FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water


FLOW - Fun and Learning on the Water - Hobuck Beach

Come to Hobuck and paddle surf and costal conditions with fellow mountaineer kayakers.

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  • Fri, Feb 22, 2019 — Sun, Feb 24, 2019
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 8 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 3.5

If conditions are good we will be out at Hobuck Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to mid-day.  From there we will choose appropriate trips.  People can join as their schedule permits.

I'll travel out Friday and try to surf at some sites along the straight, such as Crescent, Twin, and some exploration of unknown sites.


The main intention of this trip is to surf waves at Hobuck.  It is an opportunity for people to come out, surf together, and develop skill through practice.  All levels of surf paddlers are invited but we don't plan formal, basic instruction.  You should have enough surf paddling ability to paddle out and in through moderate surf.
My goals, expectations, and style for this trip are:


  • Enjoy a weekend of paddling in the surf and coastal environment
  • Opportunity for everyone to improve skills through experience


  • Participants have had some training paddling in the surf and can assess their own ability and choose conditions that are appropriate for their skill
  • Some activities will be mountaineer activities.  Outside of that people have freedoms to engage in personal paddling/trips. 
  • Leaders are clear about when they are leading a mountaineers activity and document it.
  • Participants are clear about when they are on a mountaineers activity and when they are on private activity
  • Mutually monitor each other during surfing and paddles to provide assistance when needed
  • Don’t take risks that your paddling partners are not comfortable with


  • Relaxed weekend padding in surf on the coast
  • Focus on surfing at Hobuck beach and seek other destinations when that is not great.
  • Practice additional skills together
  • Develop trust in each other as paddling partners
Depending on conditions we may do a coastal paddle out of Hobuck or Neah Bay.  Each of these will be run as a mini trip with leader and selection of appropriate participants for the destination.  
Since I’ve seen strong winds cut power to Hobuck several times and make roads difficult to drive I’ll cancel if such winds are forecast.  
Cabins will be available to reserve for this time Starting Jan 1 (or so).  

Hobuck Beach

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S

    MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    Sea Trails Strait of Juan de Fuca & Crescent Lake WA301

    Sea Trails Roadless Coast, Neah Bay to Ruby Beach WA302

    NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

We are paddling in rough conditions in the winter.  This is the time to bring all your emergency and spare gear.
Tow systems
Extra clothing
First aid kits
High energy foods
Boat repair kits
Recommended Equipment
VHF radios
Storm CAG (especially in winter)
Warm tea or water
Trip Reports