Saturday, 05 December 2015 16:43

Playing in the Waves with the Marine Police

My buddy Erik and I were out for a short paddle in Toronto this morning and had a funny experience.
The plan was to go out the Toronto Harbour via the Western Gap then out and around Ontario Place (8.6km).
Paddling just south of Ontario Place one of the marine police boats went by us on a regular patrol. After it went by we did a bit of surfing from catching the waves from the boats wake. Just then the boat did a 180 and came back our way. The cop sticks his head out of the boats cab, "hey, you guys want us to make some waves?"
So we spent the next 15 minutes playing around while the police boat drove around us. Pretty sure they loved it as much as we did.
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Erik in the Waves

Here is a small collection of photos from Saturday’s gale windstorm kayak paddle in the Western Gap of the Toronto Harbour.

It ended up being a great day to be on the water as the temperature was a balmy +2c (35f) and the SSW winds (which were blowing at 25 gusting to 45 knots) made for some really rough conditions.

The Western Gap is a favourite location for us when the wind is out of the West as wave energy gets trapped in there jacking them up considerably higher then the surrounding shoreline. It’s bad for sailors but great for us.

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In these photos the wave heights is average four feet with many of them at around six to eight feet. The real monster stuff which we steered clear of was in the 12-14 foot range.

This was a really nice change from the terrible paddling conditions this fall/winter so far. Except for a handful of days, we have had pretty much had no wind since October.

Sadly, no photos from in the mess of things as it was way too scary. I was forced to shoot only from a rickety dock that ended up being almost as scary just trying to stand up on...

Here is the slideshow:

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