You’re on Tybee time—even if you are paddling hard during the Sea Kayak Georgia symposium. Tybee Island is just one of those places where it’s hard to take a bad picture. These are from October 14-20, 2014. Click on any image to begin full-size slideshow. 🙂
The day before the symposium began, Sea Kayak Georgia hosted “Demo Day”— an opportunity for folks to try various Nigel Dennis kayaks under the watchful eye of…Nigel Dennis himself! (Can you say, starstruck?)
In case you didn’t know, Nigel Dennis (above) and Paul Caffyn completed the first-ever circumnavigation of Great Britain in 1980, having designed better kayaks for the occasion; and later undertook expeditions in Antarctica, Easter Island, and a televised romp around Cape Horn.
So, next time you rummage around in your offset dayhatch for a cookie or hop into your keyhole cockpit without bloodying your shins, thank Mr. Dennis—the inventor of both.
More scenes around Tybee. Click for full-size slideshow:
The other day, Jean tossed her kayak on top of the good ol’ Subaru and drove 840 miles to paddle none. That’s right—from New York to Tybee, Georgia, to spend five consecutive days rolling at the 2014 Sea Kayak Georgia Skills Symposium. She’s in expert hands: Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson of international Greenland-rolling fame! Assuming all goes as planned (i.e., Jean keeps breathing warm Georgia air vs. warm Tybee water), you can expect a nightly update on her progress. Below, the adventures of Day One 🙂
Cheri demonstrates the progression. After “capsizing,” she “finds the float” (shoulders square to the water, as if floating on your back in a swimming pool; paddle parallel to your shoulders and the water surface.)
Roll the hips (your boat will tilt partway up)
Engage your core muscles (abs) to slide your torso onto the back deck of your kayak.
Next, add a boat—but hold the water.
Here’s what it looks like on water:
Our turn! Jean and new pal Dee give it a whirl. Er, roll.
See you tomorrow!
We’ve paddled through salt marshes, lakes, ponds, surf, mangrove swamps, and rock gardens. But we never expected to paddle through a forest! Here are some photos of last week’s jaunt to Little Tybee Island, GA, where the sea is steadily (and eerily) reclaiming the maritime forest on the barrier island’s eastern tip.
A bonnethead shark is surprisingly curious about Jean’s kayak. (They’re usually timid and harmless—unless you’re a crustacean.)
See other bloggers’ interpretations of Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme, Unexpected. And if you’re seized by a sudden desire to poke around Tybee, GA, with us, more photos of last week’s trip are here. Or do it yourself and rent kayaks from our friends, Marsha and Ronnie, at Sea Kayak Georgia. Bye, y’all!