Super shallow conditions with many sandbars means there are a lot of opportunities to see the waves build up behind a boat. Shallow water doesn’t leave much space for the waves to go down, so it swells up and creates visible swell at the surface. If you have a boat wash riding off you, you can accelerate coming into these shallows and knock them off your waves, since these big waves are very hard to climb. If you can anticipate it and put your boat in the right spot, you can ride these waves (‘surfing’).
If you are being out-accelerated in shallows, you have a couple of choices: 1) move out on the first wave (So you are further to the side of the lead boat) and surf that wave in and up; 2) slide back onto the second wave, feel when it lifts your stern and then surf forward onto good wash riding again.
Today we will paddle upstream of the dock past the bridge and then downstream over the sandbars. This isn’t normally where we’d want to go when we go downstream, but gives us a good chance to practice surfing.
Another great opportunity to practice this is downstream by the Bessborough by the wake boats; practice feeling when the stern rises and then add some speed to catch that wave.