Once a year I edit a video of my best footage of sea kayaking in Moreton Bay, Queensland.
No surfing ocean swell, no remote granite islands, no seal colonies and no dry suits here.
The paddling fun is not far away and, even if I don’t live close enough to the bay for a quick morning paddle, most weekends are spend paddling and sea kayak sailing in the warm waters of my local pond.
I love a windy day where I can challenge myself on a few small waves sprinting to catch a short ride, sometimes aided by a sail.
I find calm waters more challenging than textured ones and paddling on a mirror-surface sea is not my thing.
When tidal flow opposes the wind conditions mimic a small tidal race: I can paddle in one direction and surf while making very little ground.
The waves don’t usually spill although they don’t last like in a real tidal race.
Of course all the rough stuff is in name of training for real challenging conditions that I might find myself in when on an extended trip.