First offshore kayaking trips in my new W500, by Darcy Paulin

fishing kayak beached in Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Kayak Arrived safe and sound about 3 weeks ago, and I am enjoying it a lot.
I have taken the kayak out 3 times now.
The first time it was very windy and English Bay was pretty rough. I was far too eager to try it out so I put on my life jacket and went for it. The Kayak handled really well and was easy to adapt to. The Waves just off shore move perpendicular to the beach and so I tried catching them on my way to false creek. I never quite managed it but I had a lot of fun.
I was out for 3.5-4 hours and when I stepped out of the kayak at trips end I nearly fell over. I thought my legs must just be numb from cold. But for the next 2 days I could barely walk because the muscles in my legs were so sore. My arms an shoulders didn’t really hurt at all. I did not expect my leg muscles to be so affected and they still were 5 days later. 🙂

The second trip was a little less rough but still quite wavy. I Traveled across English Bay this time from Kitsilano to West Vancouver when I looked back I was surprised how far away Kits was. I beached for a bit, bought some pizza, took pictures of a Seal and then headed back. The next day I wasn’t sore at all which is bizarre. I assume it was the extra wave action that was responsible the first time.

Thanks again for the excellent Kayak. 🙂

Darcy

Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

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5 Comments

  1. fish kayak

    Thanks Darcy,
    Great pictures! The one with the harbor and highrise buildings in the background is my favorite, because the perspective in it is so unusual 🙂

    Your first trip was the equivalent of riding a wild horse for several hours with no prior riding experience , and that’s why your legs felt that way – It’s a tremendous effort.
    It looks like you got used to it pretty quickly 😀

    Yoav

  2. sea coyote

    fascinating account & spectacular photos
    sc

  3. fish kayak

    Kayaking in strong wind can be hard, and sometimes even impossible unless you know how to operate your W kayak in such conditions. The trick is pretty simple, and the W kayak is the only paddle craft that enables applying it, which is why W kayakers often find themselves alone on the water, while all other paddlers prefer to stay at home, or go shopping…
    Here’s an animation video:

    And here’s a link to the full article: http://wavewalk.com/blog/2009/07/16/w-kayaking-in-strong-wind/

  4. RoxCT

    Congrats on the New W500, it is a great yak for sure.

    I would say, the extra choppy waves and wind and the eager test ride,
    proved the W500 is made for rough waters.

    Sorry you over did it on that first test ride, but time heals all wounds. 🙂

    Tight Lines and MoPaddle Safe All.
    Rox

  5. RoxCT

    Thanks Yoav for putting up the Video about wind control
    while paddling.

    This will be very helpful for those New yakers and Old. 🙂

    Tight lines and MoPaddle Safe all.
    Rox

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