July 6, 2011
I was just gonna paddle to the L41 from New Brighton, taking the low route and maybe surf a few small rollers somewhere along the way, but the closer I got to the Point the more I kept thinkin' I just might as well keep going. At the Point a few small waves were waitin' on a small crowd and Sewer Peak was capping over nice and easy, no one on it.
I think I'll find the channel I've heard so much about thinks I. Next thing I know I'm paddling up a broad opening in the otherwise prolific kelp beds, like driving a Lincoln ragtop limo on Inauguration Day. I couldn't resist. I followed the channel to a left turn at the edge of the massive kelp bed and cruised downwind all the way back to New Brighton.
It ended up being about 7.1 miles which is four miles more than I thought I was gonna paddle. So much for the short paddle. Another beautiful day in the Cruz. And I used to think straight up paddling was boring. I was missin' it. Not anymore.