Beautiful weather called for an early morning paddle, with Lt. Gelo and I both keen to get amongst the rocks. After a quick paddle from Sydney Harbour Kayaks to Grotto Point Reserve we discovered swell of between 1.5 and 2.5 metres hammering the cliff during a low tide. We paused and scouted out the area, looking for possible areas to get into the cliff areas and importantly areas to get back out, but came to the conclusion that the conditions were simply too dangerous for a pair of rock-gardening beginners to handle. Instead we decided to head back to Grotto Point where the tail edge of the swell was creating a nice little left hander breaking across rocks.
Neither of us are skilled as kayak surfers, but we did have wetsuits and helmets on so we weren’t too concerned about the rocks. The best bet was to get amongst it and see how we handled it, which is exactly what we did. Over the following few hours we practiced paddling through the break and across the rocks, and then slowly worked our way up to catching waves back in across the rocky point. Here’s a little taste of the fun we had!
Of course surfing across and through rocks has its risks. I put several dozen new scars into the bottom of my kayak, and a few more dings in my paddle. I slashed my finger open on some barnacles during a failed attempt at a seal landing on some rocks (which was funny in itself!). Regardless, both Lt. Gelo and I felt it was possibly one of the most fun sessions we’d had with a paddle since we started. Sometimes you just have to give it a go and see what happens – maybe we’ll see you on the water! Cheers – FP.
Sweet! “he’ll have fun! Fun! Fun! ‘Till daddy takes the kayak awaaaay!”. Was that Nat going by in what looked like a V8 in a couple of scenes? Also, do you have the camera mounted so you can pivot it to shoot pointing both forward and aft?
Yes Chuck, it was on an old mount I made some time ago which I was able to reach and swap the camera around from time to time. 🙂
Sean, what a great video !!! I’m sold. That’s something I am going to have a crack at one day. You make it look easy especially the way you wield that GP 🙂
Looks super fun!
Great to see you exploring the higher adrenaline side of sea kayaking. Hey, not too bad for a novice in the rocks and surf. Nice bracing and good catch of that wave were you pushed with your body to get going.
Would love to come down to Sydney and go out and play together (I hope that didn’t come out wrong 🙂
Hahahahaha, Gnarly you sleazy dog! 😉
If you ever get down to Sydney definitely let me know. I’m also planning on a trip north for Xmas so would love to go out for a paddle (or three) with you and the crew. 🙂
Don’t think I’ve ever seen you move so fast across the water FP, looks like you had it nailed, well done! 🙂
Hahaha, cheers Alan!
Looks like fun! Great music selection.
Great video! Good on you for knowing where your limits are and playing to live another day.