A group of 3 paddlers and myself circumnavigated Wrightsville Beach and Masonboro Island last weekend. Initially, we had planned on camping for a night on Masonboro Island in between, but one of the local paddlers offered to let us stay at his house, so we ended up breaking it up into two relatively short(13 mile and 19 mile) day paddles, sleeping and eating in comfort.
Due to some scheduling issues, it has been awhile since I have been able to make it out to the beach to do some ocean kayaking. However, this weekend, I spent an afternoon playing at Emerald Isle with a friend. Magic Seaweed had the surf conditions at about 1-2 feet, building towards the end of … Continue reading Back to the Beach
A friend and I recently completed a 65 Mile Circumnavigation around Portsmouth Island(North Core Banks,) which is a barrier island on the North Carolina Coast. I wrote a detailed trip report on the CKC website, which you can find in this post, but have included a bit more information here about this amazing ocean kayaking trip!
Recently, one of my paddling buddies shared a discussion thread with me, which presented the idea that many people paddle boats that are too long for them. The idea being that if you can’t attain and sustain max hull speed in the boat, then the boat is too long for you. I think it is … Continue reading Size Matters, but How Much?
This year, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Baja California, Mexico paddling and exploring the coast line. This was without a doubt the most amazing and beautiful place I have ever paddled(so far.) The trip was organized by an ocean kayaker friend who had went last year and, as is the case … Continue reading Baja California 2017
When you are out paddling, it is pretty common for people to come up and start a conversation with you. A recurring conversation point is whether or not you have ever seen a shark while paddling. Well this week, I got to see my first shark, which I believe was a relatively large Black Tip … Continue reading Shark Encounters of the Boring Kind
This weekend, I went out to Rich Inlet, next to Figure Eight Island in Wilmington for a nice day of surfing. We launched and rode the tide out roughly 2.75 miles to make an easy beach landing just before Rich Inlet. There, we stretched our legs and discussed the plans for the day. Ultimately, we … Continue reading Surf Day By Figure Eight Island
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend New Years Day paddling at Emerald Isle. Magic Seaweed reported the conditions at about 1 foot. However, we determined that due to the distance Bogue Pier(the conditions Magic Seaweed is reporting) is from Bogue Inlet(where we do most of our paddling,) you need to add a … Continue reading Ringing in the New Year at the Beach
I had the opportunity to go on a neat coastal paddle this weekend around Cape Lookout NC this past weekend. We started our paddle at the Harkers Island Visitor Center and then went about 3 miles Northeast to Codd’s creek. From there, we traveled around 7 miles down to Cape Lookout and camped right in … Continue reading Cape Lookout NC
Recently, several other paddlers and myself attempted to undertake a somewhat ambitious paddle around the North Carolina Outer Banks. Our initial plan was to start at the Cedar Island Ferry, paddle to Portsmouth, then ocean side around Ocracoke to spend the night in Hatteras. Then, paddle back to Ocracoke to spend the night, having completely … Continue reading Ocracoke Ocean Paddle