I took three students out to Democrat Point, Long Island, the other day. It’s known as a good surf spot, but there are some other features there as well.
With Force 4 winds, the first thing we discussed was how to manage wind in our paddling.
We then moving on to a recirculating eddy, practicing how to cross an eddy line and how to keep and attain position in current.
At the tip of the point, a wide tiderace forms, and after hopping out on the beach to scout it, we had a bit of play. One of the students practiced his roll in the tiderace – success!
We finished the day with some surf. At low tide, the incoming swell was breaking up over some barrier shoals, giving us nice, long but gentle wavers to surf along.