It's been out for a couple of years since Birthright was released but I still think that this is one of the most inspiring kayak films out there. If you haven’t seen it before, now is the time.
One man's struggle to transcend.
This humble film is about a friend of mine named Michael and his daily ritual to find his natural self through surfing.
I wrote him for more information about the photo and here is what he said:
This was 2 days ago at Baynes Channel, Victoria BC, our local Tide race. It was a great day with mid size to big, good small swell coming after 36hrs of SE and about 4 kn of Ebb,
That is Ben Garrett dropping in behind. We surfed until dark and it was getting better and better but too messy for night surfing.
Photo credit: Nick Castro. Used with permission.
Friend of the site, Christopher Lockyer put together a great little video of a recent trip riding the Shubie River tidal bore in Nova Scotia. If you have never heard of a tidal bore before, Wikipedia describes one as a “tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay's current.”
It’s weird watching the video knowing that the waves are mainly formed from incoming tide. The action really gets going around the 2:40ish mark when the waves get steeper and back surfing gets started.
Special thanks to Keith Wikle from Go Kayak Now! for making me aware of this fantastic looking surf kayak video called, Wild Coast HEAT. It all takes place on South Africa's Wildcoast.
I'm absolutely terrified just watching it.
If you look closely, you can see the boats out there and it can give you some perspective on the monsters rolling in.
Now I am really jealous!
Thanks to Sue for the tip that they were out there!
Update: Seems like they went home for the night but you can view them if you watch the 24h loop for today. They pop around 7pm. Or click the graphic on the righ to see the full size.
More info: Wawa Webcam
That morning when we checked the weather again, the system had changed. Winds were 15 knotts from the west increasing to 30 knotts by noon. Seas 1m increasing to 2-3m by noon.
Here in Toronto, winds from the west mean that you are forced to surf near the nude beach. Thank goodness that the cold winds have arrived blowing the sun worshipers back indoors with their artificial sun lamps. Trust me, there are never super models there.
Like normal, it wasn't as big as what they were calling for but it was pushy enough. We surfed for a couple of hours getting trashed several times. Later, we practiced deploying and setting up our tow systems in big water. It is always a little bit more of a challenge than in flat conditions so it is good to practice it.
On the way home, we played around in the large waves which were around 3-4 feet at this time. We tucked our paddles under one arm, closed our eyes, laid back on the back deck and waited to see what happened. Yes, we got knocked over quite a few times. It was a bunch of fun.
Oh yes, we also paddled for a while with our eyes closed. That was weird.
We are kind of geeks about that sort of stuff.