Cate Hawthorne and Jeff Laxier, the owner-operators of Fort Bragg-based Liquid Fusion Kayaking, teach and guide kayak nature history tours, sea kayaking, whitewater river kayaking, rock gardening, and surf kayaking on the Mendocino Coast of California. Their unusually adventurous business will appeal to anyone who wants to experience the wild whitewater of the ocean, or a more leisurely trip up the Noyo River, in a new way.
According to Liquid Fusion Kayaking’s co-owners, their goal is to provide fun, personal, interactive, and educational adventures that garner appreciation for wildlife, nature, and kayaking.
Established in 2005 — after 10 years as a kayak instructor, Jeff Laxier founded Liquid Fusion Kayaking (LFK). Jeff and LFK toured the West Coast from Baja California to Alaska, teaching and guiding sea, river, and surf kayaking. During Jeff’s gypsy kayak wanderings, he found lots of paddling fun on the Mendocino Coast and vowed to return there again and again.
One day on the Mendocino Coast, he met Cate Hawthorne. Eventually, Jeff found himself spending more and more time on the Mendocino Coast, and Cate found herself paddling more and more. In the spring of 2008, Cate and Jeff decided to operate LFK together on the Mendocino Coast.
Cate and Jeff, who take pride in running their small business, are getting ready for their annual Spring-Summer tour season. Their tours range from dry and mild, to wet and wild!
Highlights of their premium tours include:
Noyo Meander (family friendly)
Customized tours are available. In addition to tours, they offer kayak instruction for beginning through advanced kayakers, including sea, whitewater, and surf kayaking.
In September, Liquid Fusion Kayaking will offer a five-day sea kayaking class, called The Art of Sea Kayaking on the Mendocino Coast.
- To make reservations, they provide an online calendar, which shows availability of dates.
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., Liquid Fusion Kayaking will be offering a special benefit tour, Afternoon on the Noyo River — a family friendly, fun afternoon kayaking experience, with all proceeds going to local causes, Books for Babies and Kits for Kindergarten.
For more information about the tours and other events at Liquid Fusion Kayaking, visit their web site, email them, or call: (707) 962-1623. You’ll find directions to their headquarters on their web site. (All photos shown here are courtesy of Liquid Fusion Kayaking.)
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