Previous General Meetings

To give you an idea of what types of presentations we have at the BASK general meetings, here are some of our previous speakers and their topics:

Date Speaker Title Description
Aug 26, 2015 Peter Donohue Whale Watching Peter, who has been whale watching from his kayak for over 10 years and has seen hundreds of whales, shares strategies for viewing grays and humpbacks in our local waters.
Jul 29, 2015 Mike Higgins R2AK—The Race to Alaska BASK’s own Czar of the Left Coast returned to a hero’s welcome fresh from an epic 750-mile race through the Inland Passage from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK.
Jun 24, 2015 Entrepreneurial Kayakers Gear Swap With some eager to acquire that perfect kayaking accessory and others hoping to whittle down their inventory, BASKers engaged in a lively evening of bartering at the Aeolian Yacht Club.
May 27, 2015 Tom Colton Adventures on the Coast of Vancouver Island Over two summers, five BASKers explored remote islands, reassembled a sea otter skeleton, located a native burial cave, got lost in the fog, and saved a small plane from disaster.
Apr 29, 2015 Mark Berger and Winny van Veeren Kayaking Alaska’s Prince William Sound In 2011 Mark and Winny, along with paddlers Cris Lewis and Anne Kang, spent 16 days kayaking in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, with stops at Chenega and Nellie Juan Glaciers.
Mar 25, 2015 Dr. Thomas Nuckton Hypothermia Research Tom’s research on immersion hypothermia, including studies of Alcatraz swimmers who swim year-round in San Francisco Bay without wetsuits, has been used to validate Coast Guard immersion survival tables.
Feb 25, 2015 Mai Maheigan Paddling in Sensitive Seabird Sanctuaries Mai works with the Seabird Protection Network to reduce human disturbance of marine wildlife in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and other areas along the California coast. (This was a repeat presentation of her September 2014 talk.)
Jan 28, 2015 Anne Kang Changing Plans in Sitka Anne, along with fellow paddler Cris Lewis, thoroughly planned a five-week kayak excursion in Alaska, then wisely opted to use their Plan B when inclement weather dictated a change.
Oct 29, 2014 Dean Peterson The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Dean serves as a naturalist with Team OCEAN on Monterey Bay, interacting with fellow kayakers and providing an on-water presence to help protect wildlife within the Sanctuary and beyond.
Sep 24, 2014 Mai Maheigan Paddling in Sensitive Seabird Sanctuaries Mai works with the Seabird Protection Network to reduce human disturbance of marine wildlife in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and other areas along the California coast.
Aug 27, 2014 Chris Amy Mothership Kayaking in Alaska Chris—accompanied by his wife Nancy, David Kroll, and Bill Rostenberg—enjoyed the luxury of hot showers, warm dry beds, and meals fresh from the sea aboard the mothership Abyssinia.
Jul 30, 2014 Sharon Fleming, Ron Gestler, Sally Tobin & Johnny Werbe Exploring the Green River and Glen Canyon Four BASK members teamed up for a rewarding 10-day, 120-mile paddle down the beautiful Green River in Utah, followed by a scenic kayak exploration of nearby Glen Canyon.
Jun 25, 2014 Gary Goldfinger Circumnavigation of Isla Ángel de la Guarda Gary, the nephew of BASK member Steve Goldfinger, kayaked around an isolated biological reserve in Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, exploring its diverse wildlife and photographing its unique desert scenery.
May 28, 2014 Meg Marriott Wildlife Biology on the Bay As a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge specialist, Meg’s duties on San Pablo Bay include ongoing restoration efforts on the Marin Islands, an effort frequently supported by BASK volunteers.
Apr 30, 2014 Bruce Rogers Sea Cave Development Bruce, president of Western Cave Conservancy and a former USGS field geologist, has a wealth of knowledge about sea caves throughout the country, including BASK’s favorites on the Mendocino coast.
Mar 26, 2014 Matt Krizan Matt’s Backyard Odyssey (part 2) Matt returned to finish sharing his incredible offshore adventure along the entire coast of California—including an exhausting 42-mile crossing in the Channel Islands—and the lessons he learned.
Feb 26, 2014 Matt Krizan Matt’s Backyard Odyssey (part 1) Matt secured his place in local kayaking lore with his solo, 36-day journey from Oregon to the Mexican border, starting with a harrowing crash-landing after his rudder failed.
Jan 29, 2014 Barbara Kossy Seeing Sardinia by Kayak Barbara leads kayak trips around Sardinia—melding history, nature, and local culture—and offers suggestions regarding the pros and cons of using a guide versus taking a self-guided trip.
Oct 30, 2013 Lyrinda Snyderman Guerrilla Camping along the Inside Passage Lyrinda paddled with friends for two weeks, camping among the moss-covered trees of Tongass National Forest, where they saw bears, whales, and the Le Conte Glacier as they traveled.
Sep 25, 2013 Dick Ryon Big Sur Trips Dick participated in two kayak adventures along California’s Big Sur Coast: one a leisurely rock-gardening paddle from Carmel to Bixby Bridge, the other from Stillwater Cove to Pfeiffer Beach.
Aug 28, 2013 Bill Keener Return of the Harbor Porpoises Bill, with Golden Gate Cetacean Research, has been documenting Harbor Porpoise behavior for years and is excited to witness their reappearance in San Francisco Bay after a decades-long absence.
Jul 31, 2013 Bryant Austin Photographing Whales Bryant has made it his mission to inspire understanding of the ocean’s largest creatures through photography, often accompanying them for months in the water to capture incredible, close-up images.
Jun 26, 2013 Joe Petolino & Friends A Trip to Thailand Six BASKers traveled around southern Thailand, shopping for food in colorful outdoor markets, observing spectacular wildlife on land and in the water, and kayaking through amazing caves and lake scenery.
May 29, 2013 David Lindberg Gray Whale Survival Assisted by marine paleobiologist Nick Pyenson, David has undertaken historical research on gray whale diets since the Pleistocene to show how they have survived by adapting to changing food sources.
Apr 24, 2013 Reg Lake Patagonia Ice Field Exploration A legend in the world of kayaking expeditions, Reg shared a three-week journey amidst towering glaciers in the icy fjords of Chile’s Patagonia with Outside magazine editor Grayson Schaffer.
Mar 27, 2013 George Wolfe Rock the Boat—Saving America’s Wildest River George, a kayaker and satirical writer, organized an expedition down the entire 52 miles of the notorious Los Angeles River and became entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions.
Feb 27, 2013 Various Club Members Inventors Night Always eager to solve kayak-related problems or make things work better, BASKers proudly showed off their DIY drysuit/bootie driers, paddle camera mounts, mesh cockpit covers, and more!
Jan 30, 2013 Sergey Yechikov Kayaking from Sitka to Juneau Inspired by the tales of Jack London, Sergey took his sectional kayak to Sitka and spent 60 days—paddling alone for over 600 miles—experiencing Alaska’s wildlife, scenery, and solitude.
Sep 26, 2012 David McGuire Saving Sharks David is the founder of Shark Stewards, an Earth Island Institute project dedicated to saving threatened sharks by creating ocean sanctuaries in addition to establishing the No Shark Fin campaign.
May 30, 2012 Maryly Snow & Barbara Kossy Kayaking Bulgaria and the Black Sea Maryly and Barbara paddled from near the Danube to northern Turkey in the shadows of the Thracians, enjoyed wonderful food and friends, and visited the burial site of a vampire.
Apr 27, 2011 Susan Euing Least Terns of Alameda Island Susan, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, monitors Northern California’s largest colony of endangered Least Terns and knows where people can watch them in action from kayaks.
Jan 26, 2011 Kim Grandfield Kenai Kayak Expedition Kim traced the southern coast of Alaska’s rugged Kenai Peninsula, from Homer to Seward, on a three-week, 250-mile kayak journey with Dick Lampman, Jerry Leugers, and Dick Ryon.
Sep 29, 2010 Ian Wren San Francisco Baykeeper Ian is a scientist with San Francisco Baykeeper, an organization dedicated to reversing environmental degradation and promoting strategies to protect the water quality of the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed.
Jul 28, 2010 Jude Stalker Paddling in Sensitive Wetland Areas Jude works with the Marin Audubon Society, showing people ecological characteristics of the Bay’s tidal wetlands and pointing out ways kayakers can avoid disturbing sensitive species that call them home.
May 26, 2010 Christopher Richard The Primeval Waterscape of San Francisco Bay The Curator of Aquatic Biology at the Oakland Museum, Christopher studies how San Francisco used—and abused—its many creeks and lakes as it grew into today’s modern metropolitan center.
Apr 28, 2010 Dick Ryon Amazing Glacier Bay For six weeks, Dick paddled with Diana Van Konynenburg among humpback whales and ice from calving glaciers, exploring countless bays and inlets while covering 450 miles of gorgeous Alaskan scenery.
Mar 31, 2010 Barbara Kossy Birding from a Kayak Barbara’s kayak offers her a unique viewpoint from which to observe a wide variety of seasonal coastal birds before she returns home to research where they go when they leave.