Got back from Florida yesterday - While there I took my bag boat out for a spin and launched in a well protected lagoon that had an inlet to the ocean.
It was interesting how waves wrapped around the tips of the inlet and how the waves became very confused and choppy at the mouth. The mouth to this protected lagoon was maybe 300-400 feet across.
What I didn't expect was large breaking surf about 1/4 mile out from the mouth of the inlet. Everywhere else along the beach the surf was breaking just off shore. Because I was alone, and the wave breaking off the mouth of the inlet was nasty and dumping, I paddled back into the lagoon and surfed a few of the smaller waves.
Question: Is this somewhat typical? I've read of similair things near the mouth of a river and the ocean. I had been once told that passing through an inlet into the sea was an easy way out, but I found it much more intimidating than if I had lauched from the ocean side beach. Maybe I was just too intimidated by dumping surf so far from shore. The shallow water near the inlet seemed to cause the waves to be much more aggressive than further down the beach on the ocean side.