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“The Art of Kayaking” An In-Store Seminar with Nigel Foster

February 10, 2018 5:00-7:30 pm. Cost $59 Includes Nigel Foster’s latest book The Art of Kayaking. Please call to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Nigel Foster’s “Art of Kayaking” seminar will explore two different facets of sea kayaking: behind the scenes chart reading/interpretation, and into the scenes paddling technique.

Experience kayaking skills through Nigel Foster’s eyes with the help of his images from around the world. Learn how to interpret swell patterns and tidal current. Analyze beach profiles for easier launching and landing. See how different timing strategies for landing affect outcome. Focus on the small details in paddle blade alignment that offer a key to easy kayak control.

Nigel will also lead you through an introduction to charts and tides simplifying documents that may otherwise appear daunting. His aim is to offer you easy steps you can confidently follow.

Nigel’s latest book The Art of Kayaking contains a distillation of a lifetime of paddling experience. Here is an opportunity to have details illuminated by photographs and animated graphics to clarify the finer points and illustrate the nuances of kayaking. You will have an opportunity to ask Nigel to clarify any questions you have.

New and Used Kayaks for Sale

Lots of great deals on used kayaks. Check out our current list. We also have a huge inventory of new kayaks inOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the shop and easy access to the Willamette River for a test paddle. We stock over 70 different models!  You’ll find reasonably priced, beginner-friendly boats along with the finest high-performance composite kayaks, and everything in between.

Kayak Rentals

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Recreational Kayaks $14/hour (2 hour minimum fee).

Frequent Paddler Discount: 10 hour package for $100. This is a great way to try a bunch of different boats to find what works best for you. See our Rentals Page for all rentals, including Performance Sea Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, Canoes and Standup Paddleboards.

Kayak Tours

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First-time kayakers and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy a unique perspective of Portland on this guided tour circumnavigating Ross Island on the Willamette River. We’ll paddle past an impressive blue heron rookery and possibly see bald eagles and osprey as we glide by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There is an unparalleled view of Portland’s skyline on our way back to the dock.

Kayak Tours

Ross Island Kayak Tour – Willamette River DSC_3519

First-time kayakers and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy a unique perspective of Portland on this guided tour circumnavigating Ross Island on the Willamette River. We’ll paddle past an impressive blue heron rookery and possibly see bald eagles and osprey as we glide by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There is an unparalleled view of Portland’s skyline on our way back to the dock.

Gift Certificates for the Holidays

Need a great gift idea for a friend, family member or co-worker?  We offer gift certificates for our guided kayak tours, classes, kayak rentals, or general merchandise in our shop.  If you don’t have time to stop by our store location you can order one over the phone (503 459-4050) to be mailed either to you or the lucky recipient.

Ross Island Kayak Tours

Ross Island Kayak Tour in Portland, Oregon. willy1Offered daily at 10:00 and 2:00 – reservations are required.  First-time kayakers and experienced paddlers alike will enjoy a unique perspective of Portland on this guided tour circumnavigating Ross Island on the Willamette River. We’ll paddle past an impressive blue heron rookery and possibly see bald eagles and osprey as we glide by Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. There is an unparalleled view of Portland’s skyline on our way back to the dock.  Tour is 2.5 to 3 hours (no experience required) Cost: $45 

Sunset Kayak Tours

Ross Island Sunset Tour – 2.5 to 3 hours (no experience required) Cost: $49 t2
Offered daily, May through September, 6:00 pm reservations are required
Join us for a kayak tour around Ross Island as the sun sets over the Portland skyline.