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Author:  pawistik [ December 18th, 2013, 11:17 am ]
Post subject:  Winter Paddling in Summer Conditions

I got out paddling this month.... in Florida!

Since our water is pretty hard at the moment, I went south to paddle. Way south, about 2,300 km farther south than I had ever paddled before. Our family took advantage of a WestJet seat sale and flew to Orlando for the first week of December. The first 4 days were spent at the usual Disney World and other theme parks - lots of people (although in reality it was a low traffic time and there were not nearly as many people as there might have been) and a few watery rides didn't quite cut it for me.

The last part of our trip was spent at the ocean, at Cocoa Beach. Living so far from saltwater I knew I wanted to take advantage of the warm ocean so in advance I had lined up an ACA kayak instructor to spend an afternoon working on my ocean paddling skills. I hired Michael Shugg who just recently formed Adventure Spirit Kayaking - http://www.adventurespiritkayaking.com/ and we headed out from Port Canaveral on a beautiful afternoon to play in the waves of Cocoa Beach learning to tour and play in a bit of surf. The waves weren't big, but they were enough to work with as a start.

Here is the full story on my blog: http://pawistik.blogspot.ca/2013/12/win ... art-1.html

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Cheers,
Bryan

Author:  littleredcanoe [ December 18th, 2013, 2:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Winter Paddling in Summer Conditions

Thanks for sharing!. We are off to the West Coast of FL in January for paddling the Big Bend and the Everglades(again). We have a mission to find Liquor Still Bay, whose location is not readily shared openly. I love historical mysteries.

I haven't paddled off the East Coast except for some rivers and have avoided so far all the tourist stuff.

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