Sat 08/02-2014 Day 590

Kourou beach


Through nasty surf to Kourou

Pos: here
Loc: Kourou
Acc: tent
Dist: 28,9 km
Start: 6:50 End: 12:50

It started all so easy and nice, despite rain. Low wind, nice beaches along with sand, then mud upfront, but calm water. Two mudfields to negotiate and to head straight out. Then the last 10 km were pure surf paddling when the coast became more solid again, not too high, just nasty. No reason to paddle out, as it looked once again endless. Closer to Kourou, I paddled inside a row of fat rocks on high tide. The beach became all sand just before Kourou, and the surf raised accordingly. I was sick of it and took the first beach spot where I saw some humans. No, actually the first human I saw was a naked man walking along the remote part of the beach before Kourou… I stopped at a spot with two SUP paddlers and two surfers. Good playtime for them, nasty job for me to paddle and land in the surf an hour after high tide.

But once I was landed, the nice surfer girl, Lucy, came curiously up to me, asked me “What is this?”… “a kayak…” and we chatted a bit. Later when I had put up my tent Lucy invited me for a shower while her boyfriend Ben was guarding my tent and kayak. Merci! There is nothing like a proper shower… still my skin was blooming a nice red rash as I urgently need an air conditioned room in Cayenne. This humid heat and salt water is nothing for a healthy skin!

Launching on low tide should be ok here, even better with hopefully lower surf. I am aiming tomorrow for a beach about 40+ km along, and am hoping I will be able to land there about 3 or 4 hours after high tide. Continuing to Cayenne the same day would be quite a distance and me arriving probably in darkness, not sure what I’ll do when it is all mud upfront and the sand lurking high up only 🙁

If I can land, and can get off again on low tide, I will arrive in Cayenne on Monday around high tide. If not, we’ll see…

5 comments on “Sat 08/02-2014 Day 590

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Wow Cees thanks for the reality check.
Black flies, Horse flies, Deer Flies, Noseems, Mosquitoes of Ontario can only give us a taste of what she is up against.
The sun is as fierce as ever.

Good to see you near Kourou, and even heard a rocket launch the ones we can even see in Paramaribo. Randall has no idea what it is to present bare skin to the sun nor the bugs down here! LOL.
So paddling from Trinidad (where Tea and I are now) down to Cayenne, prepares you for Cayenne- way passing the Amazon delta- Take your time to recuperate in full in Cayenne! There will be a lot more mud ahead…. we keep looking at your blog with keen interest. Wishing for less Tradewinds for you!


God Randall you tell it the way it is.
In a crowded world it is a pleasure to don your cloths in a secluded spot and just be!
Well Freya it sounds like there are nice people coming your way in two days. Hopefully someone will step up and house you so you can recover.

Randall Lackey

Glad to read the scenery is improving,nudist and surfers.I love a nude stroll along a nice beach myself.Enjoy your night.Rest Well. Safe Paddling.

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