Ok, Ok, "surf" may be a bit of an exaggeration! How about "Launching A Kayak Through Waves"? About a week ago, I launched at the Charlaine Boat Ramp at Hammond Bay (across from Shack Island). Consistent with the 3 or 4 other times I've launched there, it was anything but "still" water. As reported in the the trip report in "Easy Kayaker", wind and waves are often to be found in this area, middays, in the summer. So it was with my launch; but this time, wind and waves were stronger than usual. I may not have noted the size of the waves had I not been embarassed -- not once, not twice, but thrice -- by them. Each time I picked myself out of the water just a wee bit wetter (to the point of 100% immersion). It was a warm, sunny day, and the water was great. Nonetheless, my ego was bruised and I hoped nobody but the couple in their Boston Whaler, who were having their own problems with wind and waves, noticed. Events like these have kept me seeking out placid places to launch. While on the east coast of VI, I gravitate to the Gulf Island basin and avoid anything north of Nanaimo. Surely, however, there most be a technique that will get me into the water, over the "surf", before I'm sent for a swim. By way of further information: I'm solo in a tandem Necky Amaruk. I sometimes wonder if the size and weight of my Amaruk just adds a degree of difficulty I might not experience with a single. Anyway, any tips on launching in surf or even moderate waves would be appreciated.