Deke M.

*2015

Location:

Alexandria, VA
Hometown: Chicago, IL; McLean, VA; Alexandria, VA

Member since:

July 1, 2012

A PFD (Personal Floatation Device) is required for all of our paddles. Do you have your own PFD or have acces to one?

A number of them depending on the type of conditions and type of boat (sea kayak vs. SOT vs. SUP etc). Never without one on the water (on me, not just in the boat or on the board).

Please tell us a little about your previous kayaking experience. It's okay if you don't have a lot of experience.

Most of my adult life. Surf kayaking, flat water, a tiny bit of whitewater in my younger days. I am on the water every week year round (so I have a lot of cold weather gear). Been on the Potomac in just about every condition (love the small craft warning days when it is just me and the windsurfers).

What kind or type of kayak(s) do you own? If you'll be renting or borrowing from a friend that's okay too. We also have rental kayaks for members to use.

My family has 16 kayaks and 4 SUPs (I have a bit of a gear addiction problem :o) The ones I use the most: Cobra Expedition (18' Sit-On-Top), Eddyline Fathom (16'6" sea kayak), Seda Glider "Sea Ski" (19' sea kayak converted to a surf ski), QCC 400X (15'3" sea kayak), Bic Sport Scapa 14.5 (14'5" fitness SOT), Cobra Wave Witch (11'6" surf SOT), Wilderness System Kaos (11'6" surf SOT) and with my wife a Seda Tango (22' Tandem sea kayak).

Why do you kayak? Some people paddle to relax and get away from it all outdoors, others to stay fit. The real crazies paddle just for the joy and fun of it. What's your reason?

It's an addiction. What can I say? Probably need a 12-step program :o) In truth, I kayak for all of those reasons and probably ones I am not even conscious of. I love paddling with folks who love to paddle but I also love to sometime just be on my own to get away from it all and clear my mind and/or get a good workout (while I rock out :o).

What do you hope to get out of joining this group? Some people want to improve their paddling skills others just want to socialize with fellow paddlers. Is there anything special you're looking for?

Looking for folks who share my passion.

Introduction

I am an avid kayaker/SUP paddler that goes out quite a bit by myself for fitness paddling but also 1-2 times a week with my wife (who shares my passion but to a lesser degree). On the water is where I feel most at home.

What Deke M. is saying about this Meetup Group

Great group. The leader's a bit questionable :o)


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