Exploring the Channel Islands by kayak

Local freelance writer and photographer Chuck Graham will describe his favorite kayaking trips and wildlife encounters around the Channel Islands, during the June From Shore to Sea lecture.

The isolation of the Channel Islands and conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel can make access challenging – areas where it is hard to sail or kayak, due to high winds, rough seas, or big swells, abound, often making it difficult for visitors to reach places they would most like to explore.

For Graham, kayaking provides an opportunity to seek out these little-known and out-of-the-way areas, and his talk will describe some of his most challenging and most rewarding kayaking trips circumnavigating the unique eddies and coves of the islands.

Graham, an accomplished waterman, has been paddling at the Channel Islands for 20 years and has been guiding other visitors on kayak excursions for 14 years for Channel Islands Outfitters.

The talk will be held on Thursday, June 9. The From Shore to Sea lecture series is sponsored by Channel Islands National Park to further the understanding of current research on the Channel Islands and surrounding marine waters. The lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m.  at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor.

This lecture can also be viewed live online at Shore to Sea lecture series.


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