Kayaking in a Toronto Gale Storm [Photography]

Monday, 30 January 2012
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Erik in the Waves

Here is a small collection of photos from Saturday’s gale windstorm kayak paddle in the Western Gap of the Toronto Harbour.

It ended up being a great day to be on the water as the temperature was a balmy +2c (35f) and the SSW winds (which were blowing at 25 gusting to 45 knots) made for some really rough conditions.

The Western Gap is a favourite location for us when the wind is out of the West as wave energy gets trapped in there jacking them up considerably higher then the surrounding shoreline. It’s bad for sailors but great for us.


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In these photos the wave heights is average four feet with many of them at around six to eight feet. The real monster stuff which we steered clear of was in the 12-14 foot range.

This was a really nice change from the terrible paddling conditions this fall/winter so far. Except for a handful of days, we have had pretty much had no wind since October.

Sadly, no photos from in the mess of things as it was way too scary. I was forced to shoot only from a rickety dock that ended up being almost as scary just trying to stand up on...

Here is the slideshow:

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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