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Is Skookumchuck worth it at 9-10knots?

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  • #4818
    Mike Palmer
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    Anyone know if Skook would be worth it at 9-10 knots. I am in Van for a few days and wanted to check it out. Also do folks think there will be other boaters there at that level? Planning on going Sun-Mon.

    Thanks.

    #30582
    heardman
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    i’ve only paddled it at 16, which is fairly prime and even then there we not to many of us there, maybe 10 max. I was told horror stories of lines of 40 peps, i doubt that you have crowds at all, and maybe not even a companion?

    #30583
    boot
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    Pretty sure it wouldnt really be worth it, I imagine that if you did go you would likely be alone. I think it would be worth it getting up over 11, If you are around for awhile, I thinkl starting next friday it will be a good level at a good tie in the day, but there will likely be many people there…maybe see you there

    #30584
    Phitty
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    Ive paddled Skook at a 10.5, 13.5 and i think 12.? peak, so it would have built to that point, and you could paddle it still. Fror what I rember there is a small wave there at most levels.

    In fact, when it is lower the wave is kinda cool because you can see the kelp flapping and the rock shelf underneath.

    Anyway, 10 knots is the normal "minimum" level i think, but it is still a really cool place anyway. And you may luck out, and have it all to yourself if the tide is a little low.

    #30585
    davidstibbe
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    10 is borderline the surf pile won’t be around for very long, lots o green. I think 10.6 is the lowest I’ve ever been there at and it was ok

    #30586
    stew27
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    you would definetly need a faster, planing boat if the tides are a bit low

    #30587
    Brendan R
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    Don’t worry about paddling alone, just got back from a trip with easily 20-25 people in the line up and 15 in the top eddy once she greened out

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