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Deke M.

Event Organizer



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 dozens of kayaks and 3 SUPs (I have a bit of a gear addiction problem :o) The ones I use the most: P&H Aries (15'9" playboat/sea kayak), NDK Pilgrim Expedition (17'3" sea kayak), Point 65N Whiskey (15' playboat/sea kayak), Seda Glider "Sea Ski" (19' sea kayak converted to a surf ski), Cobra Expedition (18' Sit-On-Top), Epic 16X (16' sea kayak), Point 65N XP18 Spyder (18' surf ski), and with my wife a Current Designs Unity (21' 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.


I am an avid kayaker/SUP paddler that goes almost every weekend and many weekdays. 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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