Storm to end all storms

It was around this time last year when a young man made a very poor choice. Above is a graphic representation of all hell breaking loose. Winds exceeding 30 knots,

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Peter Dougherty Lake Michigan Kayaking Fatality

First, our deepest condolences to Peter’s family. I called the Wisconsin, Port Washington Police Captain Michael Davel who was involved in the recovery of Peter from Lake Michigan. I wanted

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On Shore Wind Bongo Surf

I headed out to the lake last night for a surf session with onshore winds 20-30 knots. Waves were about 5-7 feet, but very confused. I tried using the surf

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Sea Kayaking South Manitou in a day

It’s 8am on Cannery Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s me, a chain smoking heavy equipment operator, and nobody else. He says that no overweight tourists will be at the beach until about 11, and he wants to lift the cannery up off the ground before they get there. By the end of the day, my body and physics degree will both agree that the crane and I have each expended about the same amount of total energy. To which my liberal arts education replies, “but I have been across the sea.”

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The types of surf breaks

This image of different types of breaks does a fairly good job of explaining how different breaks are formed. The type we see the most often on the Great Lakes

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Lighthouse for Sale

At the end of August I wrote my first post, about paddling to Ile Aux Galet (Skillagalee) island, which started out intimidating but turned into a ton of fun, surfing

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Sea Kayak Trip Report from Ile Aux Galet

Ile Aux Galets (Island of Pebbles), aka Skillagalee, is a very small island about 7 miles offshore from Cross Village, near the NW tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula.  The island

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Full Moon Paddle Lake Michigan August 5th

Where: Dog Beach 13 Ave Put in South Haven. View Larger Map When: August 5th 2009 8:00 PM. Distance: Up to you. What to bring: Some form of Coast Guard

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Full Moon Sea Kayaking South Haven

How many times have you kayaked under the full moon? How many times have you paddled a sea kayak under the stars on the Great Lakes? How many times have

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20th Annual WMCKA Symposium Guest Speaker Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen co-owner of Sea Kayaking Cornwall visited this year to instruct and speak. Jeff came a day early to give an instructor update for the WMCKA instructional staff. The

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