by SK Team Paddler Christine Burris
With three-foot waves it may not feel like surf season, but summer in the Pacific North West still has potential. Last weekend Rogue Wave changed up our classroom to a slightly steeper beach, allowing our beginning students to encounter glassier wave faces and less reform during the lower wave heights of summer. Our winter venue is a gentile spilling beach which allows the often 20+ ft outside to provide reform waves creating a dynamic yet safe learning environment. The summer beach has special benefits such as eliminating the long carry in exchange for a drive in to off-load parking option. Hooray for no long carry at the end of the day!
Although last weekend’s class was surf zone basics, each student had some experience in ocean waves. It was a great day with every member of the class attaining new skills and reaching personal bests.
Jason Learned came along to test out a Sterling Kayaks Reflection that he planned to bring to Skookumchuck Rapids the following week. Toward the end of the day Bob took it for a spin and eventually endo’d it knocking the stern hard into the bottom before rolling up. Lest just say we promise it will be fixed properly before it is returned. Jason’s video should be online soon. Sorry Nick.