Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Monday, May 28, 2007


The "Eierlandse Gat" between Texel and Vlieland is a notorious and treacherous place. More than a few Dutch sea kayakers can tell chilling stories of near epic trips trying to navigate across the bar from the sea in rough conditions. The shallow bar between the two islands makes for very confused seas on even moderate swells. I have so far only been here 'passing through' as part of trips, carefully avoiding all the rough stuff.
Today, Karien and I paddled out to check this area for play spots. The day before we scouted the area with binoculars and found potential tide-rips at certain times of the tide; tide-races to play in? With the current neaps we found only a tiny race running, but further out a more interesting feature developed. Wind and waves over tide over a flooded sand spit created very confused seas. Waves from different directions running into each other, kicked-up even more by the opposing flood current.
If based 'on-island' this is an excellent 'park-and-play' spot.

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