Some of my usual haunts
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Photo by Duane Strosaker



Hi, I'm Mark Sanders.
I created this site to share pictures and talk about the sport of kayaking.
I live in Souther California and do most of my paddling
in the ocean off the Newport Beach coast.
View my Visitors List to see why I'm
The World's Most Famous Kayaker You've Never Heard Of!



My QCC Kayak

Check graph of Newport Beach tides



If you've enjoyed my website, please let me know
Write me: marksanders at sandmarks dot net

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Me at La Bufadora, Baja
Photos by Jake Stachovac

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Here's a couple RG paddles that slipped through the cracks.

Foggy Crescent RG Paddle
Anacapa Short Boat RG

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Back in March, 2015, I competed at the Santa Cruz Paddle Fest--well, I entered, not sure how much I competed! Anyway, I finally got the chance to surf at Steamer Lane, which I really wanted to do for several years. I surfed in the intermediate Cowells event the year before and was happy to take second, so this year I moved up to the big league! And Big League it was with Sean Morely in my first heat!
Thanks to Jeff Laxier for taking these photos of me!

Read the whole story at:
Best Laid Plans
Visit Jeff's Website
Liquid Fusion Kayaking

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Photo by Mark Sanders

When I'm not kayaking, my friends drag me out to look at birds! Here are some of my best bird photos
My Birds

And check out my friend Debra Kettler's excellent bird photos
Debra's Birds

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Rock Gardening
in Palos Verdes
The Luna Tics
A Night RG Paddle


Montana de Oro
Circle of Life
Rock Gardening
in Newport Beach


Black Canyon
Woe is Me
A Blue Whale Tale




Duane Strosaker at T.A.K.S. 2009
In the Surf at TAKS
On the Shore at TAKS
On the Water at TAKS
On the Brinck



To see my videos, go to the
'Kayaking with SandMarks'
show on YouTube



Santa Barbara
Photos
Steve Wilson sings
Shark Bait

South of France
Kayak Angst Song

Wave-Ra Takes Me
On a Journey
You Can Leave Your
Hat On

Chocolate Brain!
The Holiday Road

Pier Pressure
The BARcuzzi

Surfin' Turf
Steve Sinclair

Past Day Paddle Reports
Doug Lloyd's Fat Kayakers

Community Service Message
Ship's Log:100 Days of 2008



Paddling through the arch
Photo by Duane Strosaker

This is my usual haunt, Big Arch rock between Corona del Mar beach and Cameo Shores. It's usually protected from large surf, but the swells that curve around the rock and pass through the arch to meet in the middle make for some fun action.
I like to paddle through, but I've got a few scratches and scrapes from an unplanned meeting with the rocks and waves on the other side.



Having fun in the waves


Whale Huntin'

Blue Whale breaching Blue Whale tail Sunfish comes up for a visit

On July 9th, I joined Duane Strosaker and 5 other hardy paddlers for my first whale hunt, out of Dana Point, CA. It turned out to be my most incredible day in a kayak. We shared the ocean with Sea Lions, a Sunfish, a flotilla of Dolphin and best of all Blue Whales! To read more go to:
A Most Incredible Day

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Sometimes it's good to have the Blues!



The Newport Beach coast
Newport Beach, CA
Not a horrible place to be forced to paddle!
The area around BAR



My bilge pump Backflow preventer Bilge pump battery pack
Here you can see my pump mounted behind the seat. I'm trying to figure out the best position for the Water Witch switch so that it turns off when the pump has removed as much water as it can. Right now I'm using a ten pack of rechargable NiMH batteries in a Pelican case. You can also see my high-tech back-flow preventer!



Carnage photo of me with the O.C. crew
Here you can see one of my proudest moments as a kayaker, where I play the part of a capsized kayaker in a demonstration on how not to aid a fellow paddler!
Photo by Duane Strosaker



My Other Pages
Big Water at Big Arch

Traditional Arctic Kayak Symposium, 2007
More T.A.K.S. '07
Brass T.A.K.S.
Duane Strosaker at T.A.K.S.
Traditional Arctic Kayak Symposium 2006
More T.A.K.S. '06

The Rogue Otters
Big Island Piddle Paddle

Surf n Turf
Surf n Turf II
Surf n Turf III

Crescent Bay Paddle
Whoa Nellie
Kayaking 2006, Year in Review
Kayaking the Elk Coast with Force Ten
My First 20 Miler



My Kayaks

The Lollygagger is my sea kayak, a QCC XL500 in Kevlar, my first real boat.
For surfing, I have a Wold Big Machine, a Necky Jive 810, a Necky Groovy and a Mega Scarab.
For Rock Gardening, I have a Wilderness Systems Zephyr and RPM Max.


My Gear
I loved my Onno paddles, but I broke too many! Now I use whatever I can get my hands on, mostly a FG Werner paddle.
I also have a Redondo Ridgeback, one of Duane Strosaker's handmade spruce and carbon paddles.
My Paddle Float

My Camera
On the water, I use a Canon S95 in a waterproof housing. On land I have a Canon 70~D with a 70-300mm Ultrasonic zoom.
Check out my camera/paddle cradle

To see my video set up check out:
The Captain's Mast



My Kayaking Philosophy

Park sign from China

"Always be a Gootleman"
Side view of my QCC kayak

Good Links

California Kayaking Friends

My Kayak Logo

marksanders at sandmarks dot net

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