, if you are planning to rent a traditional kayak, it would be good to call ahead. Sit on tops are $30 a day and traditional's are $40.

    I will be setting up the tent just slightly north of the Monterey kayak shop on the beach. There are public restrooms in the kayak shop and at the south end of the beach. Parking as listed below is $10 for the dirt parking on the south side of the Monterey kayak shop as well as for the paved parking just north of the shop. (The paved parking goes first). (Be sure to pay via the kiosk by the kayak shop). Other parking is available but will require you to unload and then park and walk back. Street parking may be available, but also goes fast on a nice day. (Refer to the link provided by MAG for maps).

    For this event, we can group up to paddle as folks arrive. Please stop by the tent and we can help coordinate each group. See you on Sunday.

    April 24, 2013

    • MAG

      Hi Jerry, just want to verify that parking (if available) is $10 per day at MBK; I thought I had read a different figure elsewhere. If I can get there early, I'll be glad to help you set up. Thanks for all your reconnaisance work, too!

      April 25, 2013

  • Dave D.

    My first officer is sick, so the whole crew is taking shore leave. Hope it's a fun party. See you guys on the water soon.

    April 24, 2013

    • Jerry O.

      Sorry to hear about your crew. Hope to see you soon. Give a get well to your family.

      April 24, 2013

    • MAG

      Dave, very sorry to hear that your son is ill, tell him that hot cocoa fan and fellow kayaker says hi and get well soon. Won't be quite the same without you there, but we'll see you soon! Best wishes, ~MAG

      April 25, 2013

  • Rich

    Forecast for Sunday (wunderground.com station ID MMTYC1) Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 70F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph.

    April 25, 2013

  • Zena

    Sorry, I really want to go but relatives from out of town are coming to visit. I might be able to go if they want go to Monterey too.

    April 24, 2013

  • MAG

    http://monterey.org/en-us/depar...­

    If you go to the right-hand column, about 3/4 down the page, there's a pull-down menu (click on the arrow) labelled "Waterfront Area Parks" with info. on cost and location. Most lots will cost $10 for the day. Some lots located several blocks away, but still doable if you have something to roll the kayak on.

    April 23, 2013

    • Dave D.

      MAG: So observant. That's what I like about you.

      April 23, 2013

  • Jerry O.

    I am doing a run to Monterey tomorrow. I will give an update on parking kakak rentals etc when I get back.

    April 22, 2013

    • Dave D.

      Jonathan: I've never stayed at Veterans Park, but it's right near downtown and the beach, and it is first-come, first-served. If you show up Friday (vs Saturday), you'll improve your chances of getting a campsite. <http://www.monterey.o...

      April 22, 2013

    • Dave D.

      The angle brackets hosed up the URL. Here it is again: http://www.monterey.o...­

      April 22, 2013

  • Dave D.

    The city's parking website <http://monterey.org/en-us/depar...;­ is delightfully vague about how parking is paid for and how much it costs. It does provide maps showing where the public lots and garages are. The lot between MBK and Del Monte Blvd. is a public lot; so is the strip of parking spaces on Wharf 2.

    MBK has this on its website: "Parking fees of $1.50 per hour are collected by the City of Monterey for all vehicles parked in the lot in front of our store."

    April 22, 2013

  • maura h.

    No kayak, so will have to rent. If anyone needs a ride from SF, let me know.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    totalled my car that carried my kayak. Hope to meet up with this group another time

    April 15, 2013

    • kelly s

      I hope you're ok Peggy. I too totalled my car. All ok. Now looking for some thing to drive.

      April 20, 2013

    • MAG

      I totalled mine as well! Time heals a very upsetting experience.

      April 20, 2013

  • Jeremy

    How big is the surf in this area? I have a decent touring kayak (11.5 perception Arcadia, with skirt) and have taken it on calm waters in SF Bay. Thoughts on this boat in Monterey Bay?

    March 22, 2013

    • John M.

      @Liz: Join the untold thousands. It's just a matter of time before you get the moves into muscle memory (several things need to happen in a relatively short time), and this will be like putting your shoes on. What we can also do is have an experienced buddy standing there in the water as you land, to provide whatever help you'd like in getting out of the water upright (you'd probably get your feet wet). :^)

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • MAG

      Jeremy--my kayak is of similar size and it sounds like things should be ok. We have some very experienced (and very nice) group members who can advise and help out as well.

      April 20, 2013

  • Dave D.

    All: Does anyone happen to have a kids' size 8 shorty/spring suit (outgrown by their last child, perhaps?). I am looking for one for my son, who is a tall 7-year-old. Craigslist is great, but sometimes it can be a long drive for an 'unsure thing.' And I'd rather buy from a KA member -- keep the money in the family!

    April 18, 2013

  • MAG

    REALLY looking forward to this (since it was announced, in fact)--not just the fabulous location, and the onshore festivities (bring on those bumper stickers!), but reuniting with my friends and meeting new people! Kayak on!

    April 6, 2013

  • Brett & G.

    We've just joined, and this will be our first time to meet you folks!

    April 1, 2013

  • John M.

    @Jeremy: The beaches at MBK and Lovers Cove are protected, so surf is minimal (small swells, and waves of a foot or so). That said, you can tip a kayak over in a one-foot wave (voice of inattentive experience) :^)

    March 22, 2013

  • John M.

    MBK will put a limit on how far you can go with a rental (the Aquarium, which is still a nice paddle), unless you assume all responsibility for the boat and gear. A nice paddle (unfortunately, further out than the Aquarium) is to Lovers' Cove (protected beach landing) for lunch and return. Some of us will want to get out to Point Pinos and into the open ocean for a bit. Gorgeous.

    March 22, 2013

  • Dave D.

    These kickoffs are turning into reunions. I love this club!

    March 19, 2013

  • Eric N.

    Maybe, but hope to see you there

    March 17, 2013

  • Laura B

    Tentative yes. (I may be camping that weekend)

    February 24, 2013

  • jt

    I will pay you because I want a carpool that can accommodate my folding bike

    February 7, 2013

  • jt

    I need a ride

    February 2, 2013

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