About Kayak Mendocino

Craig Comen Guiding TourFor over 40 years Craig Comen has been playing in the worlds Oceans. He competed for 11 years from 1979 to 1990 as a professional surfer, winning a number of championships and gaining notoriety. Later he became a coach of World Champion surfers and a judge of both amateurs and professionals alike. He began kayaking in 1997 and has paddled throughout the world, as well as guided for over 10 years on the Mendocino coast. He took over Lost Coast Kayaking after 8 years of service to them and since changed the name to Kayak Mendocino. He has a BS in Marine Science, having graduated from the intensive 2 year program at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg. His love for the Ocean, nature and safety will shine through on each tour taken to sea.

Mission Statement

To give each customer a unique, safe and special experience on the water, by showing the magic that the Mendocino Coast has to offer.To open up others eyes, hearts and minds to the beauty that surrounds them and the role that nature plays in a healthy planet for all. By empowering each guest to realize their full potential and let them explore new areas of confidence and sense of adventure.

Common Questions

Who: Our tours are for everyone, like it says. All ages,any or no experience.

What to wear/bring: We provide all necessary gear. Wear light layering or shorts and a T shirt, and you are set. We have water shoes as well.

Times: Best to have a reservation and call, but we do welcome those that just show up. Try to be there atleast a half hour before the scheduled tour.

Conditions/Weather: It is so protected in Little River, that we can go out on days where it looks windy or rough elsewhere.We never go through breaking waves, and for 16 years we have made peoples trips to the Mendocino coast that much more incredible.

Kayakmendocino News

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000

    We are off to a great season of paddling and a big new kayak bus. Come check it out. Come on Mendocino locals. It's not just for visitors. Come see the magic of the sea caves at little river. Don't forget about stand up paddling as well. Check us out at standuppaddlemendocino.com

    Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000

    We launched stand up paddle mendocino!
    Check out our new division at www.standuppaddlemendocino.com
    Great stuff to share with you all!

    Sat, 01 Feb 2014 02:58:00 +0000

    2013 Season Approaching

    yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! paddling time is almost here and we have had a great winter. The whole family got more water savvy in Mexico and now welcomes Siena as a swimmer. New gear is on order for this coming season and the sea caves, seals and sights await us.Call or stop by soon....
    Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:59:00 +0000

    Winter Break/Aloha Sea Cave Tours
    Fall swells have arrived and we are headed to Chile for some family time. Trips will resume in December if conditions allow. Thanks to all for a great season. Driving by Van Damme on the way out of town we could not help to catch the beauty, and magic of the place. See you again soon Sea Caves........
    Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:14:00 +0000

    Kayak Mendocino Paddling Family

    Goodness. Our growing family is so beautiful and loving the water. Check out Dylan paddling his own boat for the first time at age 3 1/2. Pretty amazing. I am so proud of him. Siena has been thru caves already a few times at 1 year old and Magda is loving the SUP paddles thru the caves as well. Guests have been treated to amazing trip thru the caves channels and rock gardens and I really think the best time of year is approaching. kayak Mendocino loves to share the magic of Little River headlands and the amazing offshore rock formations.
    Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:54:00 +0000

    Perfect playgrounds
    We love where we are and what we do. We have perfect locations, world class paddling. A waterspouts family ready to share with you. Mendocino stands for magic, so come check out what it offers!!!!
    Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:32:00 +0000

    Home Perfection

    Great weather and we are gearing up for paddling season. A great valentine gift would be one of our gift certificat4es for a sea cave nature tour. Check them out on our website www.kayakmendocino.com Looking forward to seeing you all this year. Come check out our new smiling Siena. What a sweetie. She was born in the water and cannot get enough of it. We had an amazing month of paddling and fun in Mexico. Thanks to all the locals there for sharing.....
    Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:18:00 +0000

    Time off
    We are down in Mexico paddling and staying warm. Hope to see you all soon. Looking forward to a great coming season , Craig, magda, Dylan , and Siena.
    Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:55:00 +0000

    Tours for any and every day!!!!!!

    I am finding that we really can paddle in Little River on almost any day. This past week we had 2 paddlers out, with a BUILDING SWELL, AND AMAZING CALM CONDITIONS. WE PADDLED OUT TO THE BOUY AND CHECKED OUT THE SEA LIONS, made a gigantic loop, viewing the headlands, blowholes, and shorebirds. Right now we have migrating Grebes swimming around as well as the usual. Never a bad day. Thanks so much.......
    Tue, 27 Dec 2011 05:12:00 +0000

    Winter Paddling

    had a couple propose on a private beach today, and we paddled back in the wind and swell. No bad days here at Kayak Mendocino........
    Wed, 30 Nov 2011 23:07:00 +0000

    Summer paddling and Siena

    Finally some great conditions here at kayak Mendocino and we are having amazing tours. We have new photos to share of Stand up paddling and the big news is that our newest paddler Siena is due to be born any time now. I am so excited to meet her. Come see us again or give a call for your first magical Sea Cave Tour here in beautiful Mendocino..
    Mon, 13 Jun 2011 02:35:00 +0000

    Season Openers

    We had an awesome day of paddling last weekend and are expecting a great year. Seals should be having their pups soon and the water is calling us to get back on it. We had a 3 week break in Punta De Mita mexico and did lots of Stand up paddling and some surfing. Looking forward to seeing all the happy faces on our trips coming up.......
    Wed, 16 Feb 2011 04:08:00 +0000

    Winter wonderland

    Happy Holidays to all from us all here at Kayak Mendocino. We are not paddling much, but have had a few classic days in between big swells and rain. We are happy to get out there whenever anyone wants to, and the sea caves and channels are working. I am missing the big smiles and stoke of all of you that paddled with us this year, and I hope to share the magic again in 2011 on the water at the Little River coves. We will be ready for you and can always show you something new and exciting on the Mendocino coast. Best wishes, Craig
    Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:53:00 +0000

    Mendocino Paddling Bliss

    These Summer days have been amazing and lots of wows are being heard. Our Dog Onyx has paddled twice and Dylan now is a veteran at 20 months. Everyone is stoked and really enjoying. Even the foggy 2 months was incredible. We are looking forward to the fall and the clear cool days and amazing crispy views. The kelp is thick and beautiful, the seals plump and happy, and the caves as splendid as ever. Hope you enjoy, Craig
    Thu, 26 Aug 2010 01:48:00 +0000

    Paddlefest Daily

    We are off and paddling and it is as good as it gets. As many times as I have done this, it still gets better and better. Each paddler brings a new outlook and smile to the caves and channels and I love the expressions as we enter the first tunnel. he weather has been a challenge, but we have forecast perfectly and not had to cancel any trips. Here are some images from my friend Chuck Graham on a recent visit up from Santa Barbara. Pretty awesome. Come experience it for yourself.We will be happy to cater to whatever need you have. Experienced or not, we have something for you. the Ocean has its way of doing that here.
    Fri, 04 Jun 2010 01:27:00 +0000

    Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Heaven

    Great conditions, great times. We are loving it and have had a blast on the rivers and at the caves and coves of little River. My wife Magdalena has even gotten into Sup paddling and really inspiring others to get out there. Tours are running daily through the Sea caves and we can customize anything you want. Mendocino has the best paddling in Cali, and really some of the best in the world. Come say hi and try out a SUP or sit on top kayak through the mystical (ha ha) caves and channels. Really, you need to experience it for yourself, instead of hearing how I describe it........
    Fri, 21 May 2010 03:57:00 +0000

    Magic Sea cave Tours

    We are having such amazing tours and changing lives. i just had a couple who returned from Thailand and the comment I heard was, "this is one of the best things I have ever done." It is really rewarding to get this feedback and have such a rewarding thing to share with others.if you are even considering coming here to the Mendocino Coast, please call us for more info and any questions you may have. Kayak Mendocino will take the best care of you, in the best location and with now my 11th season of experience there. I look forward to sharing with you.
    Tue, 04 May 2010 23:42:00 +0000

    Amazing Tours
    We have been changing lives daily and having such great tours. It is spring and the colors are rich and waters alive. I am touched by the comments and feedback from all the recent paddlers and love what I do more every day. Please come check it out and experience the magic of the sea caves, coves and channels at Little River.
    Tue, 04 May 2010 23:39:00 +0000

    Kayak Mendocino Stand Up Paddling
    We have been closed for a little while, and have been enjoying the warm weather in Chile where we paddled a remote lake and savored some of the fine wines and seafood of this country.
    This season we are excited to announce and bring all our new and returning customers the awesome sport of Stand Up paddling. These wide and stable boards allow for paddling either standing, prone, sitting, or kneeling. we will offer tours, lessons and rentals and cannot wait to share this with you. It is a great work out, and offers a unique perspective of being on the water. The caves, coves and channels of Little River will take on new appeal, and the seals will look on with amazement.
    Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:50:00 +0000

    Letting the Sea Rest

    Winter time here on the coast and we are going to close for january and February. We have had some great trips, mostly just checking the sea caves out and letting the winter surf crash inside of them. I would like to thank everyone who came out with us this last year and all our great restaurants and Inns that sent paddlers our way. it is great to work with the likes of Little River Inn, Glendeven inn, Surf Motel, Beachcomber Motel and so many more to name a few. happy Holidays. This photo is of our pet fossilized whale, where the blowhole is. It is only 10 minutes max paddling from our launch at Little River Cove at Van Damme State Park. I think it is amazing and if in Australia wopuld be a national monument.Come check it out, when our Sea Cave Nature tours start up again in late february. We look forward to greeeting all the visitors to the Mendocino/Fort Bragg coast and taking them on an amazing kayak trip.
    Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:39:00 +0000

    Summer/Fall/ kayaking in Mendocino

    Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:54:00 +0000

    Best paddling/Historical Location/Fun, Fun, Fun

    We are in the swing of the best time to paddle. We are seeing pelican and sea lions feed everyday, hunting osprey, harbour seals and more. everyday is amazing. this location is so historical. Check out this photo of the bay back in the logging days. We launch right here and go through this headland pictured. So cool. Kayak Mendocino is so happy to share this journey with everyone and we hope you can make it on on of our sea cave tours soon. Dylan my 7 month old son has been out twice now and loves it as well. Still a little time until he paddles, but I will be patient with him. Give us a call, and come check out the magic as we glide over the seaweeds and giant kelp forest, and go back in time to see the geology and animal life as it was thousands of years ago.
    Wed, 22 Jul 2009 03:22:00 +0000

    kayak mendocino family

    ok. our newest kayaker. Dylan has now been through the caves. this is how safe and protected and confident we are. amazing. only 6 months. These headlands and bays are so cool here in Mendocino, and especially at Little River. I am ecstatic with life and you too can experience this.
    Mon, 01 Jun 2009 23:59:00 +0000


    The baby seals and My boy Dylan are so similar in looks. Chubby and happy. Both Moms are taking great care of them and on our Sea Cave Nature tour you can see how connected we all are. it is amazing to weave in and out of the channels and see the seals going about their lives like they have for millions of years. Please do not be shy, or scared. Remember, all ages and no experience necessary are able to go through the sea caves here and paddle our guided adventures at Little River, 2 miles south of Mendocino. Hope to share it with you soon...

    Tue, 26 May 2009 03:13:00 +0000

    better and better

    it just is hard to believe how good we have it at Kayak Mendocino. And best yet, is we get to take you through it and skimming across the surface. So many happy customers through the channels and caves at Little River this weekend.Lots of "wows" and smiling faces. Thanks to all our great customers. Summer is approaching and we are looking forward to seeing more of you here. You will not be disappointed. Give a call to make a reservation. Our son Dylan is now about 20 lbs, but still not gone out yet. I had better wait a little longer.

    Mon, 18 May 2009 03:40:00 +0000


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