Learn to Kayak and experience this serene and thrilling sport
I am spending the weekend at Neah Bay along the northwestern nose of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, in a sea-kayaking course called, ominously, "Introduction to Rough Water." I am pondering one final run, out through the surf zone to the Pacific swell and back, in an 18-foot fiberglass banana that these waves can toss like a Popsicle stick. The surf has been building all afternoon; I don't want to go. But an inner voice nags: carpe diem. Today I have the expert coaching of Leon Sommé and Shawna Franklin, two of the Northwest's top sea-kayak instructors. But next time, I'll be on my own.