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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

Kayaking

Tybee Creek Waves

Nov 25, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

There is a large sand bar at the mouth of Tybee Creek. The sandbar and 60F warm ocean water were what attracted us to Tybee Island. Prior to hurricane Mathew in 2016, the sand bar was an extension of the beach. People would walk out at low tide and then get stranded as the tide […]

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Posted Dec 29, 2017

Up and back Jack’s Cut

Nov 24, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

We had achieved three of our goals for the trip: turkey, dolphins, and surfing for my parents. Isaac still wanted to paddle my Mom’s skin on frame kayak, and Tyson and Isaac wanted to surf. Friday’s weather looked good for Isaac to paddle Grandma’s skin on frame. We needed somewhere protected but interesting. The small, […]

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Posted Dec 19, 2017

Tybee Rough Water Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

Thursday morning at Tybee was raining and 55F. Magic seaweed predicted 2.5′ waves at 9 seconds with 10 to 18 mph winds from the northeast. Rough conditions, but with the wind onshore and high tide mid-morning, we decided the sandbar at the mouth of Tybee Creek was a safe play spot.

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Posted Nov 29, 2017

Surf the new Rebels at Seabrook

Oct 1, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

On their own, my parents are flat water paddlers. When they visit, I push them to play in ocean waves. This time I also wanted to demonstrate what their new kayaks could do. Magic Seaweed predicted 1 to 2 foot waves with 9 to 10 second period at Hampton Beach. Just right for a beginner […]

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Posted Oct 11, 2017

New Rebel Greenland Kayaks with Cheri and Turner

Sep 30, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

It was raining down in Connecticut, pouring really. And a few bolts of cloud to cloud lightning flashed above New London. But this was the day Cheri and Turner had chosen to demo the Rebel kayaks. My Mom had just bought the smallest of the Rebel Greenland line — the Naja, almost an exact replica […]

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Posted Oct 5, 2017

Surfing at Jenness Beach

Sep 24, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

It’s fall and the tropical storms are passing by New England. Jose left us with sunny skies, 2-3 foot swell, 80 degree air, and warm water. A great day for surfing. The parking lot at Jenness Beach was packed, and the water was carpeted with black neoprene. We drove past the beach to Rye Harbor. […]

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Posted Sep 25, 2017

Getting Isaac Back to Kayaking

Aug 13, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

“Mom,” Isaac said, “I don’t want to go kayaking in Maine.” He had been asking to go all spring. “But” I said, “what about the big waves?” What about my dreams to taste salt spray again? He frowned sadly, “I don’t like kayaking.” We had overdone it. Safety first had driven all pleasant thoughts of […]

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Posted Sep 7, 2017

Contoocook splash

Jun 11, 2017
Author Emilie Phillips

We are still working to get Isaac comfortable in the water around boats. This weekend Tyson suggested doing exactly what he did as a kid to learn boats and water safety. Go to the beach at Tyson’s grandparents’ house on Lake Contoocook. Get out the family canoe. Play around in the water with the canoe […]

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Posted Jul 10, 2017

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