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Ocean '17

When: Friday, August 25, 2017
Where: Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Rd
Swansboro, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Christopher Rezac

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Ocean '17 will take place from Hammocks Beach State Park. From the parking lot, we will take our kayaks, camping gear, and provisions for Friday night through mid-afternoon Sunday, and load and launch our kayaks from the kayak launch. There is a marked paddle trail to make our way through the salt marsh to Bear Island. From there, there is about a half mile hike to the campsite. So bring a pack to backpack your things to the group campsite. We will provide supper on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please bring all other food and drink provisions for yourself to keep yourself happy and energetic for a couple of active days. The campsites are near the bathrooms, showers, and even a concession stand facility on the island. We will have training and paddles catered to differing skill levels - in the salt marsh creeks, Bogue Inlet, and on the Atlantic Ocean. So whatever your current comfort level, a regular ocean sea kayak surfer, or if you are simply aspiring to become a more competent sea kayaker able to handle a wider range of conditions, this event is for you. We will have the ability to keep you in protected water to match your development level, introduce folks to smaller waves inside the inlet, or venture out of the inlet to paddle the ocean. As always, the weather controls the ocean's moods, so we don't know exactly what that will look like until we're standing on the beach. Groups will be divided, and go out with instructors based upon their skill levels and needs.

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