Longboat Key, FLUSA
Hometown: Longboat Key, FL
March 4, 2012
Passionate sea kayaker, who has paddled in areas of Lake Superior, Erie, Orcas Island, the Everglades and 10,000 Islands, Florida's ICW, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, and Gulf of Mexico. I prefer open water but also enjoy a quieter paddle with the opportunity to chat and get to know others in the group. Comfortable with wet exits and self and assisted rescues.
I'm a strong, experienced, intermediate kayaker, though I continue to practice and learn more on every outing.
Epic 18x sea kayak; Epic v10 Sport surf ski; Necky Looksha 12' for rivers; wood Greenland style Merganser, which I'm slowly refinishing. Just bought a Perception Caretta tandem for the 300 miles in 8 days 2015 Everglades Challenge. I have all the gear, including VHF radio, tow line, deck light, helmet, first aid kit, flares, repair kit, dry suit, GPS with maps for areas I paddle, pogies, paddle float, compass, etc.
Yes, to and around 16 of its 32 islands. Have paddled 54 miles on Erie in a 48 hour period. By mid-summer, I'm good for 25-30 miles in a day.
I have been sea kayaking six years, love wind and waves and, while enjoying each outing to the hilt, I also use each time on the water to practice and reinforce what I've learned, so I am always becoming a better and safer paddler.
Four of us did this paddle and it was definitely for experienced Kayakers as we ended up crawlin' to the crib. Inside the break wall water is calmer.