I’m moving north of LA (Cali that is) in a couple weeks. I am an expert flatwater canoer and intermediate small water surfskier (as in waves less than 2’). I also paddled OC1 and OC2 in waves up to 3-4’ on occasion when the sound really got rockin, but it’s hard to get in trouble in an OC so I don’t really count that as bigger water experience.
I have no real ocean experience, though I did live on Long Island sound for a year and have a basic understanding of currents and such.
To those of you familiar with the waters north of LA, what should I know? I’ll probably use my canoes in the harbor and take my Stellar SR out for out-and-back ocean paddling. I will start paddling with a couple people in the area I met on surfski.info, so will have some experienced teachers to show me the ropes too, but am curious about what you have to say.
I figure I’ll need a wetsuit? How thick? Farmer John style ok? Any dangers I should be aware of? Does the wind change suddenly? Currents? Etc.
Thanks for any insight!