StrangeMagic wrote:"35 mph winds and 3 foot waves isn't much. Paddled in much worse." I am in awe of paddlers who can post statements like this.
The wind picking up the surface of the water and hurling it down the sound. The double behind being bowled over. Or paddling in 2+ metre seas (that's way over your head). Trying to punch into a metre high sea, all with white caps and not getting anywhere because the wind is too strong. Yes, been there.
Actually it isn't the size of the seas it is the wind that gets you. It then comes down to the right kayak and gear and the skills to go with them. Note carefully - SKILL. Yes, an experienced paddler might not find certain conditions too difficult but we're talking SKILL levels.
Now if you really want someone who shrugs it off Tara Mulveney (26 year old) is the one to read about. Supposed to come in one day off the coast of the North Island while circumnavigating it, too rough so stayed at sea for 30 hours. A sort of "Ho hum" attitude to some of that by her and the rest of us sitting firmly ashore in such conditions..