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Paddle from Waimea Bay to Mokuleia - Shark cages !!! Aug. 3

Waimea Bay To Mokuleia & Shark Cage Paddle 9.5 miles

Aloha Paddlers!!

We’ll be doing our next Circle Island paddle on Sunday, Aug. 3, going from Waimea Bay to Mokuleia - 9.5 miles.   Because of the distance and open ocean environment, we're also scheduling a shorter 5 mile route - from Waimea Bay to Haleiwa Bay Beach Park.

If you’re up for a longer paddle, the nine and one half mile route to Mokuleia Beach Park is it. It's straight down wind (great for kayak sails) across Haleiwa Bay, so will take approx. 3 to 3.5 hours depending on wind conditions, wave direction and enthusiasm of our paddlers.

One of the real attractions of this route is that it can take us close to the Shark Cage operations. Those that want to, can paddle out about 20 minutes off our straight line course and get right up next to the shark cages. This provides a good bit of excitement when the sharks are in the area just a short distance from our kayaks. It’s a sight you rarely get to see……….and what we've learned when we've done this in the past is that the sharks pay little attention to the kayaks as they’re eagerly looking for anything that might be thrown off the shark cage boat.  In the past, we’ve had one of our paddlers, Rich Conolly, get off his kayak and snorkel in the area so he could get some good pics of the sharks, and he got back to his kayak with nearly all of his body parts intact………….Nah, just kidding, they pretty much ignored him…..Lucky for him! You can see the results of our last paddle out to the shark cages by clicking on the photos section of the web site and clicking on “Bob's video” which will take you to YouTube and a video of the sharks in the water around us. Bring an underwater camera (and a long handle) and make your own video. The species of shark in the are are generally Galapagos and  Grey Reef Sharks, both pretty non-aggressive types.

Soooooo, here’s the plan…….
Meet at Waimea Bay at 7:30 AM,  and off-load boats and equipment. The shuttle cars will leave the Bay at 7:50 AM. 

After the shuttle, we’ll put in at Waimea Bay at 8:45 AM. We should finish up between noon and 1:00PM. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you leave home in the morning and we'll hope for great down-wind conditions! ALSO, WE HAVE KAYAK SAILS AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT Twogood Kayaks and this is a perfect route to use one if it's a windy day. See ya all there!!

As always: know your capabilities, limits, and the expected conditions and check your equipment before you go. Sun Screen, hat and water are a must. Sun glasses, gloves and dry bag are a good idea. Remember to stay in sight of the group and tell others if you are leaving. You alone are responsible for your health and safety. To check conditions, go to: and check the surf and wind forecast to see what it’s saying at that time. Then, knowing the latest forecast, we can all make the decision about whether to come out for this paddle or to go for a paddle somewhere else, or stay home and clean the yard. Be sure to check the Meetup – Hua Iki web site for any changes and updates and to change your RSVP if you change your mind. You can reach Bob Twogood at the shop at[masked]

If you need to rent a kayak –Twogood Kayaks gives Meetup members a 15% discount off the Kamiana rate. We also have car top pads, straps, dry bags, etc. If you want to pick up your kayak on Friday afternoon after 3 pm so you can drive straight to Waimena Bay on Sunday morning, let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate your request. See ya there!!

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  • Dave

    Nice workout. Wasn't easy steering the Zest tandem through the wind and waves but caught some good surf at times. Slowly getting more comfortable with the unpredictable ocean conditions. Thank you for organizing this Bob! Looking forward to the next adventure!

    August 3, 2014

  • Marc N.

    I'm in pain, but it was absolutely fun. My "take aways":

    1) 9 miles was really 11.

    2) Bob's advice of angling the blade at entry helped. This was at ~7 miles, where I was getting tired and sloppy. The advice helped me to both shark cages. 3) My inflatable life jacket worked well (Removed CO2 and water sensor). I put 3 breaths in it, which gave it enough buoyancy to make treading water easier, without being in the way.

    4) I paddled into the strong wind at the first shark cage. I then decided to hang out downwind. At the second shark cage I stayed upwind and allowed the wind to take me to the boat. This worked better.

    5) I then switched with Bob (tandem kayak). A plastic kayak is NOT easier than a V8. I wasn't going to tip, but it was actually more exhausting.

    I enjoy a challenge. In this case, my skill level was fine. Until the shark cages my mistakes were easily correctable. After that, my endurance was the issue. It was fun. Now, I need an aspirin and a scotch.

    August 3, 2014

  • Marc N.

    I ended up going to the end of the trip. For some reason I thought we were meeting there. I'm on my way up I'll be 20 minutes late. It's okay leave without me.

    August 3, 2014

    • Marc N.

      The GPS says I'll be there at 8.

      August 3, 2014

  • Marc N.

    Okay... I'm going, but 9 miles seems a bit. So far, I've only done 1 mile at a time, but I'm working pretty hard during my 1 mile. If it's a real easy paddle - it shouldn't be a problem to do a bit more. Still 9 miles seems like allot. The "downwind" aspect should drop workload. I just don't know how much.

    July 28, 2014

    • Bob

      It's important that you be confident on your ski in the open ocean - like outside the reef in Kailua. If yer not completly confident, remember, after we set out, and we are 2 miles from shore and the ocean is sloppy, if you don't have good stability skills, it won't be fun. The distance is one issue, open ocean skills are another.

      August 1, 2014

    • Bob

      We've got plenty of boats,and club members ge tthem for 15% off the regular rental rate of $65.

      August 3, 2014

  • Steve

    Not going to be able to make this one. Work is getting in the way. Hope to make the next one.

    August 2, 2014

  • Glenn C.

    Can't seem to change the RSVP to reflect a total of 12 paddlers going: 8 singles and 2 doubles.

    Please note!!!

    August 2, 2014

  • Karen N.

    Hi this is the first time paddling so I need another person tandem kayacking with me on Sunday. Anyone out there can go with me? Karen

    July 31, 2014

  • Stephanie

    I am a novice paddler. If a more experienced paddler would like to tandem please let me know

    July 21, 2014

    • Bob


      July 23, 2014

    • Stephanie

      I originally had somebody who was willing to switch shifts with me at work but now they have backed out and I can't find a replacement. I am off work for the paddle on the 23rd if you were also wanting a tandem partner for that one.

      July 27, 2014

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