If you’re looking for lodgings right in the heart of Munising, you can take advantage of the special $85/night Gales rate at the Day’s Inn in Munising. This offer is actually good from October 1 through 6, so you can come early and stay late, if you like.

There’s also a campground nearby, with 116 sites and free wi-fi.

Other area lodgings include Scotty’s Motel right next door to the Day’s Inn, and other options nearby.

The Gales Headquarters will be at Sydney’s, a stone’s throw from the Day’s Inn, where we’ll gather each morning for breakfast and course assignments, pack our lunches and head for the water. That’s also where we’ll have dinner and socialize each evening, and where Jeff Allen will do his presentation. More information on the meals package is coming soon. But for now, go ahead and make your reservation so you don’t end up in an orange hammock in the woods.


This year, we’re offering courses on the Menominee River, a large-volume river that allows sea kayakers to develop skills that apply to ocean paddling: breaking in and out of eddies, ferrying across current, surfing standing waves, and more!

To participate in courses on the Menominee, you’ll need a plastic sea kayak and a helmet. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a taste of the ocean right here in the midwest!

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If you’re wondering whether you’re ready for The Gales, we have a new opportunity for you to both find out and make sure that you are.
This year, Ladies of the Lake is offering ROUGH AND READY, a Pre-Gales Track, in Munising August 15-17.
Rough and Ready is designed to increase your confidence and skills in bumpy conditions. Like all LOL courses, the course will be fine-tuned based on where you are and where you want to go, but we promise to take you to the next level.
The goal of Rough and Ready is to prepare you, physically and psychologically, to attend The Gales. As an added encouragement, ladies who participate in Rough and Ready will get a $75 discount on their Gales registration, space permitting. (If you sign up for the Gales before Ladies and mention this offer, you’ll still get that discount.)
This track is limited to eight participants, so get your LOL registrations in soon and let us know if you plan to be in this track. Those who sign up will get additional information prior to LOL.


Registration for the 2014 Gales Storm Gathering is now open!




We were fortunate enough in 2009 to have Jeff Allen visit the Midwest for the WMCKA symposium near muskegon. Jeff did a coaches update with a lot of the midwest coaching crowd that still sticks with me as one of the big eye openers. I remember trying to do a scoop rescue on a completely incapacitated paddler (poor victim floating face down) in icy Lake Michigan water and then towing a raft until I thought my head would literally rupture.

Jeff spent a ton of time with us on rescues and sea survival incidents giving a subtle twist of the knife to a lot of age old thinking on sea kayaking paradigms based on his own work in Cornwall and abroad in the far flung oceans of the world. Jeff is one of those guys you hope to run into at an airport bar who gives you his lifestory, because he is way more interesting than you. Words like Royal Marine, kickboxer, commando, bouncer ping and whiz around the conversation before you realize you have met the inspiration for the Dos Equis guy, “the most interesting man in the world.” While this may seem hyperbole, it truly isn’t. And to boot he is a heck of a nice guy. All of this is to quickly say that one of the biggest joys I get in running this event is getting to spend time with paddlers like Jeff.


Jeff has done a ton of very thoughtful writing for Ocean Paddler magazine, traveled Scandinavia, Japan, Ireland, South Georgia Island, Israel, and many other amazing places. He operates Sea Kayaking Cornwall with Simon Osbourne.

Happy New Year Everyone. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Gales Storm Gathering will be held Oct 3, 4, 5 in Munising Michigan and Piers Gorge on the Menominee River.


Part of the joy of a traveling road show event like the Gales is going to different places each year. We thought long and hard about going back to Marquette, but in the end, we decided to pursue Munising Michigan. Munising gives a host of great options on Lake Superior such as Pictured Rocks national lakeshore, Grand Island, and a number of other awesome locations along the shore for surfing and rock play (conditions providing).

Photo credit: Ryan Rushton of Geneva Kayak Center.

But we also wanted to go back to the Menominee River for paddling in current to ensure that as many folks got to paddle in moving water as possible. The Menominee is such a great location to introduce sea paddlers to current, or to take paddlers who have already had some exposure to current and push them even further. Paddling a white water river in a sea kayak is definitely not an experience anyone forgets. Even if the wind doesn’t blow, the river will provide.

We look forward to sharing even more about what we have in store for 2014 with you as the year unfolds.

We are very pleased to announce that Downwind Sports will again sponsor The Gales Storm Gathering. Downwind does a magnificent job running Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium and Ladies of the Lake. And we are looking to have a great year for the Gales.

We are always happy to spend more time with Bill Thompson.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Gales Feedback contest!

Lise Vaugeois has won 2 spots at the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival in Charleston South Carolina in April.

Robert Bertram has won a spot to the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium in Grand Marais, MI in July.

If you attend either of these symposiums in 2014, you’ll also have a chance to win a free spot to the 2014 Gales Storm Gathering!

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Announcing the 2013 Gales Logo wear, courtesy of Ibex.

This garment will make the warmest, non-stinkiest drysuit liner top with a cool logo, and pithy saying that will make you the envy of your friends.

We managed to secure a select number of Ibex merino wool tops at bottom basement prices. These tops normally retail at $110.00. And we are going to offer them with our new logo embroidered on the chest, plus our 2013 slogan, “My Home is the Sea” Along the back, and the sleeve reading: Rockstar. Cost for the top will be $70.00 + 10.00 Shipping and Handling.

The Ibex Top Will Embroidered with the Gales Logo Just like the Coaches shirt.



The Ibex description for this top is as follows:

The Indie Crew is the Swiss Army Knife of basic layers. Insulating ski layer? Yep. Impromptu bike jersey? Sure. Laid-back casual wear? You know it. All in the same day? Odor-resistant wool makes it possible. With 18.5 micron Merino wool mid-weight fabric in a clean fit, this is among our most versatile and wearable pieces. The modern adventurer’s new uniform? Indeed.

The lettering will be the exact same, but in black rather than in white due to the heather gray shirt. Supplies are limited in all sizes so order soon to take advantage of this stellar drysuit/drytop liner top!.

Below are the order form buttons below the text description of the item. Please email me @ go kayak now dot com with any questions.


Gales Wear Ibex Merino Crew Top Size Small $70.00 + $10.00 Shipping and Handling US Only


Gales Wear Ibex Merino Crew Top Size Medium $70.00 + $10.00 Shipping and Handling US Only


Gales Wear Ibex Merino Crew Top Size large $70.00 + $10.00 Shipping and Handling US Only

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The Gales Storm Gathering likes to partner with local businesses where our event venue is located. We are proud to work with Living Adventure, who’s business has been bringing paddle sports to the Apostles for over 16 years. Gail and Grant have run a number of great events and paddle instruction events of their own including the Inland Sea kayak Symposium.

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Gail Green will be speaking on Saturday, so swing by to hear her chat about the Brittany coast at Legendary Waters.