I’ve been paddling a Bahiya off and on since 2004, and thought I would share my observations on the boat. The full review is at BigWaterSmallBoat.com.
Month: March 2009 Page 1 of 2
Ahhhh… last week, a friend of mine (Mathew Wendell), and myself got out to the west coast of Washington for some surf in sea kayaks. I was excited to get the Capella 161 out in some decent surf, and to try some moves on waves using the foampile.
Day one was spent at Crescent Beach where the surf was small, so we occupied ourselves with a short coastal paddle in the Straits of Juan De Fuca. Day two dawned with 15-18 foot Westerly swell on the outer coast, and we drove to Makah Bay thinking we might find something manageable in the straits near Neah Bay which is a popular surfer destination.
We ended up putting in at a river mouth (Sooes River) which empties right into the Pacific. The swell was quite big in most of Makah Bay (probably 12-15 feet) but at the river mouth it was anywhere from 4 to 6 feet and pretty spilly. No sooner had we got on the water when a raging hailstorm deposited a half-inch of hail on the land and it was hard to keep our eyes open. The current of the river, though minimal, assisted us in paddling out, and we had to keep track of our position so we didn’t get carried out farther where big nasty, dumpers raged.
To be out there, in that zone, witnessing huge seas further out with the spray blowing off the crests, while the sunlight disappeared then reappeared was incredibly enrgizing. We kept catching waves, ending our surfs near the river, keeping track of each other via the occasional glimpse of a paddle blade, then paddling back out for “one more wave”.
I was quite pleased with the 161 and found that one can change direction quite quickly, due to the top view profile (no straight sections along the tapeline) and the paddler being positioned a bit forward of the maximum beam (where there is a lot of buoyancy).
I’m quite psyched that more coastal trips are on the calender, as well as a Skookumchuck trip in early May.
The ice is finally off the lakes in Madison, Wisconsin and I got to take my new demo Scorpio for a shakedown cruise. I recorded some initial impressions on my Big Water, Small Boat site. Click here for the whole post.
For paddlers in the Midwest, Canoecopia is the big season kickoff. We had the full P&H crew on hand to show off the newest boats and catch a little bit of early season excitement. For an update on the shenanigans, click here.
bryan shooting in outer banks
|Hot off the DVD launch at Canoecopia, we are excited to announce a healthy list of venues and dates for the DVD release tour. Please come one, come all and join us for an incredible evening of entertainment. We will be raffling gear away, signing DVD’s and fueling the stoke for the upcoming paddling season. Everyone who purchases a DVD at the shows will be automatically enrolled in the chance to win a trip to the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn on the northern tip of Newfoundland courtesy of Linkum Tours. Look forward to seeing you all out there. Here are the dates and links to details for each of the shows (CLICK ON THE VENUES TO TAKE YOU TO COMPLETE DETAILS)…|
EAST COAST TOUR
Bistro Invivo Montreal, Quebec
New England Paddlesports Show Kittery, ME
Downtown Boathouse Pier 96 New York City
Collinsville Canoe and Kayak Collinsville, CT
Osprey Kayak Sea Kayak Adventures Westport, MA
Appomattox River Company Farmville, VA
WEST COAST TOUR
Jerico Sailing Club Vancouver, BC
Outdoor Research Retail Store Seattle, WA
March 27(TO BE CONFIRMED)
Howe Sound Brew Pub Squamish, BC with Current Swell
MANY OF THESE SHOWS WILL SELL OUT AND HAVE LIMITED SEATING. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US or GET IN TOUCH WITH THE VENUES AND RETAILERS WHO ARE HOSTING THE SHOWS REGARDING AVAILABILITY AND DETAILS.
HOPE TO SEE
YOU OUT THERE!
THIS WILL BE AN
EVENT YOU DON’T
WANT TO MISS!
IN SOME LOCATIONS
WE WILL BE GETTING
OUT ON THE WATER
PRIOR TO THE SHOW.