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  only paddled through once
  Posted by: capefear on Sep-02-13 1:27 PM (EST)

We left from a public access just north of the inlet. Maybe a mile away give or take if I remember correctly.
It seemed to follow the characteristics of most inlets in the area. Lots of shoaling on either side leading out. Where you want to play and where you can get the longest rides depends on wave and swell size and direction, tidal current direction and speed, water depth over the shoals, wave period/speed, the everchanging landscape of the shoals, etc, etc.
My approach would be to make sure the swimmer options were good. A separation from boat could mean a swimmer pulled out, and a kayak tumbled around stuck in the surf zone. So I always want to make sure a rescue can be handled confidently outside the surf zone before rough play with a strong ebbing tide. Make sure everyone participating has the mindset of extended relaxed swims among breaking waves, and knows what direction makes sense considering both tidal and longshore currents, and areas where assisted rescues will be reasonably safe for everyone involved.
Other than that, it's not that big of an area, so just have fun with what presents itself given the conditions.
It would be fun to get up there with you. I wish it wasn't such a drive.

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