I’m kayaking since many years but I still didn’t figure out how to easily get into my keyhole type, 21" narrow sea kayak on a beach, rocky shore when there are considerable waves due to the wind. Not huge waves mind you, say 25mph wind with 1 foot waves, nothing crazy. On the sandy beach I go knee deep into the water, perpendicular to the shore, use the paddle as an outrigger. I have like 2 seconds to “jump” into my tippy kayak before the next wave will throw me off balance. Even if I’m quick the seat will be wet.
It’s even worse with steep rocky shore as I don’t want to scratch my fiberglass kayak and paddle but the waves are pounding and I can only have the kayak parallel to the shore as the water is too deep.
Sitting in on the beach and pushing myself into the water with my hands would scratch the bottom I guess, never tried.
Should I just practice the outrigger type or there are better techniques?