Posted by: darrylbc75 on Feb-16-11 10:33 AM (EST)
I'm a 60 year old who grew up surfing Cocoa Beach florida on a surf board. Now in my kayak I am still riding the waves whenever I get a chance. Your article on Kayak surfing a touring Kayak was right on. I think the most important lesson you mentioned is those sneaker sets and how to always be paying attention to the waves approaching your area. Sneaker sets can come upon you even on small days. They are fun and exciting if you are paying attention and you catch them instead of them catching you. Great story. Great lesson. Paddle On!
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Posted by: Rjd9999 on Feb-16-11 4:59 PM (EST)
This was a very good,accurate article, but I have a history of staying with the wave after it breaks and find myself starting to broach in the resulting soup (this happens most often in dumping surf where the wave meets a steep beach and the waves collapse quite quickly).
I learned that if you simply hold your high brace, you are pushed sideways toward shore where the resulting landing may or may not be what you would like it to be. Let's just say that the beaching is never elegant. If, however, the high brace is combined with a slow stroke (you have to hold the paddle at about 45 degrees or more as ypu pull), the bow will turn into the soup. This happens quite slowly, by the way, and the boat will feel sluggish and less responsive, but it will work.
As soon as the bow breaks through or rises over the soup (depending mainly upon the amount of rocker on the hull), the boat will suddenly turn 90 degrees and face you back out to sea to face the next oncoming wave. Very fun thing to do, but note you will be facing the next oncoming wave or wash of soup feom a standing start. This, depending upon conditions, may not be an ideal situation to be in, especially if there isnnot sufficient time between waves to generate sufficient momentum.
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