Some of my usual haunts

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 Costa Mesa, CA 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

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

Here's a couple RG paddles that slipped through the cracks.
Foggy Crescent RG Paddle
Anacapa Short Boat RG

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

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

Went out for an RG day out of El Moro today with friends Lenora and Jack. I'd received a PaddleCam to try out a while back and this was my first time taking it out in the rocks. It is a small, well made mount to attach your camera to your paddle! For years I'd used one of my own design, because I've always felt the most important aspect of photography is having your camera handy! Having your camera attached to your paddle also helps keep it stable and keeps your hands on your paddle when your working in challenging conditions!
Check out my photos from the day and check out the PaddleCam link!

Icing on the Cake
PaddleCam Camera Mount

Lee at Bolsa Chica
Back to Chute Rock

Cabrillo Paddle 7/14
Terranea 6/14

Photo by Debra Kettler

Me surfing at Bolsa Chica Photo by Debra Kettler

Gen's New Flying Helmet!
Baja Warm Up
El Moro 2/14

Kayak Surfer Joe

Birthday Video

Jack Brisley at Bolsa Chica, CA

Lachlan at Bolsa Chica, CA
Kayak Surf Photos
Party Wave Sequence

Mom and Daughter Surfing Bolsa Chica, CA

Paddling the Los Angeles River 2013

Terranea Six One

Check out my Baja Kayak Fest photos!

Baja Kayak Fest, 2013

Easy RG Day

Montana de Oro
Dolphin Frenzy

Kayak Sail Day
Howard's End Paddle

Ever since I first started kayaking, I heard about these strange creatures called "Rock Gardeners!" It was a term that seemed appropriate for Tsunami Rangers and other daring elites of the kayaking world. Now, as I play about near the rocks and the waves, I'm still not sure that I've earned the title. So I've coined a new term for people who feel drawn to paddle where the sea meets the land, Mineral Spirits! If you want to know if you are one, check out my song and video to see if you agree with me!

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
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


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 Dagger Green Boat and RPM Max and a Perception Enduro.
I also have a Fenn Mako XT Surfski.

My Gear
I love Onno paddles; Light and stiff and a great price.
I've had a few, but I broke them with hard use, so mostly I paddle with 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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