About Us John Gray's Sea Canoe
John SeaCanoe was formed on September 11, 2001. Caveman went home, watched the first airliner fly into the World Trade Center, called his partner and asked if he still wanted to proceed. His reply was, “I gave you my word. Let’s go for it,”
The company purpose is to create an environmental education experience in a “fun” manner. Our slogan is “Natural History By Sea Kayak Since 1983.”
John picked 9,021 bags of rubbish from Phang Nga Bay by kayak until his thumbs became arthritic. He now uses a foot pedal kayak to reach 10,000 before he retires. “Caveman” was born into an environmental family. His parents met in a Sierra Blub outing in the 1930’s and started SCUBA diving in the 1950. John was SCUBA certified in 1957. The same year he won a National Science Fair Award for “The Great Aquarium” on Baja California’s Sea of Cortez.
John’s first kayaking company – Pacific Outdoor Adventures – was founded in June 1983. Hawai’i “expeditions” included Koolau Moloka’i, Kona, Maui and Na Pali Coasts. The concept is to demonstrate the Hawaiian concept of Aha’pu’a’a’ – Harmony with Nature from the top of the valleys to the edge of the reefs.
1971 – In July-August, Caveman spent 30 days in the Trinity Alps Wilderness without seeing another person – aside from bears, deer and his dog Dweezle.