Did one of my classic paddles in Japan, lap around Enoshima Island from Hayama. Felt good to get a long paddle in again.

Total Distance: 11.67 miles
Duration: 03:01.25
Average Speed: 3.9 mph
Max Speed: 5.1 mph


Household goods arrive and got the Chatham out in Japanese waters. Man I've missed this kayak as it's so smooth going through the water. Figured out the parking at Wadanahama Beach and had a nice paddle South into Aburatsubo Bay

Kayaking feels so different in Japan and I definately miss it.

Total Distance: 6.66 miles
Duration: 01:46.49
Average Speed: 3.7 mph
Max Speed: 5.5 mph


Very windy/choppy paddle but got to see the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) return from Sea Trials. Not as close as I normally get to the CVNs like in the States, but felt like being extra cautions being in a foreign country!

It was tough making it out at first with the long lines of fishing boats heading out into Tokyo Bay, but eventually made it out just in time. Also paddled a bit in the protected harbor after seeing the Reagan come in.

Total Distance: 6.52 miles
Duration: 02:13.58
Average Speed: 2.9 mph
Max Speed: 5.4 mph


First trip back in Japan with the Pakayak showing up in my unaccopanied baggage shipment. Ended up being a really short/quick paddle as the parking situation at Wadanahama Beach was confusing and didn't want to get a parking ticket.

It was good getting back to the water as I forgot how beautiful kayaking in Japan was.

Total Distance: 2.76 miles
Duration: 00:39.52
Average Speed: 4.1 mph
Max Speed: 4.7 mph


Last race in the US for quite some time... worked out well as it's right before all my stuff gets packed out to Japan. Ben joined me in St. Paddle's Day 2024. Beautiful day for a race as I placed 2nd in kayaks (although mostly SUPs in the race). I pushed hard as I couldn't lift my right shoulder after the race!

Total Distance: 6.58 miles
Duration: 01:12:47
Average Speed: 5.4 mph
Max Speed: 6.6 mph


Going away camping / kayaking trip with Jon and Jeramy. Camped on Jeramy's property off of Guillemot Cove on the Hood Canal. It was a super calm day on the canal as we paddled south to the Hamma Hamma River, shared a pitcher of Potlatch IPA at the Hamma Hamma Oyster Saloon, and paddled back. It was the first time I've paddled up to a place for a beer which was awesome (and I'm sure we all looked cool in our bright yellow drysuits, haha). Also really cool exporing a part of the Hood Canal I've never paddled before.

Camping was good too which included an awesome bonfire...a camping must.

Total Distance: 18.19 miles
Duration: 05:29.25
Average Speed: 3.3 mph
Max Speed: 5.1 mph


Returned to the Skokomish River from Union and took the other river route through the estuary at high tide. Launched just before sunset on a beautiful brisk February morning for a nice paddle, a little breeze on the canal on the return, but can't compain!

Total Distance: 7.14 miles
Duration: 01:47.32
Average Speed: 4.0 mph
Max Speed: 4.6 mph


Knocked another one off my list -> paddling around Protection Island off of Sequim. Launched from the Gardiner Boat launch in Discovery Bay and Protection Island was cool to see up close; the launch spot made it a perfect 12 mile-ish round trip distance. Lots of wildlife and the tall cliffs to see on the island.

Total Distance: 12.39 miles
Duration: 02:54.50
Average Speed: 4.3 mph
Max Speed: 5.3 mph


Cold kayaking as it was 18 degrees at launch and warmed up to a balmy 22 degrees later. Met up with Jon and Jeramy as we launched from Lions Park and paddled counter-clockwise around in Dyes inlet. Had to break through ice in a few spots which was pretty cool. Also stopped for a quick warm snack break near Jackson Park. Good paddle for the new year.

Total Distance: 13.90 miles
Duration: 03:40.26
Average Speed: 3.8 mph
Max Speed: 6.5 mph