|Ryan gets tossed in the Delphin Surf 150|
As I drove north over the course of three days, I was able to spend a bit of time with the crew of www.saltwoodpaddles.com/ in Portland, and hang out with good friends Mathew and Bridgette in Seattle. I was really impressed with the smell and feel of spring as I passed into Oregon--a unique pungency brought on by all the new leaves, the humidity, made more beautiful by the many birds celebrating a new season on light and warmth.
I happened to return during some big tidal exchanges, so it was only natural to check in with my friend Ryan, and hit up the favorite spot.
|Preventing evaporative cooling during a break!|
Things got pretty decent as the current increased and the predicted wind from the southwest built, and within two hours after slack there were some nice 5-6 footers.
|Over the falls? Overfalls.|
We had launched from a different area this day, so had an exciting paddle back with a huge ferry glide, and another violent overfalls all against the 20-knot wind. After playing all day, it was a push to get back. We both acknowledged that we tapped our "limit of adequate reserves"--something that has, and will, get paddlers into trouble. As a coach, I scolded myself for not practicing what I preach, and acknowledged that if we break our own rules, an incident will inevitably occur.
In this case, we only suffered some sore core muscles....