Funny who it works out.
Posted by: FrankNC on Jun-20-12 10:01 PM (EST)
You are not the first climber who has tried kayaking in the sea. I really hope it works out, but I wonder if you will listen to the advice you are being given here.
I highly recommend a sit on top if you are going into the ocean from the beach without lessons and on your own. Also you should get float bags for any kayak you take in the surf. Furthermore you should really get a surf read life vest and a helmet.
Imagine this: you launch in benign conditions, paddle along for an hour or two. While your were out a swell arrived from a distant shore. When you try to land through the breaking swell, you are hammered. And I mean just like a hammer!
You will have no warning because the swell grew quietly and un-noticeably while you were paddling in the green room. You will not realize you are in trouble until you are already in the impact zone.
Join a club, get lessons, and get appropriate gear. If you want to do it at the least gear cost, get a sit on top. even with the sit on top, lessons,a helmet , thigh straps and a paddle leash would help a lot.