Sea Kayak - Whidbey Island West Shore

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Sea Kayak - Whidbey Island West Shore

May you have fair winds and following seas. A long down wind run along the west coast of Whidbey Island.

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  • SKIV
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: brisk

This is part of the Paddle and Camp weekend.  We have the Deception Pass group campsite reserved and you are welcome to register to camp there on Friday and/or Saturday nights.

You do not need to be signed up for the Paddle and Camp weekend to join this paddle.

 

 Join me for one of my favorite things to do in a sea kayak. A long and challenging down wind shuttle run!

This paddle is weather dependent. The final paddle location and itinerary will be adjusted to reflect the available conditions on the day of the paddle.

We will be looking for strong winds and large following seas. To sign on to this paddle participants will need to be familiar with, and enjoy, paddling in sustained 20kt winds and up to 4'+ breaking waves. Have a practiced and reliable self / assisted rescue in the listed conditions. And familiarity with downwind surfing. Helmets required.

Ideal conditions for this paddle will be a sustained north wind at 15kt or greater. If we are so lucky as to encounter such conditions on the day of the paddle we will launch from Washington park. Surf our way down the west coast of Whidbey Island to Ebeys Landing State Park where we will shuttle our kayaks and weary body's back to camp to tell tall tales of the high seas.

Vaccinations required. 

Route/Place

Whidbey Island West Shore


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
  9. Helmet
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