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Topic: Tips for stair landing sws  (Read 584 times)

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Eddie

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Thursday looks like high tide at 12:30pm.  What is the m.o. for stair landing besides timing and jumping off and dragging up kayak out of swell in 5 seconds flat?
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I'd stay out until 3 PM  :smt001

There might be some beach left at 5.6 at noonish but not much.
But you'll still need to make it to the stairs.

Timing, Timing, Timing

Have your GoPro running  :smt003
« Last Edit: December 03, 2017, 07:45:50 AM by Cabeza de Martillo »
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I'd stay out until 3 PM  :smt001

There might be some beach left at 5.6 at noonish but not much.
But you'll still need to make it to the stairs.

Timing, Timing, Timing

Have your GoPro running  :smt003
GoPro humor...dang...I'm a lil' scared...sharks...stairs...wind will pick up by three but at least I'll be all puked out by then.  We'll see....thanks :smt006
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I try to land on what little beach is there and not directly onto the stairs.  That can damage the yak to easy. 


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skateboarders knee pads and elbow pads and a full-face motorcycle helmet. the bicycle riding helmets provide no protection for the jaw. hope this helps :smt001


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What about launching? No Beach water up the stairs jump in kayak and slide down stairs right into water?
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What about launching? No Beach water up the stairs jump in kayak and slide down stairs right into water?
Paul
I'm guessing get as close to the edge as possible with foot grounding and throw out like a surfboard and mount while paddle ready to move, not sit in danger zone and working it...must launch out...I have no idea...
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What about launching? No Beach water up the stairs jump in kayak and slide down stairs right into water?
Paul

You got it.....be careful you don't want to eat it at the base.

Keep in mind there are large rocks scattered all around that area.

It's no joke....remember it's OK to just not go.

Safety First!

I don't like scrapping up my yak so I time it and stand in the water and then jump onto my yak as Eddie described. But I'm a diver and am in a full wetsuit.

It's worked a few times but its sketchy as fuck.

Jim loves posting his pre stair launch pic Im sure he'll post it.

Not for the timid.....
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The waves coming in are powerful.  Awesome force. My arms tightening up just thinking about paddling out.


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It's OK not to go.

Safety First buddy!

If you go make sure all you gear is tied down solidly.
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I saw a couple guys launch a small aluminium boat off the stairs it was pretty crazy lol. They carried down the boat and the outboard and took off


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It's OK not to go.

Safety First buddy!

If you go make sure all you gear is tied down solidly.
Very true.  I got rolled pretty hard once and snapped my paddle in half.  DidnÂ’t even look bad.  ItÂ’s all about timing as the bigger waves come in sets. 

Or you can just sit out and enjoy the scenery like CDM said.  You donÂ’t want to end up on YouTube as the what not to do guy.
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About a month ago I stood on that "ramp" and a voice in one ear said, "Maybe it isn't such a good idea to launch, it's already over the stairs and it's going to be higher on the way in. And look at those swells, sure, they're pretty small, for surfers, but they are constantly rolling in, no real breaks."   The voice in the other ear said, "Oh you've launched here dozens of times, sometimes the tide was as high, though maybe not the surf, and there's a tiny patch of sand there that will probably still be there when you come in.  It's great fishing, and nothing in life is without risk; it's not real choppy out there, go for it."
   So I did, I was able to get the yak down off the stairs to the side and launch form the sand. The fishing was crap; the swells were little foothills, and I tried everything, and after a while I figured that there was no point in delaying the landing, and I might need a little extra time.  So I headed in, and stowed everything valuable and tried to time the swells, but, again, no real let up.  There was a tiny piece of sand to the side of the stairs that I aimed for, and rode a knee-high pretty well for a few seconds before the death turn and roll started.  I bailed out in thigh-high water and fell down as the kayak headed for the concrete, so I sloshed up and grabbed it on the water side, only to have another swell turn it so I was on the beach side; another wave, and I'm doing the "From Here to Eternity" roll in the sand hugging the kayak, which flipped on top of me after banging my shin pretty hard.  I finally got it under control and on my feet, dragged it up to the bit of sand, collected a few loose items like my lunch and bait coolers, then sat down on the seawall and panted for about 15 minutes. 
    It took me a good 45 minutes to get all my stuff up the ramp, and then I basically threw the kayak on the highest stair next to the railing, let it bang and scrape until I  got up above it and dragged it higher, adding some new scrapes to it.   It took me two days to get that very fine sand out of everything I was wearing.  The kayak had about a gallon of sand in the wells, and a little even got inside, though none in the reels.
   
   
     
         


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About a month ago I stood on that "ramp" and a voice in one ear said, "Maybe it isn't such a good idea to launch, it's already over the stairs and it's going to be higher on the way in. And look at those swells, sure, they're pretty small, for surfers, but they are constantly rolling in, no real breaks."   The voice in the other ear said, "Oh you've launched here dozens of times, sometimes the tide was as high, though maybe not the surf, and there's a tiny patch of sand there that will probably still be there when you come in.  It's great fishing, and nothing in life is without risk; it's not real choppy out there, go for it."
   So I did, I was able to get the yak down off the stairs to the side and launch form the sand. The fishing was crap; the swells were little foothills, and I tried everything, and after a while I figured that there was no point in delaying the landing, and I might need a little extra time.  So I headed in, and stowed everything valuable and tried to time the swells, but, again, no real let up.  There was a tiny piece of sand to the side of the stairs that I aimed for, and rode a knee-high pretty well for a few seconds before the death turn and roll started.  I bailed out in thigh-high water and fell down as the kayak headed for the concrete, so I sloshed up and grabbed it on the water side, only to have another swell turn it so I was on the beach side; another wave, and I'm doing the "From Here to Eternity" roll in the sand hugging the kayak, which flipped on top of me after banging my shin pretty hard.  I finally got it under control and on my feet, dragged it up to the bit of sand, collected a few loose items like my lunch and bait coolers, then sat down on the seawall and panted for about 15 minutes. 
    It took me a good 45 minutes to get all my stuff up the ramp, and then I basically threw the kayak on the highest stair next to the railing, let it bang and scrape until I  got up above it and dragged it higher, adding some new scrapes to it.   It took me two days to get that very fine sand out of everything I was wearing.  The kayak had about a gallon of sand in the wells, and a little even got inside, though none in the reels.
   
   
     
         
Thanks for the story.  Very vivid and detailed.  No stair landing for me on Thursday.  We will fish someday.
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A fell down as the kayak headed for the concrete, so I sloshed up and grabbed it on the water side, only to have another swell turn it so I was on the beach side; another wave, and I'm doing the "From Here to Eternity" roll in the sand hugging the kayak,
         

Tom that is  going into my Big Book of Best Kayak Fishing Quotes.

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