Rudder in the Surf
Posted by: oschebell on Oct-29-12 8:41 PM (EST)
Wow thanks so much to all of you for your responses. I think what I have realized is it was just the kayak broaching on a wave, which is apparently quite normal and nearly inescapable. The fact I hadnt broached with the ruddder up was probably due to the fact they were smaller waves, or I was lucky, or I was just more comfortable to that sliding feeling as people have mentioned. The reason why I rolled was because I freaked out when the kayak broached and didnt brace into the wave. You have no idea how grateful I am for all this information and advice. Plus even just knowing that a kayak will always broach at some point on a wave just means I can look for when that happens and get ready to brace, rather than just freak out when it does happen. Many thanks to you all, Owen.