This looks cold and wet

Coming from the East Coast, where the water is warm (and the women, warmer), I can’t imagine voluntarily getting near the ocean here.

Cold on a good day, numbing on most, those that swim or surf cold Pacific waters make me question sanity. Those that just kayak the Bay also.

Has anyone done this – kayaked on the Bay? Was it wet, was it cold, would you do it again?

You’ll have to tell me, because I’ll not do it the first time. I like my water time in rowboats on rivers.

The Bay looks way to big, choppy, and full of currents to make a kayak day fun. I see much paddling against the sweep-you-to-Hawaii current or wind chop soaking you in seconds.

Worst of all – life preserver tan, if its sunny.

3 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:58 am

    my sailing friend keeps reminding me: if you’ve sailed on the SF Bay, you’ve sailed everywhere. We get all types of currents and winds. So yeah, it may look awful today, but tomorrow may be like glass!

    I want to go kayaking- but I think in this weather you’d have to wear a wetsuit. I’ll just wait until summer!

  2. cd (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    Jason did it once – didn’t you Jason? (if he reads this)

  3. Jason D- (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    Yeah, I did it. It was incredibly tough (mainly because I was hung over as hell) but my back brace in the layak broke so I had to paddle a mile against the wind in very rough water, hung over and basically doing a sit-up ever time I had to paddle a stroke. I lost about 5 pounds in just a few hours and when I got on the train to go home I fell asleep in about 3 seconds. It was a neat experience paddling under the Bay Bridge alone but I’ll pass on doing it again until I’m in better shape and sobered up. And also on calmer water with no speed boats. Especially when the guy who’s running the damn thing almost capsizes you with his own motor boat as he guns it to go check on other kayakers.

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