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Bodega Bay Bash Expression Session
September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Bodega Bay Bash Updates – September 19, 2017
- Saturday and Sunday Intro to Kayak Surfing clinics will meet dressed and ready to paddle at 9:00 AM in the main Dillon Beach parking lot.
- Saturday and Sunday High Performance Surfing Clinics will meet dressed and ready to paddle at 9:00 AM in the main Dillon Beach parking lot.
- Make sure your surf kayak has grab tails, not loops.
- If you plan to try a composite surf kayak, bring Jackson Happy Feet or foam to help with outfitting.
- You will need $8 to park at Dillon Beach even if you have a campsite at Lawson’s Landing.
- If you need additional parking for your campsite, there is free parking in town on Oceana Drive.
- There are no showers at Dillon Beach.
Come join members of the West Coast tribe for a celebration of kayak surfing! Surf specific kayaks, whitewater kayaks, and waveskis welcome. Bodega Bash is open to all levels. Bring your friends and family to share in the fun!
All events will be held at Dillon Beach. If conditions are not appropriate at Dillon Beach, an alternative break (Bolinas or Salmon Creek) may be selected for surfing; however, camping will remain at Lawson’s Landing. The organizers plan to arrive Friday night and camp until Sunday.
Campsite Information and Reservations
Lawson’s Landing begins taking reservations 11 weeks out – reservations are now open! Most festivities will occur on Saturday and Sunday, but please feel free to come early and stay late. To reserve a site, visit the Lawson’s Landing website.
Saturday and Sunday, from sun up to sun down, we will be surfing our hearts out at Dillon Beach. It is a free surf so we are welcoming all paddlers of all levels to catch waves and have fun! While resting on the beach, watch and learn as the US West Team prepares for the World Surf Kayak Championships in October.
Introduction to Kayak Surfing – Saturday and Sunday
Interested in learning to kayak surf? Members of the US West Team will be teaching an Introduction to Kayak Surfing clinic on Saturday and Sunday. This clinic will cover some fundamental skills, surf zone safety and etiquette. No experience necessary. Dagger Kaos kayaks and paddles will be generously provided by California Canoe & Kayak. You are required to supply your own personal kit including a wetsuit or drysuit, PFD, and helmet. Start time will be announced the week before the event.
Registration is now open!
High Performance Kayak Surfing – Saturday and Sunday
Want to take your surfing to the next level? Members of the US West Team will be offering a high performance surf clinic on Saturday and Sunday. During this clinic, your instructors will demonstrate and coach you in techniques such as the take-off, bottom turn, cut backs and re-entries. Participants in this clinic should have solid paddling skills and a reliable combat roll in surf. You will need to supply your own boat and kit including a PFD and helmet. This clinic will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Start times will be announced the week before the event.
Registration is now open!
Several local kayak surfers will bring boats to demo. Be sure to check back, this list will be updated periodically.
- Mega Banshee
- Mega Halo
- Ride Eclipse
- Random Rampage
Saturday Night BBQ and Bonfire
Join us Saturday night for a BBQ and bonfire at the Lawson’s Landing campground. Dennis Judson is rumored to be preparing quite the feast! The BBQ is donation based and all proceeds will go toward helping the US West Team offset the cost of Worlds. Availability at the BBQ is limited, so sign up early. To reserve your spot at the BBQ, email Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 11.
Dillon Beach is situated at the southern end of Bodega Bay in northern Marin County. This picturesque beach break is a favorite spot for paddle surfers due to the lack of crowds and relatively moderate conditions.
Only a few formal clinics are planned. Please contact Kelly (email@example.com) if there is a clinic you would like to see on the schedule. Likewise, if there is something you are interested in organizing, please let us know.
- Kelly Henry