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 31 
 on: November 10, 2018, 11:02:31 AM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
Thanks John for this tip. Where do you get them?
The big downside of wearing ear plugs is the lack of clear hearing.
I've noticed that while wearing mine. I relied on hand signals and gestures
when paddling with a group.

 32 
 on: November 10, 2018, 07:15:42 AM 
Started by Tim G - Last post by Tim G
Hi Folks,  let's meet at Bay Campus at 10:00. If the current wind forecast holds, then we'll launch from there.  it's getting colder - air temps in low to mid 40s, water lower50s - drysuits and layers - Gloves or pogies for hands, etc.

Tim G

 33 
 on: November 09, 2018, 08:28:48 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by purplesurfcat
I have a lot of trouble with dizziness in cold water (actually, it doesn't need to be that cold). I swear by Doc's Proplugs, which are the ergonomic variety, for swimming and for situations paddling where immersion is likely (especially rescue/rolling sessions). For me, they are the difference between being able to do longer distance oceans swims and barely lasting a minute or two.

They are sized, but for not too much more than a single pair you can get a full set of all sizes to zero in on the right one.

Be aware that with plugs, a beanie, and a helmet your hearing is seriously dampened.

John

 34 
 on: November 03, 2018, 12:54:56 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
It says 11 A.M. on original post.

 35 
 on: November 03, 2018, 12:51:35 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
Paddle is on for tomorrow Sunday - Launch 10 A.M.
( note; don't forget to change your clocks tonight)

 36 
 on: November 02, 2018, 08:24:26 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by Otterdog65
Hi Jon,
Thanks for the info. Yes, I know the issues that can arrive quickly in on the water situation so your advice is appreciated! Thanks for the link, I'm going to check it out and I'm sure I will be in touch!

-Jim C.

 37 
 on: November 02, 2018, 12:46:48 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
Jim,
Welcome to the group!
The marine forecast is calling for 3-4' swells. This puts this trip at a level 4 category ( See trip Levels on the home page )
What concerns me is that I haven't paddled with you yet and haven't gotten to know you.
Also given the sea state forecast and your inability to roll as well as paddling a 12.5 kayak makes you a liability to the group.
The islands we head out to are a bit of a distance from the launch and you'd have a hard time keeping up with the group.
My suggestion is to join us when the sea state is calmer and we're paddling in the bay as well as paddling a longer kayak.
If you're interested in instruction this weekend you might want to check out Kayak Waveology's Gales event. https://www.kayakwaveology.com/
I hope to see you on the water soon.
Best,
Jon Sharlin ( trip coordinator )

 38 
 on: November 02, 2018, 08:52:51 AM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by Otterdog65
Hello,
I am new to the RIKA Group and I am an Intermediate Level Paddler with some White Water and a decent amount of Ocean Kayaking experience looking to get into Rock Gardening and some surfing as well. I do own a dry suit and am proficient in doing wet exits but not as much experience in rolling. My limitation is that I have a 12.5' Wilderness Systems Tsunami (moving up to an Eddyline Fathom in the coming weeks) but I have read that the Tsunami is ok for Rock Gardening.

Would I be a good fit at this point? I plan on taking a number of rolling classes soon, but I am also a strong paddler and very well trained in alot of safety aspects. If not a good fit now do you think I would need to wait until I move up in boats?

Thanks in advance!
Jim 

 39 
 on: November 01, 2018, 07:51:51 PM 
Started by JSharlin - Last post by JSharlin
Daylight Savings change on Sunday  (11 is our old time of 10 )
Level 3.5 Rock gardening and possible surfing
Drysuits , helmets and fun...
Stay tuned for any change.
Jon

 40 
 on: October 31, 2018, 05:52:59 PM 
Started by Tony M. - Last post by Tony M.
   Here's the video link for the Sunday surf session at Mackerel Cove.

                   www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJdVdsLVZZ0

   Unfortunately, there were issues with a lot of the video clips I took. One was the glaring sun (can't do anything about that), and the other issue was condensation sometimes forming on the inside window of the camera housing, a result of cold water hitting it from the outside (that I have a solution for in the future). As a result, the video is shorter than it would otherwise have been, and often not up to the visual standards that I try to achieve. It is what it is!
                       
                                              Tony

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