Weather or not to get out

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This week has showcased how nasty weather or the constant threat of nasty weather can have a disastrous effect on people who live outdoors and the forecast doesn’t look much better.  While water temps slowly rise out of the winter freeze, we need all the sun that we can get.  Camping becomes a a game of ‘chicken’ with thunderstorms.  A run on a favorite trail becomes a stain removal video on your DIY Youtube channel.  For many, cabin fever will set in and we will go outdoors anyway.  There are, however, some essential tools to make this weather cooperate with our new dependency on wearable gadgets.

If you’re like me, I don’t suit up, go out, or pack up without my GPS, phone, wallet, or camera.  I’m also not a rich man and can’t afford to constantly replace these things but I refuse to let the weather ruin my weekends.  Luckily, we try to keep to shop stocked with tools for your adventure.  We have basic dry bags, DryCase back packs (my personal favorite), a huge assortment of discounted spring wetsuits, and plenty of warm threads.

Flashback Friday: Autumn Paddle on Back Bay

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Photos by Shaun Devine. Words by John Streit.

This set of photos flashes us back to our current season — autumn — a few years back for a photo shoot in Muddy Creek for our Surf & Adventure/Ocean Rentals annual guide book. Fall time on Back Bay is a special time of year when the brisk, cool air ushers in golden tones as the leaves change color and the sun takes a lower angle toward resting in the west. The vibrant, lush greens of summer give way to the straw hues of plant life gone dormant until their annual springtime resurgence. With pleasant air temperatures and the water still warm from ample summer sunshine, there’s arguably no better way to enjoy our region’s secret season than renting a kayak or standup paddleboard and striking out on your own Back Bay adventure. Or, allow us to show you the unique flora and fauna of the watershed on a guided tour for added insight!

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Tight Lines & Good Times: Kayak Fishing Tours

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Photos & words by John Streit.

As our other kayak tour options have been busy this summer, the same can be said for our kayak fishing tours! We’re stoked to offer this unique outdoor experience in some of the best fishing areas our region has to offer: Back Bay for our freshwater tours and Rudee Inlet for our saltwater tours. A recent trip out to one of Back Bay’s true honey holes saw an ideal scene for pursuing largemouth bass, the world’s most popular freshwater gamefish. Thick, healthy beds of aquatic vegetation called Eurasian water milfoil blanketed the reed-lined cove — the perfect cover for these voracious ambush predators. The presence of these grass beds is a great sign that our water quality is top-notch, which translates to ample fish populations as well as an overall good bill of health for the Back Bay watershed. Our trip saw plenty of action with steady hits and a nice, lively catch (and release!). Enjoy these images from our latest fishing trip on Back Bay and click this link to sign up for your fishing tour!

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Group Lunch Box Kayak Tour with FRG

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Photos & words by John Streit.

There’s just something special about leaving the city hustle behind for a couple hours by paddling off the boat dock at our 577 Sandbridge Road location. The ever-present sounds of the town are replaced by the serene songs of redwing blackbirds and wind blowing through the reeds as you paddle further into Sandbridge Marsh. It’s hard to believe you’re still well within Virginia Beach’s city limit as you see osprey soaring overhead and minks inquisitively swimming around your kayak. Yet, it’s all right here, just minutes from the parking lot of Surf & Adventure Co!

These were the scenes that unfolded on a group Lunch Box Kayak Tour with the Family Readiness Group on a recent, sun-drenched, summer afternoon. There’s arguably no better setting for a team building or family bonding event than becoming immersed in the nature that we’re so blessed to have back up to our property. Paddling our double kayaks requires a bit of teamwork, so the activity lends itself well to building a sense of mutual reliance with the your paddling partner. The breath-taking transition of maritime forest to marsh to the open waters of Back Bay offers the paddler a true cross-section of our region’s back water ecology.

A Lunch Box Kayak Tour is just one of the many way you can take advantage of this awesome natural treasure. We offer many other kayak tour options, as well as rentals off of our boat dock starting at $25 for departures between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with a final return time of 5 p.m. for the day.

Enjoy these glimpses of the FRG Lunch Box Kayak Tour. For more information on group tour discounts and to book your next group outing, call us at (757) 721-6210 or shoot us an email at surfandadventure@gmail.com.

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