Thursday, December 11, 2014

Storm Gathering USA: Step-By-Step Registration Process


Photo Credit: Helen Wilson Collection.

Storm Gathering USA Website

Step 1: Read through the booking conditions on the registration information page and make sure that you understand them. Look over the website categories to make sure you have an overview of the symposium.

Step 2: Read through the self-assessment criteria and decide which level best describes you. Feel free to ask us if you are unsure where to place yourself, or seek advice from a friend or coach who knows you.

Step 3: Look at the classes that are on offer in March, and decide which you’d like to attend.

Step 4: Look at the accommodation options, and think about where you will stay. The price of the ticket does not include lodging. We are happy to make further recommendations.

Step 5: Make sure to consult your physician to ensure that you are in good enough health to participate in potentially strenuous water activities.

Step 6: Registration begins on Monday, Dec. 1. Complete your booking form, making sure to complete all of the required fields at EventBrite - Storm Gathering USA.

Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. If you wish to pay by check, money order or require an invoice, write to us directly and we can assist you with these options.

Step 7: Read over the confirmation email and check for any errors on your ticket. Contact us with any questions. Once we have a general idea of the classes participants wish to attend, we will allocate the right coaches and build the best schedule for everyone.

Step 8: After that, get out and keep active until we see you in March.

The main Storm Gathering USA website can be found here.

Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The Storm Gathering USA Team.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Storm Gathering USA: Booking Conditions & Payment Methods



Photo Credit: Damon Maguire.

Storm Gathering USA takes place from March 6 to 8, 2105 in Trinidad, California.

Storm Gathering USA Website

We will be using EventBrite to manage bookings. If you wish to pay by check or require an invoice, write to us directly and we can assist you with these options.

Registration opened on December 1 and closes on February 23. If maximum numbers are reached before February 23, then registration will close sooner.

This event is not suitable for minors, unless accompanied by an adult family member.

ALL classes are subject to weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to make changes to venues, schedules, instructors and/or students at any time. We will not be providing refunds due to weather or sea conditions. We will work to provide safe venues despite the weather. By signing up you are accepting the risks with full knowledge that we cannot guarantee safe sea conditions for all classes.

Booking Conditions:

1. The symposium fee includes access to all Storm Gathering USA workshops, presentations and social events.

2. The symposium fee does not include accommodation, transport or equipment. It does not include classes that take place outside of the main symposium timeframe.

3. A place in the symposium can not be considered booked until a completed submission via Eventbrite and payment of all fees due have been received by the event organizers.

Payment:

1. Bookings and on-line payment should go through Eventbrite: Storm Gathering USA.

2. Checks and/or money orders should be made payable to: Greenland or Bust and mailed to: Greenland or Bust, PO Box 4183, Arcata, CA 95518, U.S.A. Please include your phone number on all checks and/or money orders.

Cancellation by Participants:

1. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the event organizers.

2. Cancellations must be made in writing 14 days prior to the event. You will receive a refund minus a $25 administration fee.

3. Cancellations made less than 14 days before the event may be liable to a loss of fees paid unless the symposium organizers are able to fill that place with a new participant. If the place is filled, you will receive a refund minus a $25 administration fee.

4. Non-attendance will incur the loss of total fees paid.

Cancellation by the Storm Gathering USA Team:

1. Whilst every attempt will be made to ensure that all planned classes and journeys actually run, the event organizers reserve the right to cancel a class at any time where numbers fail to reach a workable minimum or where conditions are not suitable for the required level of participation. As much notice as possible will be given, and participants will be offered a revised class option(s), including indoor activities.

2. The event organizers will not be liable for payments made to other service providers such as for travel, equipment hire and/or accommodation.

The main Storm Gathering USA website can be found here.

Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The Storm Gathering USA Team

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Storm Gathering USA: Class Descriptions


Photo Credit: Mark Tozer Collection.

Storm Gathering USA Website

Important Reading:


  • To ensure your safety and that of your fellow paddlers, please read through the self-assessment criteria before making your class choices.
  • Possible venues include Trinidad State Beach, Trinidad Harbor, Moonstone Beach, Big Lagoon County Park and Humboldt Bay. Actual venues will be determined by the prevailing weather and marine forecasts during weekend.
  • When purchasing a full event ticket (option one & option two), you are registering to participate in four classes during the symposium
  • Please pick your first four class choices, and list them in the priority that you wish to take them. That is, the class that you’d like to take the most, list first.
  • The Storm Gathering USA Team will do their best to give you your first choices. To help us, in case of class cancellations or maximum numbers reached, please provide four additional choices (total of eight).
  • We will consider your learning progression while scheduling the classes. However, there will need to be some flexibility as to which session you take which class.
  • ALL classes are subject to weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to make changes to venues, schedules, instructors and students at any time.
  • The Storm Gathering USA Team will not provide refunds due to weather or sea conditions. We will work to provide alternate classes and safe venues as appropriate.
  • By signing up you are accepting the risks with full knowledge that we cannot guarantee safe sea conditions for all classes.

All Levels

Effective Forward Paddling

This stripped-down, back-to-basics, paddling essentials session with coach-led analysis of your performance, will focus on how to generate efficient forward boat speed. If you are looking to get more miles for less effort in stormy conditions, or are hoping to ready yourself for greater challenges, this is the class for you. The class will include a number of on-water activities to improve performance.

Developing Boat Control

The aim of this class is to look at the principles of active posture, balance and connection to develop more fluid boat control skills. The focus of this session is improving bracing, maneuvering and directional control through stroke analysis and dynamic coaching activities. The goal is to enable you to become a more efficient paddler, whatever the conditions.

Fun with Foster

Description coming soon!

Simplifying the Roll

This is a multi-level class. Topics that can be covered include first rolls, other-side rolls, layback paddle rolls, forward finish paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

Kayak Sailing

Seen as safety features in Australia where the modern kayak sail was developed, sails provide auxiliary power and increased visibility. Sailing develops an understanding of wind and helps with mastering slicing strokes. It’s also a ton of fun. Learn to raise and lower the sail, stow it efficiently and use it to sail across the wind, paddle-sail up to 45-degrees upwind and, of course, fly downwind. Catching wind-waves suddenly becomes easy. Practice a roll with a sail, and learn to modify a quick capsize recovery. The Flat Earth Kayak Sails used for this class are authentic Australian sails which freely permit all paddle strokes, edging and performance paddling. The sail folds flush on the deck when not in use. Suction-cup-mounted sails are available to attach to your fiberglass deck.

Level 1 - 2

Surf Zone Fundamentals

This class takes participants into a gentle surf zone where they will learn fundamental surf zone skills. Participants will develop confidence while learning to read the water. This class is about comfort, safety and understanding the dynamics of the surf zone, it is not about learning to “surf,” although that may be covered as well.

Storm Paddling Essentials

This class will give participants a safe and enjoyable introduction to storm paddling with the emphasis on essential kayak skills to develop boat confidence and abilities. Participants will be introduced to a range of boat handling techniques for use in wind and swell.

Fundamentals of Rock Gardening

This class is for those new to rock gardening. You’ll learn essential rock gardening skills, such as timing waves and swell, reading water and safely playing around rocks, tunnels and/or caves.

Core Rescue Skills

Performing a deep-water rescue at sea does not have to be a complex task. The aim of this class is to enable participants to come away with a clear understanding of the key principles involved when performing a rescue. Participants will explore a range of common scenarios and be shown straightforward strategies that can be practiced with confidence. Both self and assisted rescues will be covered.

The Fundamentals of Sea Kayak Leadership

This class will focus on the fundamental of leadership needed by sea kayakers who want to take responsibility for others in easy and moderate sea conditions. Participants will journey along a suitable stretch of coastline, exploring the principles of planning/anticipation, communication/group management, route choice and positioning.

Ocean Journey

This class will cover the essentials needed when planning a coastal sea kayak journey. Participants will go for a journey in a sheltered coastal location. By the end of the class participants will understand the planning and considerations that should be done before day tripping on the ocean.

Level 2 - 3

Long Boat Surfing

Participants will learn how to safely catch and ride a wave in a sea kayak. The aim is to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of respected coaches who will enhance the participants understanding of surf skills.

Short Boat Surfing

Participants will learn how to safely catch and ride a wave in a short boat. The aim is to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of respected coaches who will enhance the participants understanding of surf skills.i

Moderate Water Boat Handling

This session will have participants paddling with confidence and efficiency in moderate water conditions. Participants will learn how to turn with accuracy and control using their boat to its full potential. The session will take a progressive approach, building upon established skills while exploring the ocean coastline.

Whitewater of the Sea

In this class participants will use whitewater kayaks to find features and work on water reading, finesse and timing to play, play, play. Participants will learn to move their boat more efficiently, work with the water and maybe even get creative with some fancy moves. A reliable roll is required.

Intermediate Rock Gardening

This class is for those who have previous experience rock gardening and would like to take things up a notch. The class will take place in rock gardens that are more exposed to swell and waves, have tighter turns, more obstacles and longer pourovers than the Fundamentals of Rock Gardening class. Previous rock garden experience is required.

Combat Rolling

This class is for those with a “pool” or “flat water” roll who want to try using it in a more dynamic setting. The class will take place in a gentle surf zone, where participants will become more comfortable rolling in both surf and with obstacles that are often present in a “combat” situation (such as sand or rocks).

Incident Management

This class is designed to cover skills and procedures that will help participants develop a step-by-step approach to handle potential incidents on the ocean while under pressure. As an active group, participants will be faced with a number of challenging scenarios. The aim of the program is to decrease the chances of these incidents from occurring and increase each individual’s ability to deal with them safely using clear operating principles.

Practical Leadership & Group Dynamics

The goal of this class is to share thoughts, experiences and elements of leadership theory in a practical, interactive way, which will enable intermediate and advanced sea kayakers to become more aware of the role they play in group paddling dynamics. The class will use boat based activities and/or scenarios which will help participants to take on an effective leadership role.

Sea Journey 

If you are planning to leave the coastline behind and head out for the distant blue horizon, or if you are looking for top tips and techniques to fine-tune your open ocean planning skills, then this class is for you. Participants will receive advice and practical training to help them to prepare for their own offshore adventures in the future.

Level 3

Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing

This class will look at launching and landing in tricky surf zones. This class is not about surfing, but instead it covers reading a tricky launch or landing site and the techniques to get you through the surf zone effectively. Please note that this is an advanced-level class that takes place in a tricky (but safe) surf zone. Participants must have previous experience in surf and a reliable roll.

Rough Water Boat Handling

This class is for intermediate and advanced paddlers who want to master the skills needed to maneuver a sea kayak efficiently in rough water and challenging conditions. Participants will develop confident boat control using swell and waves. They will paddle the most exposed parts of the coast, actively searching out “adventure.” Strong seamanship skills, solid paddling ability and a desire to get a bit out of your comfort zone are a must.

Rock Garden Safety and Rescue

In this class participants will learn how to safely maneuver through tricky rock gardens, caves and/or tunnels that are directly exposed to swell and/or waves. Scenarios will be presented that the group will come up with solutions for. Please note that this is an advanced-level class and requires previous rock garden experience and a dependable roll.

The main Storm Gathering USA website can be found here.

Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The Storm Gathering USA Team.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Storm Gathering USA: Event Schedule


Photo Credit: Mark Tozer Collection.

Storm Gathering USA Website

Following is the schedule for Storm Gathering USA, taking place from March 6 to 8, 2015.

The SGS USA Team reserves the right to alter the schedule as appropriate and within reason depending on the prevailing weather, marine forecast and other circumstances.

Friday


10:30 a.m. Check in Begins at Emerald Forest (continental breakfast/lunch will be available for ticket holders)

12 p.m. Welcome and Announcements at Emerald Forest

1 p.m. Session One Begins (various locations)

4:30 p.m. Session One Ends

6 p.m. Happy Hour at Trinidad Town Hall

7 p.m. Dinner for ticket holders at Trinidad Town Hall

8 p.m. Presentation at Trinidad Town Hall


Saturday


7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Outdoor Yoga for Paddlers at Emerald Forest (weather dependent)

8 a.m. Breakfast for ticket holders, and receive packed lunch at Emerald Forest

9 a.m. Morning Gathering and Announcements at Emerald Forest

9:30 a.m. Session Two Begins (various locations)

12.30 p.m. Session Two Ends

Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. Session Three Begins (various locations)

4:30 p.m. Session Three Ends

6 p.m. Happy Hour at Trinidad Town Hall

7 p.m. Dinner for ticket holders at Trinidad Town Hall

8 p.m. Presentation at Trinidad Town Hall

Sunday

7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Outdoor Yoga for Paddlers at Emerald Forest (weather dependent)

8 a.m. Breakfast for ticket holders, and receive packed lunch at Emerald Forest

9 a.m. Morning Gathering and Announcements at Emerald Forest

9:30 a.m. Session Four Begins (various locations)

1:30 p.m. Session Four Ends

2 p.m. Symposium Roundup

The main Storm Gathering USA website can be found here.

Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The Storm Gathering USA Team.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Storm Gathering USA: Event Details


Photo Credit: Helen Wilson Collection.

Storm Gathering USA Website

Date: March 6 to 8, 2015

Location: Trinidad, California

Cost: There are three ticket options -

- $450: This allows admission to all event activities and meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch (seven meals). It does not include accommodation.

- $400: This allows admission to all event activities. It does not include meals or accommodation.

- $125: This allows admission to a single, half-day class. It does not include meals or accommodation.

Description: The Storm Gathering USA symposium on the west coast is being organized by Mark Tozer and Helen Wilson of Greenland or Bust.

Mark and Helen are also the organizers of the UK Storm Gathering Symposium (UK SGS), which has become increasingly popular since its inception on the Isle of Mull, Scotland in 2006.

The event will be based at the Emerald Forest of Trinidad.

Booking will be taken from December 1, 2014 through EventBrite – Storm Gathering USA – The West Coast Event 2015.

Updates will appear on this website, via Twitter and Storm Gathering USA's Facebook page.

The main Storm Gathering USA website can be here: www.stormgatheringusa.wordpress.com

Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The Storm Gathering USA Team.

Saturday, December 06, 2014