So I'm looking back over the last couple years and it looks like I spend very close to 500 hours a year on the water except for this past year. I do not track the mileage at all, but I'm wondering if I did, could I paddle 1000 miles in a year?
Day trips for surfing take a lot of time with about six hours of driving and four hours of surfing. I'm really whipped at the end of these coastal day trips, but I have no idea how many miles I paddle during them. I expect it is not a lot as I'm often paddling backwards as much as forwards.
In the winter I only paddle about 15 hours a month and we don't go very fast when we are all bundled up. in the summer I paddle 3 or 4 times a week, but I'm not sure I'll be in town for the after work paddles with my new job travels.
I think this year I'll try to keep a written log of each paddle and see just how far I get and how many hours I spend.
Another thing that always surprises me is the lack of paddling done by paddlers who have far better skills than I. I must be a really slow learner. The last two years
I've met some incredibly skilled whitewater paddlers who usually paddle once a week at most. I think I will take a page from their book this winter and try to attend some pool sessions to see if I can learn to roll.
Below is the boat I've been using most the past two years. I completely redid the bottom last year and painted it a second time. Now it looks like it has a thousand miles of scratches on it and I think I'll just keep buffing it out with logs and rocks and sand.