This past week, my fiance and I both purchased Oru Kayaks, which are folding kayaks so they are easy to store! After a few more trips I will write up a detailed review, but this Sunday we took them out for their maiden voyage!
The kayaks we purchased from Oru are the Bay ST and Oru describes them as:
On the water, the 12 foot Bay ST is fast, sporty, and versatile. It can handle many different conditions and landscapes, from smooth lakes to ocean kayaking. It's a closed cockpit, performance kayak that’s been tested on Class III rivers and played in 6-foot waves. Best for intermediate and advanced paddlers (but beginners with a few paddles under their belt will also love this model).
We didn't want to take them int the ocean for their first trip since this was our first time getting in them, so we took them down to Mission Bay In San Diego.
We were able to park on W Brianfield Drive (Google Map Link) and easily carry our Oru Kayaks to the beach along the bay to set up.
The bay "beach at this point of entry was a bit muddy as we moved from the sandy part down towards the water. TO be honest, it was a little gross on my feet as I walked in but I am more used to sandy Ocean beaches then mud when it comes to water. I spent more of my life around the ocean then near lakes with mud.
Maybe when the tide is higher it will be a "cleaner" entry.
Once we got a feel for our new Oru Kayak Bay ST we got moving across some fairly calm bay water and decided to head towards Sea World and see if we could see anything from the Bay. The morning started out pretty overcast but improved 100% for the second half of the trip.
The water wasn't to crowded in the morning, but there were definitely quite a few Jet Skis zooming around later on. If Coronavirus wasn't a thing right now and there were a lot of tourists in San Diego this could be a pretty busy waterway. Just be aware of your surroundings at all times when paddling here!
Eventually, we made it across the bay, and we could see one of the big show spaces fro Sea World! Sea World was oddly quiet and empty since it shut down for now due to the virus but this could be a cool spot to come back to in the future. You might be able to catch a small glimpse of one of their shows from the water!
We sat floating outside of Sea World for a little bit enjoying the warm sun that just decided to come out. Overall we spent a little over 2 hours on the water, and kayaked 4.5 miles! Now that we tested these kayaks out we can't wait to go on many more adventures and hopefully kayak camping once things open up more in the future!