- Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:11 pm #1817219
Maybe all you experienced BTB folks already know this. This might help the newbies if I can translate my actions into words here. Anyway the other day I was paddling back in and almost came very close to turtling. I was at high island and the wind was a south wind. I was paddling north to get back to shore. Winds were atleast 15 mph. I always try and stay perpendicular with the kayak in relation to the waves . I also let the waves carry me in and only focus on preventing turtling once I get inside the breakers. As I was riding one of the big waves back in my kayak started turning to the right. I immediately put my left side of paddle in the water on the left side of my kayak . All off a sudden my kayak straightened out . The paddle was acting like a brake. So the trick is to put the paddle in the opposite side until the nose of your kayak is straight. If the waves turn your kayak right, put your left side of the paddle down in the water to get it back to the center or vice versa. Since then I have used this method and it has worked for me everytime so far. I am sure there will be a wave that will kick my arse and show me who is boss. Hopefully this method might help you reduce your future turtlings. I hope I have explained this , or atleast I have tried. Just my 2cents. If anyone has more techniques please feel free to post. see yall out there and be safe.