I agree on the wave timing and coming in on the back of a smaller wave. I do the same unless trying to surf.
Watch the sets before heading out. Count the timing between larger sets and gauge their size. There is normally a lull after each set. Same on the way in... hover at the outside and start in on the back of the last of the bigger wave set. You should be able to get through the impact area this way.
If a wave catches you from behind... dagger and fins up can help you avoid a hard turn ending up broadside to the waves.
I fish out of LaJolla frequently on my Revo and PA. IMHO, these yaks while superior to others are not intended for beach entry/exit when the surf is up (over 2-3). I have been doing the beach entry's for years and have donated, even when strapped down quite a few of my personal resources to the sea gods! I now have a TI and will not attempt to launch in the surf. I think it is an expensive accident waiting to happen. Not enough bow lift, etc. get sideway's in this beast and your done. Just my .02. Anyone out there interested in a brandnew 2010 Red TI? It's only been used twice.....just not my cup of tea! Make ya a hell-of-a-deal. If you are interesed, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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