Lifestyle

Pushing Boundaries

XTRATUF | MAR 06, 22

IG: @errincasa
Meet Errin Casano- outdoor enthusiast and self professed boundary-pusher. She packed up her kayak and XTRATUFs to set out on an ocean adventure on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia where gnarly winds attempted to push her off course.
Errin hiking on top of a mountain

Hiking, trekking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, paddleboarding, camping — all the things. Adventuring in the outdoors is an opportunity to cut the noise and connect to self and with nature.

With the wilderness of beautiful British Columbia as my backyard, I’ve been privileged to experience so many amazing adventures. I’ve also been privileged to explore the outdoors with tough, fun, boundary-pushing women.

I packed up my XTRATUFS to step outside my comfort zone and venture onto the ocean. I had my mind set on a kayaking camping trip up the Sunshine Coast Inlet.

Although I grew up next to the ocean and am more than happy camping and hiking, embarking on a sea kayak is a whole new beast.

Errin's friend standing next to water and kayaks

We got up early to hit the ferry to the Sunshine Coast and were greeted by clear skies. Of course that didn’t last long. As soon as we got our kayaks in the water, we were getting pummelled by hail.

Errin's friend setting up the tent Errin standing next to finished tent

After a couple of hours in the rain and hail and a leg cramp or two later we made it to Nine Mile Beach where we set up camp. Cold nights were made a bit warmer by the campfire.

Errin and friend sitting on a log next to a fire water-side

The next day as we were headed out, the wind picked up and brought in some ominous clouds. When sea kayakers talk about conditions, they’ll usually have wind in mind because no other element affects you more. Wind shapes the surface of the water and dictates your progress across it. We learned that to be true.

Errin's friend kayaking in the ocean Point of view from Errin's kayak over looking the water with a mount back frop

But by the time we had packed up camp the wind had picked up significantly. We struggled to get into our kayaks as they kept getting rocked by waves and pushed back to shore.

Once we made it out of the bay we were batting headwind, large waves crashing over our kayaks, and crosswinds. There was no opportunity to stop and give our arms a break, we’d immediately get off course and had waves knocking us so hard that we were worried about rolling. The weather and the fact that we had to stay afloat. I unfortunately don’t have the photos to tell the tale.

I don’t often get scared in the outdoors but this was a humbling experience. After paddling for hours straight into the wind, we made it back to shore. It was exhausting. We ended up being totally fine, just incredibly tired, sore, soaked, blistered, windburned, and a bit rattled.

After this trip, I can confidently say I am XTRATUF.

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