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Enjoy a mystical journey of the Mendocino Coast in a kayak!
Liquid Fusion Kayaking is an owner-operated instructional kayak company on the Mendocino Coast of California. We love to share our passion for the outdoors through Northern California kayaking adventures. Please contact us if you are interested in paddling with us. From mild to wild, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a kayak adventure for everyone – from family tours that require no experience to specific skill lessons for advanced paddlers. Our goal is to provide personal, fun, interactive, and educational adventures for all ages and abilities that garner appreciation for wildlife, nature, and kayaking. Visit us for Northern California Kayaking, Kayaking in Northern California, Kayak Mendocino, Whitewater Kayaking California.
With small group sizes, Liquid Fusion Kayaking’s expert guides are at your side – enhancing the experience and sharing secrets of the wildlife and history of the Mendocino Coast that only locals know. Adventures for all ages and abilities. No experience necessary.
Our Featured Kayak Mendocino Adventures:
A Dry & Mild Mendocino Coast Kayak Adventure
Relax with a meander on the placid waters of the Noyo where all ages are delighted by curious harbor seals, amazed by gigantic sea lions, teased by quirky river otters, and intrigued with coastal birds. Wear your street clothes and enjoy a dry, comfortable ride in our tandem sea kayaks.
“This was one of the most interesting and informative nature tours that we have experienced.” – Susan
Why: The Noyo Harbor on the Mendocino Coast is fascinating with its rich fishing and logging history, wildlife, and quiet beauty. We paddle the river daily and enjoy sharing our favorite sites and knowledge of the local wildlife.
Who: Anyone and everyone should do this tour. It is great for Mendocino Coast visitors, families, first time kayakers, and is interesting for seasoned paddlers as well. No experience is necessary and all kayaking equipment is provided.
What: 1.5 hour guided tour in a stable tandem sea kayak.
When: Daily by reservation.
How: Call for reservations. (707) 962-1623
$45/person for 1.5 hr tour minimum 4 participants
$60/person for 1.5 hour tour 1-3 participants
(includes guided tour, kayak, paddle, life jacket, and splashwear)
Where: Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor and River
Wet and Wild
Experience a 3 hour playful exploration of the Mendocino Coast, enjoying areas only accessible by kayak. We show you all the tricks you need to kayak and play in our coast’s rocky features. Dart into sea caves, glide down waves, and marvel at the incredible beauty of the wild Mendocino Coast.
Why: This is a thrilling, challenging way to explore the ocean rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast.
Who: Adventuresome beginner through advanced kayakers who want to paddle and play in the waves, whitewater and rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast.
Prerequisites: This adventure requires good swimming skills and good physical fitness as this is a moderately strenuous activity with immersion in 52ish degree water (wearing a wetsuit). Previous kayaking experience is recommended but not necessary. Kids must be at least 12 years of age and strong swimmers.
What: 3 hour session with 1 hour of instruction and 2 hours of play w/guided instruction
Paddlers will learn and apply concepts and skills involved in:
• Kayak control and maneuvering
• Reading moving water
• Recognizing hazards
• Recovery Techniques
• Exploring coastal rock formations including surge channels and pour-overs and sea caves Check out Cate’s Blog for her perspective on this adventure
When: We run these adventures daily. Space is limited and each trip is customized to the participants so we require reservations and recommend that you make reservations in advance of the day that you want to go.
How: Call to schedule your adventure (707) 962-1623
Where: Our favorite playground for this trip is in the Noyo Bay and the coastline of Fort Bragg, California.
• Life jacket
• Wetsuit for immersion in 52ish degree water
• Wetsuit booties
• Insulating top (thin polar fleece or warm performance fabric recommended – no cotton).
• Water bottle
• Retention strap for glasses or sunglasses
About the Owners
Liquid Fusion Kayaking owner Jeff Laxier is a patient instructor, guide and mentor. Jeff has fallen into a passion of teaching many kayak disciplines, including whitewater kayaking, since his start in the winter of 1996.
He is certified by both the American Canoe Association(ACA)in Advanced Whitewater Kayak, river kayaking and the British Canoe Union (BCU) as a Level 3 Sea Coach and holds a 4 Star award in both surf kayaking and sea kayaking, along with a 3 Star award in Canoeing. He is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder, CPR, Red Cross Lifeguard, A former member of the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team and the U.S. Marine Corps. Jeff has a dedication to exhilarating outdoor activities that know no boundaries.
Cate is a high energy person who loves sharing her passion for learning and the outdoors with others. Cate has several K-12 teaching credentials and a masters degree in education. After 13 years working in public schools, Cate moved from the classroom to the water. Kayaking is one of her many outdoor adventure pursuits on the Mendocino Coast. When not kayaking, Cate is likely to be mountain biking or hiking in the forest. Cate is an avid birder, connoisseur of wild mushrooms, and writer.
“Wow!!! Phenomenal . . . definitely the highlight of our visit to the Mendocino Coast.” – Joan at the conclusion of a Sunset Bird Paddle.
“One of the best classes I’ve taken on any subject ever.” Danielle B of Stanford, CA writes after a Whitewater of the Sea Adventure
“This was one of the most informative nature tours that we have experienced.” – Susan
“We are looking forward to going kayaking with you again.” – Bob and Dianna
“Jeff is an incredible kayak instructor. He is outstanding for all levels and all types of kayaking. If you are at all interested in this sport, I highly recommend Jeff.” -Larry Bock
“Never in my life have I completed four days ( no less consecutively) with the thought that I improved my knowledge and skill level 100% over the prior day. It doesn’t get much better than this!”-Jane Hardy
“This was the best kayak surf session I have ever had!” -Jack Brislesy
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I Choose Liquid Fusion Kayaking for kayaking in Northern California?
From mild to wild, Liquid Fusion Kayaking has a kayak adventure for everyone. We love paddling and know that you will love paddling with us. Our tour and class sizes are small and each event is customized to fit the interests and abilities of the group. All Liquid Fusion Kayaking events are run by Jeff or Cate who are professionally trained kayak instructors, knowledgeable about the local wildlife and history, and love sharing the waters of the Mendocino Coast with others.
We paddle the Noyo River, Noyo Bay, and Mendocino Coastline so much that we know where all the wildlife hang out and have named many of the rocks and coastal features. Come paddle with us and find out their names and how they were named.
If you are interested in learning to kayak or improving your skills, Liquid Fusion Kayaking will get you on the way to paddling perfection. Jeff is a BCU Level 3 Sea Coach and ACA Level 5 Whitewater Instructor and a truelly gifted paddler who will inspire and challenge you. Cate is newer to the paddling world and has a fresh perspective on teaching and learning basic skills. She is an expert teacher and knows the tricks to skill mastery. As a teaching team, Jeff and Cate combine their skills to make a dynamic learning environment for their students that involves guided practice, immediate feedback, individualized instruction, and video analysis.
Where are you located?
We are often on the water – give us a call and you may catch us at our home office or our shop which is on the southside of the Noyo River at Dolphin Isle Marina. All of our kayak adventures are by reservation.
Do you rent kayaks?
YES!!! We now rent kayaks for paddling on the quiet waters of Fort Bragg’s Noyo River Estuary. Pick the kayak that is right for you – singles, doubles, large cockpits, kids seats, doggie vests – and kayak Mendocino today.
Our rentals are for the Noyo River Estuary only. If you are interested in whitewater kayaking or paddling into the Noyo Harbor and/or in the ocean, check out our guided tours.
Do I need to be experienced?
We have adventures for those with no experience. These are all guided adventures that are designed to be comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. We provide all the equipment that you need and have several options so that you can choose from our mild to wild continuum. We also teach kayaking. Check out our classes if you are interested in learning to kayak.
If you are an experienced paddler, check out the variety of tours and classes that we offer. We offer a discounted rate if you use your own gear but have kayaks and gear available for all of our adventures.
Can kids participate?
Kids love kayaking and we love sharing the outdoors via kayak with them. Kids are engaged with the special activities that we have for them. We recommend our Sunset Bird Paddle or Noyo Meander for anyone ages 3 and up. We use stable and comfortable tandem sea kayaks for our tours that are great for kids and adults. 3 and 4 year old children will sit in the lap of a parent in the front of one of our tandem sea kayaks. 5 years and up enjoy the front row seat of a tandem.
What about adventurous children? From mild to wild, we have options for everyone. Ages 9 and up will enjoy our cruising the wild -coastal exploration. And for those that like a lot of adventure, 12 years and up will be thrilled by our Wet & Wild – Whitewater of the Sea Adventure.
Check out our pages for kids. These contain educational materials on the wildlife and wonders of the Noyo River and Pacific Ocean as well as information for kids on kayaking.
Our master teacher Cate is working on a new “Kayaking Kids” adventure. Be sure to check back.
What do I wear?
Wear your street clothes on our Noyo Harbor, Sunset Bird Paddle, or Mild Coastal Exploration Tours. We provide waterproof splashwear that you will put on over your clothes. Lightweight tennis shoes tend to work best for footwear on these tours. We recommend that you leave all valuable jewelry behind and have a retainer strap for your glasses or sunglasses.
For our rock gardening adventure, classes, enthusiast, and advanced tours; please refer to each page for a description of attire and call or email with any questions.
What type of kayaks do you use?
We use all types of kayaks dependent upon the adventure. Typically we use our tandem sea kayaks for beginner and recreational tours because the are stable, comfortable, warm, dry, and efficient. We use single kayaks for our rock gardening, enthusiast, and advanced level tours and classes.
On our Kayaking ROCKS!!! adventure we use sit-on-top whitewater kayaks because it is a wet and wild adventure. Whitewater kayaks (sit inside) are also available with prior proper training.
For our other tours, we use the type of kayaks that you “sit inside.” We use these because they are warmer, faster, drier, and more efficient. These boats are more stable than most sit-on-top kayaks and a capsize on our recreational level adventures is highly unlikely. In the event of a capsize, paddlers come out of the boat just like they would if they capsized a sit-on-top kayak.
Paddlers enrolling in our enthusiast level adventures need to have self-rescue and buddy rescue skills, and paddlers participating in performance level adventures need to have a reliable eskimo roll.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Should I bring my camera?
It is up to you. Many people bring their camera and find that they are so engaged in the tour that they forget to take photos. For the shutterbug, we have an amazing tour with scenery and wildlife that you will enjoy capturing on film. We don’t assume responsibility for your camera so we recommend that you bring a waterproof type or waterproof housing, and/or a dry bag. Contact us prior to your tour if you need to rent a dry bag from us.
Or let us take the photos for you. We typically carry a camera with us during events and take photos and video. At the end of the day, we upload our photos into our photo gallery so that you can see photos and videos from your adventure. You can share the photos and videos with your friends and can purchase prints, downloads, or merchandise from the gallery.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs can join their companions on our rentals.
We allow dogs on private tours. Contact us if you are interested in a tour and want to bring your dog along.
What if the weather is bad?
What if it rains or is foggy?
We run our trips rain or shine. Waterproof paddling gear makes paddling in the rain and fog magical.
What if the ocean is rough, has big swells, or fog?
If ocean conditions are not going to be favorable for our scheduled adventure, we will modify the adventure.
The Noyo River is protected and is accessible most of the time. Storms with gale force winds and producing several inches of rain are pretty much the only condition that will make us cancel a trip. If we cancel a trip for any reason, you will receive a full refund.
How to Register
Reservations must be made for all tours, lessons, classes, and rentals. We do this to ensure availability and optimal conditions.
Call us at (707)962-1623 to make reservations. We don’t do online reservations because we aren’t a one size fits all company. We want to ensure that you get the right kayaking experience. You may email us with questions or to inquire about availability. Please use the contact us button at the top of the site or click here.
Payment for tours and lessons is due at the time of registration.
LFK accepts cash (US only), checks, Discover Card, Visa, or Mastercard ($35 fee for returned checks).
You may cancel and receive a refund minus a $25 office fee if you contact LFK 24 hours prior to your adventure. There are no refunds for cancellations less than 24 hours notice. Our specialty tours require 72 hours cancellation notice (this is noted at the time of registration and on your email confirmation).
Our events run rain or shine. We reserve the right to modify event and event location when weather or water conditions necessitate.
There will be no refunds for no shows.
If we cancel an event for any reason, a full refund will be given.
Responsibility and Liability
Participants will be required to sign a release of liability/assumption of risk form and photography/video waiver before departure. Minors under 18 not accompanied by their parents must bring a release form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
Liquid Fusion Kayaking provides a free photo gallery with purchase of any tour. Visit us for Northern California Kayaking, Kayaking in Northern California, Kayak Mendocino, Whitewater Kayaking California.
- 32399 Basin St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
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