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June is awesome!!

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

We're just a month in to summer and the weather Gods & Mother Nature have been playing relatively fair (compared to June 2015) -- Thank Goodness!!

Rentals have been slow, but we really appreciate those tried & true friends & co-workers -- Chris Carrick, Katie & Jordan -- Thank you, Thank you!!

Guided Trips and Classes have been the popular choices so far -- yea!, cuz those are the fun ones!

...and Monday Paddle Nights! WOW!! They have been great! All the rentals go out and we have another 8-15 join us. Yes, that's right, we're averaging like 18 people for MPNs. Seriously. You should come too.

The 6th Annual Kayak-A-Thon (Saturday of International Fest.) was a great success with 99 participants this year. Lunch from Fligner's welcomed the racers & floaters at the finish line. Race placers took home some great items thanks to Coldwater Consulting and the Backpackers Shop. And the raffles were extra awesome this year -- a kayak from West River Paddling Co. (+$200 Backpackers GC & a class from us :)); a SUP from aloha SUP (+$200 Backpackers GC); Indians Club Seats from Clear Channel Communications; $50 Jackalope GC; $50 Wood & Wine GC; $20 Erie Outfitters GC; and a Guided Trip from The LoCo 'Yak Shak. Too bad we can't win stuff.

Then there was the Duck Derby the day after KAT -- aka #duckdebacle2016

What. A. Disaster...... We ended up putting the ducks in our kayaks because the river is too big and the wind changed directions and they were swimming off into the sunset. Marine Patrol took them from us -- and then we all laughed and laughed.


As I'm writing this, someone not too far away is setting off fireworks... which is a nice segue into what's coming up... FIREWORKS PADDLE!! It's an amazing time, but we can never get any good pictures, so you'll just have to join us to see for yourself.

Stay tuned, I'll be back with all the details.

This is the year!

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)

2016... The year of a better, more organized Me. We've taken on some added projects this year and the only way to be successful with all of this is to be very organized. And the best way to do that -- make myself *accountable*! So here it is. My promise to those who look at this website...

I will blog about each of our trips and classes. I promise. I'll even throw in some pics when I can... and in promising to do this, will keep me accountable to the things I write on here, i.e. staying organized, having a planned follow up, focusing on direction, and  staying on schedule. :D

Apparently Blogging isn't my thing...

Posted on July 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have a hard enough time trying to keep all the signup links working properly, I had no idea I hadn't written on here in almost a year. Wow.

...I'll try to work on that.

In the meantime, here's someone else's story to read...

It's been too long...

Posted on August 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I've written on here. What a crazy, fun, successful season!! We've had 2 more great kayaking Lake Erie classes ... Corbin & Kim were fun, quick learners and not morning people (just like me ;)) -- that was awesome. Then we had John, who travels extensively and I can't believe he's never taken a lesson. He was ready to race 10 minutes into class. Also joining us was Dean, who's wife bought the lesson as a birthday gift so he had to wait 5 long weeks to actually get the gift he received. And Robin, thank goodness she found us --Started off a little uncomfortable with the lake, but now she's spinning around buoys & doing 360s in 2 strokes with her sweet little Jackson Rogue.

We've also had several guided trips this season, way more than last year. Families & friends, some we knew, some we know now. The July 4th was my favorite: LeighAnn, Dennis, Maggie & Mike; the twins & their sis; one of our favorite artists, Christina Elizabeth; & Mrs. Koziura (Mr. played too much golf)... launching among the masses at Century Park, we definitely had the best view of the fireworks. We were even lucky enough to see a few home shows along the shoreline, as well as Kelly's Island & Cedar Point way off in the distance.

We also got some fantastic, bitter sweet news this month -- we were approved for a business expansion loan!! :D!! But too close to the end of the season. We had to turn it down, or postpone it, and re-submit our application this winter. Hoping that gives us bonus points for being responsible business owners. So, keeping fingers crossed that history repeats itself, we'll have our mobile kayak rental company ready for Spring 2015.

A few more trips still to go this season, an Adaptive Paddling Summit (see blog), then a wedding before we spend the winter organizing for next year.

Kayaking Lake Erie - June 7th

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (1)

What an awesome class!!! The...Shak's first long class with a great group of people -- Mary Jo who we know from the LCMP Paddling Club; Beverly, the solo artist and Mark & Leslie who [he] was buying a kayak to unload shark bait while she had never paddled before. Leslie was like a pro, and of course, now she is the proud owner of a Tsunami 135. (Gotta love Tsunamis!)

Mark was able to join us for Paddle Monday this week and we're hoping to see Leslie out there soon.

This season has started at full-steam and we are so thankful! Not only to our wonderful clients, but also to the SBDC & Kim Plzak @ LCCC for helping us as we work toward expanding The...Shak to be an all-inclusive kayak company offering rentals and kayak maintenance along with our trips & classes. Stay tuned for exciting news coming soon!


Posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

If you don't know us, LoCo 'Yaks began as three paddling friends trying to make their home a better place to play and turned it into a thriving clean-up effort and non-profit group, along with a growing Limited Liability Corporation: The LoCo 'Yak Shak.

LoCo 'Yaks was envisioned by Robb Koscho, and brought to fruition by him, his then-girlfriend, Me :roll: and one of his oldest & dearest friends, Josh Notley. The 'Yaks got their name because Robb wanted something memorable & fun to get people's attention, so he took "Lorain County Kayak & Paddle Sports Group," the true definition of the club he was dreaming of, and shortened it to a silly cartoon yak paddling a kayak. And LoCo 'Yaks was born, a group dedicated to marine debris prevention & educating on its devastation while protecting our local waters and opening hearts to the world of kayaking... To put it simply - get new people out in kayaks safely & efficiently while teaching them not be jerks toward nature. And hopefully they share our message with others.

In order to accomplish this "safely & efficiently" part, we thought it'd be best to become certified kayak instructors with the American Canoe Association. Then the business side of things just kind of happened -- we can teach lessons; people want to learn; we need insurance. It was the sensible thing to do. And now people pay us to teach them to do our favorite thing! It's amazing!! To be able to share your passion ~~ should be everyone's goal in life. It is a truely beautiful thing. And I had no idea about it til it happened.

Thank you for being part of our second season. Even if you're visiting our site for the first time and never come back - we're glad you found us. We're constantly changing, growing, learning new things & checking out new adventures. Currently working with the Ohio Small Business Development Center at LCCC to ensure both of our entities are centered, balanced, and moving in a positive direction, we look forward to continued success and are honored to be a part of the revitalization of downtown Lorain.

Be sure to check out our LoCo 'Yaks site, become a member or a 'Yak Friend and get out there with us!

"We are the ones we've been waiting for." ~ I don't know who said it first, but I hear it a lot and I luv it!!