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  Rogue waves
  Posted by: rjd9999 on Sep-25-12 12:21 AM (EST)

As you said, there are no good nor bad days, as long as you are prepared for what comes up. Waves, even very large ones, can appear even when conditions seem placid. The story that follows is an example of same:

I once took a first time kayaker on Monterey Bay for a bit of paddling in what seemed to be ideal conditions. We went out, did some practice and rescues, and then I started searching for waves so he could practice what we'd learned before he left the water.

As I was passing the point outside Macabee Beach (some may know this place, so it can be useful to reference same), I was well inside my usual route and I noticed the rocks lurking just about 2 feet under the water. Since we hadn't seen a wave all day, seriously, lakes have more water movement than the bay did, I turned to Max and said, "If there were any waves, we wouldn't want to be here because of these rocks."

I looked out to see and saw a 5' swell barreling in on us. I had time to say, "Like that wave," and low braced the boat to turn my back to the wave as the boat began to rise. I was able to surf completely over the rock garden, but Max, being the novice he was, braced on the wrong side of the boat and capsized. I was able to haul him out of the rocks (not more than 10-20 feet away) and get him back in the boat.

On the plus side, the lesson stuck and he was actually able to brace later after another rogue wave and even roll the boat after a capsize.


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