A few weeks ago, I was able to break away and spend two days playing at Emerald Isle. Our group, which compromised around 6 other sea kayakers, mostly played in Bouge Inlet, as well as a little by Bear Island. Conditions were not huge, but we were able to find some fun surf both days.
This weekend, I got to do a little playing at Falls Dam as they were tapering off the release from all the water they got from Hurricane Florence. This was the first time in several months that I have been able to catch a release at the Dam. We have had a relatively dry spell … Continue reading Spaghetti Strings: Falls Dam Edition
Last weekend, I did a paddle on Falls Lake and, as would be expected, the water levels were still very high. Even though we are several weeks out from Florence, the US Army Corps of Engineers didn’t start releasing until last week and the lake is still almost 6 Feet above their preferred level. While here in the Triangle area, I don’t think we generally got as much flooding as we did during Hurricane Mathew, we got a bit more rain and still ended up with very high lake levels.
You can see this when you compare two pictures I took, one from yesterday, 09/30/2018, and another from earlier in the year when the lake was at a more normal level.
Two buddies and I completed a 41 mile circumnavigation of Bald Head Island last weekend. We started at Carolina Beach State Park, paddling South down the Cape Fear River to reach Bald Head Island. We then paddled around the South facing beach and then traveled ocean side North, passing Fort Fischer, Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, and then returning to the Carolina State Park through Snow’s Cut. It took us 9 Hours 15 Minutes of paddling, with a total time on the water of just under 13 hours.
When kayak surfing, I am always amazed by the amount of energy and distance you end up putting in over a relatively short distance. This week, I went to Bogue Inlet and tried out a new GPS App on my phone. The app is geared towards running, but I was able to export the GPS … Continue reading Spaghetti Strings: Visualizing the Surf Day
This weekend, I spent Saturday playing around at Emerald Isle, paddling around 15 miles, with 6 of those being against the tide, so it felt like a lot more. There was almost no wind and swell was very light, but we still had fun playing in the confused seas and checking out two of the buoys off the coast.
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
After several years of owning my Dagger Alchemy 14.0S, I have finally gotten around to writing up a review on it. When I first got my Alchemy, I had been paddling a Necky Manitou 13 for a year or two and while the Manitou is an awesome boat in its own right, moving to the Alchemy really helped me to skill up, as it feels much more like a proper kayak.
These days, while I don’t use it as much and it wouldn’t be my first choice for use on the ocean or lake, I still use it frequently on the river and have no plans on getting rid of the boat. For a plastic boat, it is still incredibly kayaky and made of rather thick plastic compared to other similar models.
Since the removal of the old Milburnie Dam, a new area of rapids has been added to the Neuse River. Where before, this area offered a couple of minor waves that you could nose your boat into, there are now several nice play spots. However, determining what the water level is at Milburnie Dam and how to know when it is fun to go out there, is not so straightforward. Together with a local paddler, who has largely been the drive behind much of our discoveries, we have been able to figure out a few decent metrics for gauging the neuse river here.