When the conditions are just right, I hurry to the beach in the morning with my kayak.

From the picture, you can see that my preference is low tide and a VERY calm ocean.

It seemed ideal as I started out over the small waves. Yet I was surprised by the breaking waves much father out.  Fortunately, I was able to turn the kayak into one of the especially large waves in time to avoid a wipe out.

My main goal is to mingle with the dolphins.  Saw several beyond my comfort distance (the REALLY deep end of the pool).  I paddle parallel to the shore; within a reasonable swim if I run into trouble (like that earlier rogue wave!)

The other challenge is the return to the beach.  Today, I was able to control my ride in and willingly dismount 😉

Hey, this may not compare with the Olympic trials…but I left the beach proud of my kayaking success.

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