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.
Here’s a clip featuring one of our regular students, having perfected a fancy roll.
I want to convey a hearty THANK YOU to all the participants who made this winter’s pool sessions a great success for Tubby Hook and Kayak Dov.
As some of you may know, this was the first year for Julie and Dov to to run a pool program at the Masters School, especially to Matt Kane’s clients who came along to see how we’d do.
Dov and I had a lot of fun working with a range of paddlers, from people learning the basics, to people learning fancy rolls. And, we’re happy some of you tried out Greenland-style Rebel kayaks.
Here are some pictures.
We – Kayak Dov and Tubby Hook Paddle Company – had a great start to our first pool program yesterday. We have two more sessions scheduled, for February 24 and March 3.
We had great turnout, with nearly a dozen paddlers either showing up with their own boats or renting boats from us, a few taking classes, while others practiced on their own.
We had familiar faces and new, and both experienced paddlers and starters. Everyone shares stories and top tips. It’s a social setting as much as an instructional environment.
To learn more about the program, drop a note to email@example.com.