hey Ray, sounds rough! pina coladas and kayaking. The skills are definately transferable, I took the first surf class that Cal Adventures in Berkeley was putting together, it was all in Chinooks. I'd guess that 80% of the energy was used in rescues,good practice for rescues. Next year SeaTrek had a surf class all in Ocean Kayak SOTs. Much better. The instructor was from a ballet/martial arts/yoga! background so we did a lot of stretching beforehand. Good thing to do before heading into the surf.