July 6, 2011
I've been paddling regularly since the 80's, transitioning from canoes to kayaks in the late 90's -- usually along fast moving narrow creeks and rivers of the Pine Barrens to estuaries along the Chesapeake. Most challenging paddling experience occurred up by Perryville under 20-25knot winds, using my Velocity. It was like bronco riding on water, but the most fun I've ever had in that boat. The Bay waters looked like the surface of a cup of coffee while riding on a lawn mower. Recently at the start of this millenia, I've been a lot more cautious, learning to integrate my skills in photography with kayaking to best improve my balance and techniques to capture wildlife and the sport of kayaking in this region.
- Sun Velocity 13ft hybrid kayak (WW, surf, touring) - Wilderness Systems Tempest 170 PRO - Newfoundland-style Labrador K9'yak
Kayaking is a sport that offers a unique means to find wildlife & to learn the history of the Chesapeake Bay region. As an amateur photographer, I enjoy capturing the experience through photographs. Please visit my site at http://www.domjma...
[Updated review] My first Meetup: Looking for a kayak? WKC's tryout and picnic day at Leesylvania State Park was super. While I only tested a few boats, Madeline's Tempest 170 proved to be the defining factor towards my next upgrade to a more 'sea-worthy' kayak. :) After returning home, I found a nearly unused, garage-kept, WS Tempest Pro 170 at 1/2 cost, including full gear. After contacting the seller, I was told that someone had already responded and will look at it Sunday. I thought that I had no chance. Then the seller called back,.. the prospective buyer said, "It's just too much kayak for me". What a fool! Only, it was an 8-9 hr drive! I told her that I'm on my way there now. At 20hrs RT, I figured that she's saving me $100/hr Thanks so much for hosting Kayak Try Out Day! Wish me luck! :) [Previous review] Great group of paddlers! Very friendly and willing to allow 'strangers' (newby members) to use their boats and to share their experiences and knowledge.