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.
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