I decided to take the Huki S1-R out into English Bay chop on a busy Labour Day.

Vancouver doesn't get much in terms of waves, so fowl wakes, random swells diffracted in off of the straight are the extent of things to play with. There was a ~5kt westerly yesterday afternoon, so I thought I'd give the chop a try after Tam's Triathlon.

In my paddle out to Jericho Beach and back, I noted a few things:

  1. The S1-R has a nice big rudder. This helps in getting spun when a wave starts pushing.
  2. Watching the horizon is a much easier way to maintain balance than watching the waves.

Fun. Now off to the Deep Cove Race this evening. I only brought my board shorts and flip-flops, so hopefully there won't be much running/swimming. :)