Strange hobby? You betcha! But these videos started popping up on my Instagram and I can't stop watching. Before I show you the rest, here is some background on Haulover Inlet:
What is it?
Baker's Haulover Inlet is a man-made channel in Miami-Dade County, Florida connecting the northern end of Biscayne Bay with the Atlantic Ocean, at coordinates 25°53′59″N 80°07′26″W. The inlet was cut in 1925 through a narrow point in the sand between the cities of Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles.
Why is it so dangerous?
When swell tries to funnel into the inlet, particularly against an outgoing current, it can form dangerous standing waves. Standing waves seem to stay in place as the current meets the incoming sea, sometimes tumbling over on themselves. Often they span the channel.
Is it crowded?
Sometimes the most dangerous element in the Haulover Inlet is fellow boaters. Be aware of traffic around you, the inlet gets crowded and gets busy, often under poor conditions. If there is too much traffic, don't be in a big hurry to join the fray.
Who should attempt to pass Haulover Inlet?
Of more than 60 inlets in Florida, Bakers Haulover Inlet is one that requires clear local knowledge or just plain avoidance, say local captains?
^^All those elements combine for a wildly entertaining set of videos on the @wavy_boats Instagram account…
And there you have it. There's a billion other of these videos on YouTube and IG that you should check out if you're into boating. On to the next one!