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I'm likely in for weekends if you let me know when you're down here. Lamar from Barrier Island Kayaks is in Eastern Horizons, the kayak movie. I think they show him paddling there in Bogue Inlet. That's a nice big playground with a variety of shoals. The tidal flows seem to continue a good 2 hours after low & high tides at the inlets before changing direction.
There are a lot of nice places to paddle tucked behind the barrier islands. A paddle out to Cape Lookout is always nice. There's a nice kayak launch and visitors center at the end of Harkers Island, a fairly short trip from there.
It's a lot of fun to circumnavigate islands or sections of islands in the area.
Sandy beaches, open ocean, inlets and shoals, surf, sheltered marshes. Not much to complain about around there as a kayaker. Kudzu and I have a few paddling friends that frequent the area. I think we already have a plan for April 7 - 8 paddling from Jacksonville to Sneads Ferry on the New River, then out of New River Inlet, through the ocean and back into Bogue Inlet.