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Skookumchuck Tidal Rapids · Sat. Aug. 27th - Sun. Aug. 28th

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Organized by: Charlie Beard.

Start: Saturday, Aug. 27th
End: Sunday, Aug. 28th
Pre-trip meeting location: Email faff.

Skookumchuck tidal narrows hosts one of the best freestyle kayaking waves in the world. Located on the sunshine coast, Skooks hosts an excellent wave with great potential for pulling big aerial moves. As the feature is tidal, it rises and falls gradually, providing a slowly changing feature. This trip will involve powerful water and participants should be confident on moving water and have a solid roll to avoid taking 'The Tour', a long paddle around the downflow section of the rapid if one misses the service eddy.

On the Saturday, a 14.20kt max flood rate is forecast. This is about as good as it gets and might even be a bit fast to surf. I propose we catch the wave on the way up and the way down on the saturday, then explore some of the coastline or local creeks on the sunday when the wave is not in action.

Here is what UK Rivers Guidebook have to say about Skooks:

"Twice a day, in an obscure sea inlet hidden off the coast of western Canada, a small miracle takes place. As each tide rises, the water flows faster and faster over a submerged bedrock ledge. A wide wave mysteriously emerges from completely flat water. The wave grows in size until it forms a huge foaming pile with steep shoulders and easy eddy access. This is the stuff of playboaters' wet dreams and sure enough, they converge from all around the world to pay homage to this perhaps not-so-small miracle. The miracle goes by the name of Skookumchuck Narrows. Skookumchuck is a Chinook word roughly meaning, 'big water'. Ooh yes, it's lovely."

Posted: 2011-08-19 15:53:37
Last modified: 2011-08-29 09:04:35