I woke up very early this morning and decided to take my Epix 18X for a spin. I had been practicing rescues and rolls for a week or two and just had the need for speed. After a short stack of pancakes at The Capri Fish House I headed out.
This is a great place to paddle fast but still enjoy the scenery. Although I love the summer heat down here, when you get that first cool day it really makes you want to get going. I use an Epic Mid wind paddle that I just love. I have learned to roll this boat with a wing paddle but it takes regular practice to keep the roll tuned up with a wing paddle.
Anyway, paddled hard and fast around Cannon Island, a popular run with the local paddlers club down here Paradise Coast Paddlers Club. I really enjoy paddling this boat in the "racing" position, that is, knees upright to allow for full rotation down the spine.
This area backs up to Rookery Bay but you are launching into Johnson Bay. The Capri Fish House opens at 7am for paddle fuel!
Exit 101 of 75. Take Collier Boulevard to Capri Boulevard to 203 Capri Boulevard. Free launching there
It is pretty easy to find your way around as long as you don't explore too deep into the mangrove tunnels