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« on: October 02, 2009, 08:56:48 PM »

a friend joined me for a paddle out to one of chicago's water intake cribs just over two miles off shore out in lake michigan.

here's a link to the gps track of the trip that day...


blue camo vff's at the crib...


what a breathtaking view!
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009, 10:20:17 AM »

6 miles? That's gotta be a workout!
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2009, 11:02:29 AM »

looks fun though! I've surfed, but never stood up and paddled. Do you ever catch waves?
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009, 12:17:40 PM »

conditions were exemplary so it was an easy paddle. the crib is the intake for the city's water supply so security is high. you do not want to get caught too close to that thing. we didn't stick around too long because it wasn't too long after we arrived before we could see the coast guard cutter looming off in the distance.

it's real easy to catch waves on these big boards you can pick up the smallest bumps from pretty far out. that being said we had over head waves last tuesday after one of the longest flat spells in recent history. wednesday was classic too, i must have caught over 20 good rides and the water was warm. we usually get our best waves out here in during the winter.


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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2009, 01:15:52 PM »

Wow, those are waves? They kind of look like ice chunks/snow. Cool. Do you have a waterproof camera?
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009, 01:36:36 PM »

yeah, i was getting the ice feeling as well.
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2009, 01:59:56 PM »

I'm like 99% sure that's slush on the water.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2009, 02:03:18 PM »

Yeah, it does look more like ice. I woudn't be out there unless I was a polar bear. Wink Brrr!
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2009, 02:20:47 PM »

you guys are right, that's ice that moved in (rather quickly) making it quite difficult to get back to terra firma. the waves wouldn't break when it jams up like that but if there's any ice on the surface when a wave peaks, the chunks come 'a flyin'. it's pretty deceptive because those bergs are a few feet thick. it could crush you if you got caught between them, and has an uncanny way of holding you under.

here's something a guy wrote up here in chicago.
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2009, 02:35:08 PM »

Iceburgs? Remind me of the Titanic. Glad you got back to solid ground.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2012, 04:57:50 PM »

Sry for digging that up, but I just had to shout out in here :-)
Just tried standup paddling - it's a great training for balance and especially all that muscles we barefooters use as you constantly have to counter balance waves etc.
All my friends are almost not able to walk the last two days while I just felt a little tension the day after - best proof of how degenerated our muscles become in regular shoes!
Total recommendation for a barefoot sport!
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