(06-08-2013, 05:07 PM)Blather Wrote:
(06-08-2013, 05:02 PM)IAMI Wrote: The Coast Guard has looked for me before. Now I tell them when I'm going out.
I use a whitewater kayak out on Lake Michigan because of the frequency of the waves. It's not like the ocean at all. A half mile off of shore in rough water will put both the bow and stern under a wave on a 17 foot sea kayak. Once you're on a wave, you need to turn using a hull with no edges or chines. So, in Lake Michigan, whitewater kayaking is exploding.
The Jackson pros came to where I live and filed this. I'm going out to where this was filmed in 2 hours. The lake is flat today. No waves where they filmed. Nice calm, sunny ride.
No problemo, it's a lake if you wanna take risks, try some tricky river currents, you go out on the ocean, you're on you're own. there is no obigation to help you, you took that risk.
The risk that I take on the interstate in a car is far greater. I'm trained and physically fit. I have all of the safety gear and can swim miles in rip current. I also have flippers tied to me in case I need to swim to shore. Full drysuit for the cold water.
Nearly all wind surfers, surfers, whitewater kayakers, and kite sailors on Lake Michigan take safety precautions.
Tricky river currents? That's next week.