Posted by: suchsweetthunder on Sep-25-12 12:06 AM (EST)
Thank you all for the responses. Celia, everything you said makes a lot of sense. I figured that a short, plastic, wide kayak would be the way to go for inshore paddling but it looks like its time to revisit that decision.
All in all, I'm pretty happy that I had this experience when I did. It was a gorgeous warm day, on warm water with little wind and I feel like it was a perfect time to learn lessons, a few bruises aside. Indeed, I think the most surprising revelation from this weekend was that there aren't really good days and bad days for being out on the water. It can be a perfect warm day with little wind with dangerous waves. And the waves can can change in a blink of an eye based on any number of factors including where the tide is at. You have to take the water as it is and show it the respect it demands.