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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's trips are also a way to experience southern California as it once was, allowing him to observe places that have gone untouched for years, preserving vestiges of the past through isolation.
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. He has made multiple circumnavigations around the islands, as well as several channel crossings, some of them solo. His freelance writing and photography career stretches back more than 20 years, and his stories and photos about the islands have appeared in the local papers, Los Angeles Times, BBC Wildlife, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and more. For the past 24 years he has been a beach lifeguard for the City of Carpenteria.
The talk will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2016. 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 2016 lecture series will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, January through December, at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. This extended schedule is in honor of the National Park Service's milestone centennial anniversary, which celebrates 100 years of national parks. The programs are free and open to the public.This lecture can also be viewed live online at: Shore to Sea lecture series.