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In the Water with North Island Kayak

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There are a lot of activities you can do on Tybee Island, but one of the best is to go kayaking. We decided to take my brother, who happened to be visiting, as a surprise present for his birthday.

Lighthouse Kayak

We arrived early at North Island Surf & Kayak, on the interior border of Tybee Island. The shop’s owner was out-of-town, but his parents had come down from Augusta to manage the place. They were a friendly couple, possessed of that southern tendency to immediately warm up to complete strangers. We enjoyed long conversations both before and after kayaking, and before leaving at the end of the day, we all got hugged.

We spent the whole day out on the water, paddling up the Lazaretto Creek which flows inland, and then into the ocean. It was a wonderful day, the highlight of which came when a dolphin surfaced just ten feet from my kayak. Being outdoors on a perfect, warm fall morning, exercising muscles that haven’t been used in years… it couldn’t have been better.

The kayaks can be leased for the whole day, and are of good quality; despite being total newbies to the sport, none of us were in danger of capsizing. The shop is perfectly situated. You can choose to go upstream, paddle over to Fort Pulaski, or just coast along the coast of Tybee. They also offer day-long guided tours. If you’re in the mood for some action, check our North Island.

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Savannah Derby Devils – Insanity on Skates

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One night, we decided to check out a Roller Derby match between Savannah’s own Derby Devils, and the Cape Fear Roller Girls. I had only been familiar with the sport from the 1980s program RollerGames (Saturday afternoons right after American Gladiator), and Jürgen had never seen it at all.

Tough Roller Derby

The sport practiced by the Derby Devils has absolutely nothing to do with the pro-wrestling-like circus I so fondly remembered. These chicks play for real, and I was shocked by the brutality of it. A couple hits could have made a seasoned NFL pro cry for mommy. Watching the girls bob and weave their way to the front of the pack, barely dodging the massive hip of one of the opposing blockers, made for a heart-pounding spectator experience.

It was the last match of the season, and the Supergoose Arena was packed. Savannah really gets behind their Derby Devils. Fans tailgaited for two hours before the match, and much of the audience came equipped with signs to cheer on their favorite players, each of whom is known by an awesome stage name like “Fear Abby” or “The Sexecutioner Jr.”

Unfortunately for the home crowd, the Roller Girls of Cape Fear were the superior, larger, and much more terrifying team. But the final score was secondary to the fun which everyone was having. And any misgivings I might have had about the authenticity of Roller Derby have vanished. These girls are real athletes.

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November 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm Comments (2)
In the Water with North Island Kayak There are a lot of activities you can do on Tybee Island, but one of the best is to go kayaking. We decided to take my brother, who happened to be visiting, as a surprise present for his birthday.
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