Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Storm Gathering USA 2017 - Event Video

Storm Gathering USA 2017 - Event Video. 
Produced by Helen Wilson
Storm Gathering events are sea kayak symposiums designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. The UK SGS and the SGS USA events are presented by

The symposium featured in this video took place in Trinidad, California from March 3 to 5, 2017. The next UK event takes place next March 2018 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The next USA event takes place March 8 to 10, 2019 in Trinidad, California.

Get in touch if you want more information about either event -

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kokatat - Pure Gold

We are pleased to announce that Kokatat Watersports Wear will be the major presenting sponsor at Storm Gathering USA 2017.
Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in 1971 and has since gone on to be one of the most trusted brands of sea kayak clothing and equipment internationally. Today, more than 90% of Kokatat’s global sales are generated from apparel and accessories manufactured locally by locals in Arcata, CA.
Both Helen and Mark have been Kokatat Brand Ambassadors since 2008, and throughout all our teaching and travel adventures, we have found that Kokatat is the finest and most durable paddling apparel in the world.

Kokatat has also been supporting both UK Storm Gathering and Storm Gathering USA symposiums as far back as 2008, and we feel honored to be continually connected with this great Humboldt-based manufacturer.
This year, Kokatat will be opening up it’s factory to symposium participants, providing a unique insight into how it’s all done behind the scenes. 
Jeff Turner, Kokatat’s Sales/Marketing/Design Manager will speaking on the Saturday evening about the history of the company and it’s continued impact on the paddlesports community. 
Kokatat has also provide some major prizes for the event raffle including a Passage Anorak, a OuterCore Habanero Liner, a Poseidon PFD, a Tactic pack AND hydration reservoir, and Woolcore Long Sleeve Shirt.
So now is the time to get into the water with Storm Gathering USA 2017 and Kokatat this March in Trinidad, CA. See you soon Storm Paddlers!
Contact us directly if you still wish to attend the event.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Ben Lawry.

The rather bodacious Ben Lawry will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Storm Paddling Essentials (with Mark Tozer)

Session 3: Moderate Water Boat Handling (with Jeff Laxier)
Saturday Evening: Master of Ceremony
Session 4: Developing Boat Control

Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Sean Morley.

The rather astounding Sean Morley will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Long Boat Surfing – Full
Session 2: Fundamentals of Rock Gardening (with Paul Kuthe) – Full
Session 3: Rough Water Boat Handling
Session 4: Ocean Journey – Full
Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Monday, February 13, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Bill Vonnegut.

The rather bodacious Bill Vonnegut will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Developing Boat Control
Session 2: Situational Rolling and Bracing (with Kelly Marie Henry)
Session 3: Intermediate Rock Gardening (with Paul Kuthe)
Session 4: Situational Rolling and Bracing
Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Qajaq Building With Maligiaq Padilla

Book Your Place On This Very Special Workshop by Saturday, February 18th!

If you're serious about taking part in this extraordinary class taught by Maligiaq Padilla please get in touch with True North Boats immediately. They need a firm commitment from all participants absolutely no later than Saturday, February 18th

*Payment arrangements are a possibility

*Affordable lodging for out-of-town students available.

In this intensive workshop you'll make your own tailor-fitted, high performance Greenland sea qajaq based upon the measurements of your body. Maligiaq Padilla learned his building techniques from Inuit elders in his home village of Sisimiut, Greenland and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others.

Qajaqs built by Padilla are housed at the Greenland Sisimiut Museum, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and the Kativik Cultural Center in Nome. He is the only person in history to win ten Greenland National Qajaq Championships.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn the ancient craft of Greenland qajaq building from one who has lived it fully. 

Class space is very limited, so we encourage you to contact True North Boats soon.

True North Boats (707) 834-3893

Mind's Eye Manufactory (707) 786-3393

393 Main Street, Ferndale, CA 95540