North Carolina, where I currently reside, is a paradise for water lovers. People flock here from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, to enjoy the abundance of boating and fishing opportunities offered by the state's Outer Banks, barrier islands, sounds, marshes and rivers, as well as the waves and surf of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Paddling sports are especially popular in the state, and growing more so. Pam Malec has addressed the need for a good pointer to the area's best coastal paddling spots with her indispensable book, Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina; The Best Day Trips and Tours from Currituck to Cape Fear.
Malec outlines 35 kayaking routes, each with detailed directions and maps along with estimated round-trip times and difficulty ratings. She also provides tips on nearby sights, places to eat, and so on. This information is accompanied by evocative black-and-white photographs of lighthouses, town waterfronts, bridges, wild ponies and windswept dunes.
As I live in the central part of North Carolina (known as the Piedmont), I do most of my paddling at a nearby lake. The first time I went to the coast after buying this book, I leapt at the opportunity to put my kayak into the salt water and to follow one of Malec's suggested tours – which happened to be the trip from the mainland to Bear Island and Hammocks Beach State Park. The route was exactly as she described (right down to her warning about how changeable the tidal current is in that area!). I'm looking forward now to going back and trying some of her other suggested routes.
Pam Malec had been kayaking for more than 25 years at the time this book was first published. She is considered one of the leading authorities nationally on surf kayaking, and she wrote the curriculum for one of the top recognized surf kayaking instruction courses.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina is published by The Globe Pequot Press of Guilford, Connecticut; ISBN # 0-7627-0817-4.
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