In the Surge

A kayak is the perfect craft for experiencing the dynamism of the outer coast, as the sea rises with each incoming wave to fill in the shoreline, then drains back out again out as the swell passes by.

It would be easy to get swept onto the rocks, but fortunately, huge bull kelp beds provide a relatively calm zone, damping down the swell a bit so that you can get in close, where it’s still dynamic but much safer. There, you can feel the rise and fall and hear the suck and surge as the water rushes along and through the rocks, and it’s almost as if you become a part of the swell yourself.

I took this photo off the Tribal Group on BC’s Central Coast, on one of the rare sunny days we experienced in the summer of 2011.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer and writer focusing on nature and the environment

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