Editorial [36]

This is the last issue for this year and I hope to see you all at the rock and roll weekend. Heres your chance to complain about the editor. For those unfamiliar, it’s the big social-cum-learning event on the NSW Sea Kayakers Calender.

Paddle leashes in the surf

I haven’t had many letters to the editor so I am hoping to make a statement that may get some in. I have heard two quite different points of view about paddle leashes in the surf, both from experienced kayakers.

One states that you should never use your paddle leash in the surf it just too dangerous. It can easily get caught around your limbs or neck leaving you attached to a kayak being dragged along.

The other states that you should always have the leash on in the surf. If you paddle and kayak get separated there’s no way you can get them together to attempt a recovery.

I am interested to hear if anyone has any opinion either way, or have had an experience that made rethink about leashes.

Our magazine is getting far these days and we getting requests for some of our articles from as far away as Chesapeake in North America. We trade newsletters with quite a number of clubs and the friendliness of Sea Kayaking community make it very easy to swap articles.