Cate

Cate Hawthorne Cate Hawthorne 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. Cate is also an avid mountain biker, birder, and wild mushroom connoisseur.

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Nick’s Nightmare

Jun 30, 2014
Nick’s Nightmare

"You've got a big boat - you gotta go for the big wave!"I've been getting my new Jackson Kayak Karma RG out to play in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast.  A lot of my time is teaching and coaching so I get to work on dialing in my skills on ...

Goldilocks Outfits Her Jackson Kayak

Jun 17, 2014
Goldilocks Outfits Her Jackson Kayak

I love the simplicity of Jackson Kayak's outfitting - especially since it doesn't involve ratchets (which corrode and break) and has a bulkhead that can be adjusted on the fly (no more wrestling matches on shore getting a bulk head into place).  T...

Symphony of the Noyo

Jun 13, 2014
Symphony of the Noyo

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.Nathaniel HawthorneWe all have those days when things don't go as planned.  Sometimes being open to p...

Ya Never Know

May 29, 2014
Ya Never Know

One of my favorite things about teaching and guiding kayak adventures is "Ya Never Know" what you might see or encounter.Last week I was guiding a family from the bay area on a Noyo Meander Kayak Tour.  The trip was fun with a positive energetic g...

Action Jackson

Apr 29, 2014
Action Jackson

Jeff and I are excited to have been invited to join Jackson Kayak's Exploration Team.  Last fall, we pulled the trigger on some brand new Jackson Kayak Zen's to use for Liquid Fusion Kayaking's rock gardening and whitewater kayaking classes. &nbsp...

Rumors of a New Rock Garden Kayak

Mar 17, 2014
Rumors of a New Rock Garden Kayak

The rumors that Jackson Kayak has a new rock garden kayak are true.  Last week, we got to take the first ones out for a 3 day demo and video shoot on the waters of Mendocino County.  The boat is called the Karma Unlimited RG.  We ended u...

Working at Play and Playing at Work

Feb 12, 2014
Working at Play and Playing at Work

"Working at Play and Playing at Work" was the title of my presentation last week at Fort Bragg and Mendocino High Schools' career day.  The lines of work are often blurred in the kayaking business. Riding a fat pour-over.  Photo by Matt Nelso...

Whirlwind

Feb 5, 2014
Whirlwind

The past 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of teaching and paddling and all of the energy and logistics that go into teaching and paddling.  I have to admit that my mind and body are a bit tired but my spirit is soaring.Cate Hawthorne diagrams the sur...

Valley Gemini SP – Poly

Jan 16, 2014
Valley Gemini SP – Poly

Both Jeff and I really like the composite version of Valley Sea Kayak's Gemini SP and were really looking forward to trying out the plastic version.  (Here's a link to my review of the composite Gemini).  At Lumpy Waters, Jeff got to pad...

Snow Day on the Eel River

Dec 19, 2013
Snow Day on the Eel River

Cold and dry was the prediction for the winter of 2013/2014 and it seems that they were correct.Over the weekend, Jeff and I did a scouting trip to the Eel River.  We were preparing for a swiftwater safety course and expected the river to be low b...

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