-- Last Updated: Oct-29-12 8:20 AM EST --
This is a video of our ocean paddle when Sandy passed by on Saturday. It's just one camera on my head, and illustrates our approach to get out of our comfort zone and stay safe, not a Red Bull commercial. Winds were 20knots gusting higher, and swells were about 6' - 8' with a cross wind so spaced out 14 seconds. We launched at one end of the beach where it was manageable to avoid the big waves but ran into some 5-6' then landed through about the same, although they were dumping hard. The wide angle lens makes things distant and small, but was fine for us. Like I said it's no Red Bull commercial and anything more than this would be too risky for my skill.
Stay safe in the NE coast. A cat 1 can produce a heavy flooding, power outages, and downed trees. Nothing to take lightly, especially if you have to deal with it.
Anyway here is the video. You can change the quality settings for however fast your connection is. Hope someone might appreciate our approach to get out and stay safe. We had a blast out there, and hey, if you are down this way around Charleston there are great paddling opportunities.
PS.. feel free to add pictures, video, or comments, or links about Sandy.
Sorry about the free royalty free music! It's the best I could do, lol.
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Posted by: jbernard on Oct-29-12 9:03 AM (EST)
Nice job! Both with the paddling and filming. That is just about the most fun that can be had in a sea kayak.
Posted by: rocdoc on Oct-29-12 11:20 AM (EST)
that looks like a ton of fun! Thanks for sharing the video
Posted by: Celia on Oct-29-12 3:17 PM (EST)
Damn that looks fun.
Posted by: yakwise on Oct-29-12 6:36 PM (EST)
What a blast!|
Posted by: monstor on Oct-29-12 8:02 PM (EST)
Thanks for sharing that.
Posted by: yakwise on Oct-29-12 8:57 PM (EST)
watching Sandy hit NY and NJ.. that is really bad timing right at high tide.. hope everyone stays safe up there in the flooding and torrential rain to follow!
All in all|
Posted by: CEWilson on Oct-29-12 11:41 PM (EST)
Sandy has postponed a November Pine Barrens trip, maybe for years with expected blowdown!
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-29-12 11:54 PM (EST)
If you can drive to it you can canoe it. Blowdowns are normal.
Sandy not so good to me|
Posted by: CapeFear on Oct-31-12 10:51 AM (EST)
Thanks for the video. That looks like a fun day out there. I really need to get down there for a weekend or two and paddle with y'all.
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Posted by: yakwise on Oct-31-12 7:21 PM (EST)
Sorry that tree did some damage. A carbon Capella 169 was my first kayak. I was still a beginner but it did well in the surf. I see them for sale in the PNet Classified. Earlier this summer a huge oak limb fell on the corner of my house. It punched some bath tub size holes in the roof, took out the corner of the roof, power lines, meter box, and some damage to my car. The limb was about 24'' in diameter, a water oak, so had it landed straight on the house it would have crushed it. Those limbs are very heavy and cause a lot of damage. That's what I thought would happen up there, but it appears that there was quite a lot of damage. Hitting at high tide is also very bad timing.
Posted by: emblair85 on Nov-03-12 1:04 AM (EST)
Glad someone was able to enjoy Superstorm Sandy :-)
Sea Kayaking Hurricane Sandy|
Posted by: cave_demon on Nov-03-12 10:25 PM (EST)
I'm a canoeist who has literally zero experience sea kayaking, but I did work at S.C. Emergency Management for years doing hurricane preparedness and response. I was working there during both Hurricanes Floyd (1999) and Isabel (2003). In both of those hurricanes, people died doing exactly what you were doing on that video. Although SC is a long way from the point of landfall for Sandy, it's still a dicey proposition due to differences in the way the ocean acts during a tropical disturbance compared to normal swell increases from typical storms. It's like how surfers think that the waves will be awesome during a hurricane, and then are almost always disappointed with the waves or worse, swept out to sea. It's like the Running of the Bulls in Spain- it looks fun, probably is fun, but is also pretty stupid to do. Again I know that you were far away from landfall, but with the title of the video, it looks very irresponsible and leaves a "Darwin Awards Nominee" feel to it. Call me a party-pooping, naysaying curmudgeon all you want, but having dealt with hurricane casualties, and seeing how many of those were due to people heading TOWARD the hurricane to "have fun", the video title and the activities it encourages make me cringe.
Posted by: carltj on Nov-04-12 4:29 PM (EST)
Hello Cave Demon,
fun and safe|
Posted by: yakwise on Nov-04-12 6:25 PM (EST)
I surf and paddle Folly also.|
Posted by: castoff on Nov-04-12 7:28 PM (EST)
Last May in 30 kt winds and 5-6' waves it was about all I could handle. Paddled around Bull Island and camped on Capers Island about two weeks before Sandy. Looks like I should have joined you! Looks like y'all had fun.
Posted by: yakwise on Nov-04-12 8:57 PM (EST)
30 knots and 6' waves would be extremely challenging! Even 17knot onshore winds with 4-5' can be very difficult to even get out past the surf. I love Bulls and Capes. Joe and I get along really well. When we show up we don't know if we are going out or not. There is no pressure. I really don't care. Last year Irene was too much, although there were some surf kayaks out with the surfers. Surfers take more risk but it's what they live for and it's a healthy lifestyle. I'd like to get out with more rough condition kayakers, so feel free to contact us. My email should be in my contact info. We really have fun and have good team work.
I'll look you up sometime.|
Posted by: castoff on Nov-05-12 9:02 AM (EST)
It was challenging and I lasted about 15-20 minutes then called it quits that day and hit the marsh. I camped at the James Island Park since I am a good 3 hours from the coast and the next couple of days werenít so rough.
Posted by: yakwise on Nov-05-12 11:01 AM (EST)
Drop me a line when you are paddling down this way.My email in on the message function. I'm on James Island. I get out with the meet up group every now and then but mostly friends just email. For surf we mostly go out in 2-5' waves, and 3' are really fun. I'll send you and email next time we go out. I also paddle a lot solo because its so easy to just put in and get on the water. I may even try to kayak and surf up at Hatteras, but won't have time until early December. I wouldn't want to do that alone either.
Wow that looked like fun|
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-05-12 11:32 AM (EST)
I also love to surf big waves in a sea kayak on the great lakes. Cant have any more fun.Looks like you had a great time.
Posted by: yakwise on Nov-06-12 2:10 PM (EST)
Several years ago I camped and kayaked along Lake Michigan. Had some great surfing when a storm came close. Real choppy and dumbing but I loved it! The winds go so strong up at Traverse City that we didn't go out although I wanted to. The haystacks were huge and well didn't wan to push my luck, and have respect for any body of water.