Ginni Callahan

Kayak coach, entrepreneur, writer.

Paddling

Sea Kayak Baja Mexico

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Explore the Loreto National Marine Park and beyond!

Tours

Expeditions for enthusiasts, tours for all skills and all ages.

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Courses

Learn the basics, get focused training, gain sea kayaking skills, or become a leader.

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Custom

Specialized expeditions for your group.

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Writing

Kayak Adventures Blog

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Adventures and misadventures of a sea kayak guide in Mexico, the Northwest US, and around the world.

Blog

Tales and photos. (Ginni and Captain Henrick)

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Books, Guides & Maps

Collecting and sharing ideas and adventures.

Loreto Park QuickGuides

Essential planning/expeditioning tool for the National Marine Park of the Bay of Loreto. Created by Ginni, Anna Mallin, & park staff.

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Tiny Homes
on the Move

Lloyd Kahn features Henrick and Ginni on Misty's Pacific Crossing in this Shelter Publication.

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Home

Slow Boat Farm

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Deepening human connection to the natural environment through recreation and sustenance.

Produce

Homegrown goodness! the Slow Boat Story.

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Camping

Puget Island peace, a soft grassy field, and fellow enthusiasts.

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About Ginni

Schedule

February 6-19, 2018 North Island, New Zealand Great Barrier Island Expedition www.seakayakbajamexico.com
April 14-20 & 22-28 2020 Surf Camp, Pacific Baja Surf, rocky costline and good challenge! www.seakayakbajamexico.com

Biography

"My dad took us canoeing when I was a kid. I still picture him, painter over his shoulder, towing my sister and I up a cold, shallow Catskills stream, whistling as he waded. When I was older, he'd do donuts around my canoe in his motorboat to challenge my balance."

During college summers, Ginni took teenage girls on overnight canoe trips in the Adirondacks. "It was so fun it didn't feel like a job. I never knew one could do this in real life!"

"Why don't you get a kayak, learn to paddle it, drive me to Mexico, and tag along for the season?" A whimsical invitation from kayak guide Hans Bruning in 1998 introduced Ginni to both sea kayaking and the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico.

Though never able to hold down an indoor job for an entire year, Ginni Callahan has actually survived on sea kayaking for over 20. She is now a BCU 5-star Advanced Sea Leader, a Level 4 Sea Leader coach and a Coach Tutor; and ACA Level 5 Instructor. She founded Columbia River Kayaking, and Sea Kayak Baja Mexico.

She organized on-water instruction at the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium for several years and organized the Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup in Cathlamet, WA, for 5 years. She travels to coaching events in such exotic places as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Chicago, Michigan, South Carolina, Anglesey, and Vancouver Island.

Remote paddling destinations without bears, bugs, or ice intrigue her. In 2008 she paddled to the Pacific Baja islands of Cedros and Natividad with Axel Schoevers, and went solo in 2009 to Santa Catalina, the most remote island in the Loreto National Marine Park, renowned for its endemic rattleless rattlesnakes, of which she saw none. In 2105 she circumnavigated Angel de la Guarda Island in the remote northern Gulf of California with Justine Curgenven, Santiago Berruetta, Ramon Arce, Dick Lampman, and foot-pump desalinators.

Ginni built two wooden boats, Pygmy Boats' Arctic Tern and Arctic Tern 14. She was featured in Justine Curgenven's original "This is the Sea" video and in several magazine articles. Published writing includes a Baja trip planner for Adventure Kayak magazine, a piece in Steady as She Goes: Women's Adventures at Sea, regular articles for Ocean Paddler Magazine, and a personal blog called kayaktravel. She is also a breast cancer survivor who wants to give hope to others undergoing that journey.

In 2012, she played hooky from it all and sailed across the Pacific Ocean with Henrick Lindström on his 36' sailboat Misty with 2 Romany kayaks aboard. They plan to continue the adventure in 2019, sailing from New Zealand back into the islands.