So, what are the exact recipe for this condition ( the wave condition)? Anyone know that? Seriously. We all want to know.
Anyone should know that exact recipe, specially the people who thinks these kayakers are just idiots.
I ask this question, because it just dose not make sense to me that all those coaches at this event who are all capable of teaching coastal paddling missed the point of " mouth of a bay with sand bar is one of the most dangerous place to be in a kayak or any boat.". One of our coaches thought it is a good place to do this class has been this place many times and still missed that point. Ebb happens 2 times a day, spring tide happens 2 times a month, 6-10feet swell happens on the coast all the time. And no one predicted this condition?
If anyone thought there could be dangerous like this, someone would have mentioned it, (well, as it turned out John Walpole did it but not firmly.).
I believe everyone including this author who had bad feeling about this place thought " it can be messy hard job to do, but they will work it out and will be fine at the end." And the condition became a lot bigger than everyone imagined.
So what made this waves so big? What are we missing? I took a look at a boater's guide about this place the other day, and it basically says "entrance of this bay has shallow bar which is more suitable for surf board and kayaks."
It looks like the sleepy dragon suddenly woke up.
I have been talking with my practice group about this, and one of the helpful comments is that the shape and location of the sand bar changes quite rapidly and it might have contributed the fact."
Also, all the suggestion about group management, risk assessment, coach's duties are spot on even from my student's eyes. Hope all the instructors have chance read about this.
This is a great learning opportunity. If I did not have this incident, someday, I might have taken somebody there on casual session. In fact I really wanted to go back to this place after spending fun time here 2 years ago in similar forecast ( big tide exchange, 6 feet swell day), or I might have thought it is a good landing spot for my imaginary coastal trip.