Sunday, October 3, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I caught this Shiner first. They have been feeding on huge schools of minnows and often get trapped in the grass after high tide. On the next cast after this picture was taken, something sucked this guy off my hook
I kept trying to catch the Perch that are all over the place but they would only strike the lure but not take it.
I caught this baby Bluefish a little later in the day.
Shortly after I caught a baby Striper and that was the last fish I caught though the river continued to be active well into the outgoing tide.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The swim has gone well and we are moving on to the rest of our day. Rentals are strong and I have a private coastal instruction. We head to East Beach. The seas are up, Allen's Pond is emptying and the client is ready for the challenge. I love introducing people to 1-2 foot seas. It is all about decision making, alternatives and pushing boundaries/skills. The SUP team is competing in a race around Aquidneck at the same time (they finish in just under 12 hours).
Sunday Team OSKA is at it again. Renters and more are ready to get out and enjoy the day. Caffeinated, I am set for another class. Adam, the pro from Greenland is joining me for a Basic Strokes and Rescues class. It is supposed to be out front at the Gooseberries but the wind is a little high and people are fishing where I want to be so we switch to the harbor.
The water is clean, fresh and incoming. The students are excited and ready. We work on skills and experience as we travel to Canoe Rock for lunch. We are all having fun. Lunch is short and it is time for the rescues so we hop back into our boats briefly. The wind is up and changing direction, the harbor choice is proving perfect as is the sandbar we are training over.
The class continues up the West Branch to Adamsville. The students are exhausted but happy when we get to the van. The tide has turned and with the wind they were able to see how it effects them and learn they are now capable of handling it. The shop has been active and of course there is a dog named Blue visiting for the day.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Migration is starting to happen. Hot as it may be and hard as it is to admit there are few weeks of summer left, one of the better times to be on the water is here.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The Herring Run Race took place on the Mystic River. Will and I did the 12 mile course and Ami and Rachel joined the team with Mimi on the 3 mile course. All of us were real fast even with the stiff head wind.Way to go Ami and Rachel on your first race ever!
The next race is June 12 at home here on The Mighty Westport River East Branch. Following that Will and I are doing The Blackburn Challenge. That is a 20 mile race around Cape Ann. July brings the Aquidneck Island Circum-Navigation 38 miles. We are going to do that one as a relay. Last year I solo'd that one but I want to share the pain with friends...
We are also planning a down wind run from Block Island to Little Compton. A full moon run of the Elizabethan Islands. Also a Run from Westport to Nantucket Island. Stay tuned for our adventures.
Times:Charles River 19 mile
Time:Charles River 6 mile
Times:Mystic River 12 mile
Will~2:54;00 2nd(un-official time)
Ami~ 1:19:00 2nd
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I was starting a little earlier than planned and had to step towards the nose of the board to ensure the fin cleared the bottom until I reached the channel. A fisherman reeling in a Striper and I nodded to each other. The sun soared into the sky and I started hoping for a little wind.
The incoming tide slowed my progress but once I hit the harbor it pushed me along well enough. The North/East wind was strong enough to cool me down as I passed the 88 bridge on schedule. Music thumped in my ears. My iPod sat in my backpack piping out the tunes that kept me motivated. Hix Bridge soon passed as did my first wind. I dug for my second one and was thankful the breeze was light.
The shop came into sight and I breathed a sigh of relief. 12 miles finished and another 12 to go but it was time for lunch and a rest.
Friday, April 30, 2010
So there I was... just home from a day at the shop when into my driveway rolls Brian Day! He was cruising in the P&H/Pyranha rig looking something like a huge multicolored hedge hog, boats sticking out everywhere. We sat down to plan out the next few days. What do you want to do? says I. He comes back with, lets go boatin. The surf was up and so was the wind, Do you surf? I asked. not yet, he replied. Lets go! I think he might still be trying to figure out what just happened. He had a great time, going down the line and cutting back in no time, the waves were perfect. We stuck him in a Watertech 666 a fast forgiving IC boat and cut him loose. Mike was on scene coaching from his SUP, I was trying out a new to us surf ski, the Infinity Stinger, which was great fun and we had an incredible day. In the afternoon we changed locations and I got back into my Lucifer, love that boat! from the sound of it Brian is about to retire from river boating and take to the surf, he left here a changed man. Sorry Jim.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Having dropped food and gear at the shop I power through lunch and get my kayak ready for the return trip. Time and tide wait for no man. I’ll be fighting the wind on the way back and I’ll have another tight schedule. Muscles are tight and my shoulder complains at being pressed into service again. I can almost feel the twinge as the morning sun floods my office through the blinds. The kayak slices through the water faster than the board glided over it and I find my pace quickly.
I see Hix for the second time. The wind has swung to the SE so I am fighting it. I drop my head and dig in. Soon the 88 Bridge is passing over my head. My body is protesting. Static office life is not conducive to this effort but the gym is paying off. My breath is labored and my breaks are lasting a little longer than I prefer.
The outgoing tide makes getting into Adamsville a little more difficult. If I take too long there will be no water at the landing. Even so, I make it to my truck. Lifting the boat onto my roof will be a task, I’m tired.
This is the plan anyway. Perhaps I will actually be able to accomplish what I am setting out to but either way it will be me, music and the water. This time I will apply sunscreen to the backs of my hands.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Turning onto a tree lined street, memories surface of racing through commuter traffic to my first class of the day music cranked on the tape deck. Yesterday one of the students taught skills in the fashion I experienced when I first started kayaking. Times have changed and the skills are approached differently but I smile in nostalgia. There is progress in my current teaching techniques. Carl's have advanced as well and there is more to respect about his abilities.
The Dresden Dolls are covering "Pretty in Pink". I barely passed Economics and Business Math twenty years ago at the South Campus not 200 yards to my right. There is a little more pride in how yesterday went. I can only find 2 times when what I said was more superfluous than I prefer. My poorest decision of the day was ignoring the little voice that said the back of my hands should get sunscreen. They are red with a burn.
Walking into Whole Foods, I hear Modern English singing "...I'll stop the world and melt with you." I am happy with how my past and present are blending.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Warm sun at the house didn’t quite prepare me for a sea breeze at The Landing but I should have known; it’s March. Surprisingly the water was not that cold all things considered as Carl and I jumped on the boards and headed out for some exercise. The breeze and chop didn’t slow us much as we headed over to the rocks off of Brigg’s, wind swell pushing through made for some fun close in. Small waves pushed us to shore. Carl ripping it up, me…I chose a more sedate course in.
I need more days like this.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Changing into trunks and walking into the hot, humid pool area doesn’t kick off any of the adrenalin I normally feel while teaching. That doesn’t hit until after Carl’s intro when my focus crystallizes on the task ahead. Someone is pushing their limits today and I get to be part of that. This is way too much fun.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A long and busy 09' season followed by the holiday hubbub left Carl and I drained and ready for some quality downtime so, we hunkered down in LC for some well deserved R&R. We have dubbed 2010 the year of the seal since, most days have included stand up paddle trips around Sakonnet to play with our sea dog buddies & cruise the coastline. We've also had some good sleddin', plenty of beach walks, and a couple of good ole fashion brush burnin' parties. The Ladd residence is getting some overdue maintenance and TLC that should keep us busy through the rest of the winter.
Groundhogs Day is the signal for us too to crawl out of our winter den. Unlike Phil, we have to get going now to create another year of paddling adventures and good vibes. February kicks off our 2010 season with Pool classes scheduled every Sunday afternoon in Providence. Be on the look out for The Rhode Island Surf Kayak (RISK) Session to happen on one weekend this month. We'll keep info posted on our website and you can also check out www.kayaksurfers.com as wave forecasts will determine the specific day of the event. Even if your not a surfer this is a great event to watch from the beach. This years RISK session will be at South Shore beach in LC. Hope to see y'all there!