Regular readers of The Peconic Puffin may be familiar with the dim view I take of launching at the Bowl, then paddling across Shinnecock Inlet for the privilege of SUP surfing at Flys (see The Trans-Channel Death Paddle. A few days ago Racer Ted sent this report of his stand up paddle experience @Shinnecock:
"Well I remember the Peconic Puffic writing an article a few weeks about about crossing the inlet with all the boats.
Today I took a female friend for her first SUP on the ocean. We launched from the bowl and she was doing great so I mentioned there are sometimes waves across the inlet opening and she was up for the trip. We went pretty far out, let the boats go by, and went for it. Most of the way across I noticed all these ripples in the water and realized there was a strong current. I then noticed we were getting sucked in even though it felt like we were making progress. I kept thinking we were going to make it but then I realized we weren't. I then told her we needed to flag down the next boat, only to see some huge boat coming right at her. It was the Police boat. They picked us both up and I told the guy I said we were flagging down the next boat and luckily it was them. He said don't worry someone already called and said you were getting sucked in.
Oh well she still had a blast and caught a tiny wave right at the beach before jumping off."
That's the spirit! Still...don't do that paddle. You can park at Shinnecock East and walk to Flys faster than you'll ever paddle it. I shall tell such a story tomorrow.