Sunday, July 26, 2009

Day at the Beach

Lets leave town early morning, and spend a few hours paddling and at the beach at Masonboro Island, then in the afternoon we can visit the the Wooden Boat Show.
Plan to arrive at Trails End boat ramp (lots of parking available) about 9:30 for a 10:00 am launch. Just google or mapquest 609 Trails End Road. We'll paddle about 2 miles through the salt marsh and bays over to Masonboro.
It's a very short walk over to the beach where we can spend a couple hours of sun, fun, lunch, swimming, and walks on the beach.We'll plan to return from the Island about 1:30 or 2:00pm, return to the cars and head over to the Boat Show which runs till 4:30.
We can cap the day off with an early evening seafood dinner before returning back home.This is a great trip for all skill levels, and any type of canoe or kayak, as it’s a fairly short paddle over to the Island.

" I had a great time, a little sore today but it was worth it"

"The day at the beach was great! We had a great paddle despite battling some tough winds on the return trip, but it all worked out fine. Thank goodness for the meal afterwards."

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

skill night july 2009

A night to pratice old skills and work on some new ones. This is a mentor style class.
Everyone has a skill they can teach. It is fun to teach skills, and it helps you learn it better by teaching. Fun for all!


When Thunderstorms are predicted and winds pick up, prudent paddlers stay off the lake!:))

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Intro To Surf Class

Intro to Surf classes offered to the club by Barrier Island Kayaks
in Swansboro on Sat and Sun, 7/18 and 7/19.
Class Description:
This course is designed for sea kayakers (long boats with bulkheads or sea socks only) who have never been in the surf, or who want to get more comfortable or practiced in surf.
Focus will be on safety and etiquette, launching and landing, wave selection, positioning and take off, basic ruddering and side surfing. Rolling is not required. Euro or Greenland paddles allowed, helmets and spray skirts required. Don’t forget to also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, water, snacks and lunch. The class will be cancelled and rescheduled if weather conditions warrant.

Lamar Hudgens
Education Degree WCU

BCU 5 Star Award
BCU Level 4 Coach Sea A1*
AssessorACA Advanced Open Water Instructor

Lamar founded Barrier Island Kayaks in 1996. He has now accumulated over 30 years of kayaking experience with over 22,000 miles behind the paddle. He has worked as head guide for Wildwater Ltd. on the Chattooga River, managed High Country Outfitters on the Ocoee River, worked as a trip leader and instructor for Nantahala Outdoor Center and Senior Field Staff rock climbing and paddling instructor for Camp Woodson Therapeutic Wilderness Camp. Lamar's guiding experience on Section IV of the Chattooga River was written up in National Geographic in April 1983.
Lamar was awarded the BCU 5 Star in 2004 from Nigel Dennis at an assessment in Anglesey, Wales, UK. At that time, this award was held by less than 15 paddlers in the United States and qualifies Lamar as one of the highest ranking BCU sea coaches in the US. His passion for open sea paddling has taken him to Wales four times and Lamar now leads advanced sea kayak trips to the UK.

I'm hoping to take some pics, but it's hard to surf and shoot :)


Mitch & Michael


Everyone seemed to have a great time, and conditions were just perfect with primarily 1-2 ft waves (and a few 3 footers on Saturday). Lots of lessons learned from understanding your own limits, discovering which skills need some more work, putting recovery braces and balance into practice, and discovering the thrill of taking off on a wave.
Tamas, a big grizzly bear of a guy, wins the prize for best balance in the class. This was his first time ever in the ocean, and he never flipped in the surf once, and he was out on Saturday with the larger surf. He had a huge smile on his face throughout, and when we came to shore he looked me and said "I may never want to paddle on the lake again".

Please note:
This is not a beginner kayaking class, this is a beginner surf class for seakayaks. There is an expectation that you already have a reasonable forward stroke, know how to maneuver with sweep strokes and stern rudder, are getting comfortable edging and bracing with a low brace, and have learned and practiced wet exits and assisted rescues in flat water.
Part of the class will be in building and fine tuning these skills in rough water, but you should have them in flat water now.
If you have any concerns or questions about your skills, please feel free to call Lamar at BIK 252-393-6457.
The class will be quite physical and tiring, but so much fun! Don’t forget to bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen, and croakies or some other holder for your glasses or sunglasses.

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