Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Without Borders

The day before yesterday I flew in to Loreto. From the air I could see it was blowing strongly from the North. Not nice for the paddlers out there. Maddie, SKBM's operational manager, kindly picked me up from the airport.

As soon I was at SKBM operational HQ, I set myself to help with the trip clean-up for a trip that Ginni led. It is nice to meet Ginni again. I could well have missed her as the SKBM calender in the office is full of overlapping activities. It is impressive to see how Ginni's business has grown and how the attention to quality, detail and personal attention have not changed; simply the best. Another group with Marcos returned yesterday. It is a group with Greg Paquin that made it around Carmen in a week with all strong northwesterlies.

Our 12-day trip starts Tuesday and I arrived early to acclimatize and help with the preparations; if needed. The preparations of the new trip start with the end of the previous.

Our aim is to paddle from Mulege to Coronados, get a resupply from Loreto and then cross to Carmen running down the west coast of Carmen and out near Puerto Escondido. Looking at my pictures taken from the plane, this plan is surely weather dependant. This route contains some very exposed headlands and a committing crossing. I am thrilled that Ramon is a guide on this trip. Ramon helped with preparations on my previous trips and it is nice to have him now also on the trip.

So now ready with clean-up of all the boats and 'our' boats have been assigned and helping Ramon with further preparations.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Baja a Go

I just booked my flights to Baja! A magic place for scenery and wildlife!

Since 2008 I am organizing trips for Dutch paddlers out of Loreto using the logistics of Ginni Callahan's Sea Kayak Baja Mexico. From 9 until 20 Februari 2016 we will paddle from Mulege to Loreto including Isla Carmen.

This is the first year we have an international team and there are now only two spaces left on this trip. The maximum group size, including the two guides, is only 7-8 people.

This is an exposed coastal trip in the Sea of Cortez, and your paddling ability should be of BCU 3* Sea level or equivalent with sea kayak camping experience. More information is on the Sea Kayak Baja Mexico website, and/or contact me (or SKBM).

If you want to join us, please reserve your spot directly at Sea Kayak Baja Mexico.

In the latest Ocean Paddler Magazine (#48), Ginni Callahan writes about her Sea of Cortez trip last year with Justine Curgenven.

A selection of slideshows of my previous Baja trips: