Wave Play 2019

November 15, 2018



We started with a basic question: when do we, who are both students & instructors, start using all this training we receive? When do we apply it in real life situations, but do so safely? Our answer: while playing in the waves in well-explored features, with highly trained instructors and students.


In 2018 Rob and I worked to develop a series of paddling trips in the vicinity of Southport, North Carolina. This location offers ample open water, tidal rivers, shoals, inlets, and waves, lots and lots of waves. We can find tide races, clapotis, standing waves, dumping waves, and best of all, long period green swell with gently spilling tops. That last kind of feature is the long boat surfer’s dream ride.


Helping us develop our program was Brian Stevens, a Coastal Advanced Open Water Instructor (L5) who lives in Southport and is an enormous source of both local knowledge and academic education in the coastal environment.


These trips were designed for those already surfing, offered ample opportunity to play, with the addition of an instructor safety net. These events were “guided self discovery.” Instructors not only performed duties as guides and rescuers, but could also assist the students in gaining skills, with tips and feedback, when so desired. We were also able to address specific student requests.


These events were not scenario oriented. There was no agenda beyond self discovery and wave play. The rescues performed were real rescues. Many of the rolls were combat rolls. We placed an emphasis on taking existing skills learned in other classes and applying them to real life situations. We know from student feedback that we were successful in our endeavors.


In 2019 we plan to repeat our series of 8 to 10 weekend workshops, with some additional instructors. Occasional guest coaches, like Dawn Stewart, will join us, adding variety. Other potential guests include James Kesterson, Walt Mayo, and Joey Schott.


In preparation for next year we are offering a program package of $595, for instruction, on sale before January 1, 2019. After January 1, the price will rise to $650. This package allows students to take advantage of  up to 6 trips to Southport in 2019. Pick your dates, with fall back dates available.


We will arrange group housing, with students sharing bedrooms, or not, depending on their budget. Housing fees are separate from instructional fees and will vary with the seasons, and availability. We will make every effort to keep it reasonable.


Included in the Instructional Package:


-Occasional invitation only trips, typically long weekends where we travel to locations such as Long Island, NY. We have two or three trips in the planning phase.


-Intro to Rocks and Currents classes on the Potomac River above WDC, allowing students to gain confidence in environments similar to what is readily available up north. Those training events will offer a limited number of plastic touring and crossover boats that we can transport to the events for Package students. They will occur monthly, or more often, but are dependent on river levels.


-Access to private and semi-private roll coaching, 2 sessions per student. Want to work on your combat roll or scull? Schedule that session with us.


-As always, any class, workshop, or private lesson may be booked with us “ala carte.”

Wave Play workshops will run $325 this year.

Rocks and Currents events are scheduled when the river level is right, usually monthly from April through November. $60 per event, $85 including loaner boat

Roll coaching, two instructors, is $60 per hour. We suggest sharing these with a friend as rolling can be exhausting.

Private skills lessons are $35 per hour.


We look forward to seeing you on the water and sharing a fantastic 2019 full of challenges met and conquered.


With much respect,


Capital City Kayak


Randi Kruger

ACA Coastal Open Water Instructor (L4)

ACA River Instructor (L2)




Rob SanLuis

ACA River Instructor (L2)

ACA Safety and Rescue (L2)




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