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PostPosted: July 16th, 2009, 12:26 pm 
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Joined: October 26th, 2004, 12:25 pm
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Location: The Netherlands
How many of you practise "surfing" and playing at sea on surf waves in a open canoe?
I mean like shown if following video / picture galery:

I have not much white water rivers close to home, and must travel at least 2,5 hours for the first class 1 / 2 rivers - but the sea is just 5 minutes walk from my front door...

How different is paddling on sea surf waves (often breaking) and on river whitewater?


PostPosted: July 24th, 2009, 10:09 am 
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Joined: February 19th, 2004, 9:53 pm
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Location: Atlanta
I've done it in a Moore Voyageur and in an Old Town Tripper. Something less ponderous and with more rocker would be desirable. Getting trashed in the surf is an issue.

PostPosted: July 25th, 2009, 8:35 pm 
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Joined: November 23rd, 2001, 7:00 pm
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Location: Coldstream, Ontario Canada
I live an half hour drive between to great lakes.....Huron & Erie.
Surfing on lakes is not much different than rivers, about the only difference is that on lake or sea waves your always moving further away down the shore line from your put in. :( Here its is in a nut shell......long smooth glassy waves like in the video.......long boats. Short steep breaking waves.....short boats. The problem being breaking waves, you need a decked boat to get out to them. Once you get out and turn around.....paddle hard to get up to the speed of the wave and hold on!!!! :D So would I take a short open play canoe out on lake huron when its breaking....not on your life, you're in for trouble, I paddle a C1 when the waves are breaking.


Al Greve South Western Ontario's canoeing specialist

PostPosted: July 28th, 2009, 10:51 am 
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Joined: January 10th, 2005, 3:03 pm
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Location: Wilmington, Ma
Lets see if I can get this right?
On a river the water moves through the wave.
On the ocean the wave moves through the water.
So you can get a good brace on the downstream side of the wave on the river but bracing on the shoreward side which feels like the down stream side in the ocean will sink your blade and roll you. In the ocean you want to brace on the off shore side usually.
Oh yeah and an out of control canoe full of water being surfed towards swimmers or other beach goers is a BAD thing.
All of the surfing I've done has been in a C1 or kayak. A deck is a good thing in surf.


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