I find the conversation on this thread about solo paddling to be very interesting. The idea of censorship on various internet sites is troubling. The reason could possibly be a fear of legal liability and that is, in itself, is a sad reflection of our current society. Other issues are also at play.
I love solo paddling and will never stop...that being said the older, wiser and more experienced paddlers have a real responsibility to properly inform other paddlers about the risks of going solo and the practice techniques, etc. to use to slowly become a confident and reliable solo kayaker. I think Strange Magics comments are sincere and well founded.
Like many kaykers in Canada I began my first solo trips on the water as a boy in a canoe. The most famous canoe paddler in the history of Canada is the late Bill Mason (The Water Walker). He was an artist and outdoorsman of the highest quality and went on long solo journeys on the 'big water' often. In his famous film 'Paddle To The Sea' he addressed the solo expedition question in a fascinating segment. He talked about how many people often told him to never go solo for long periods on the big water.
Upon further inquiry he discovered that these same people had never actually gone solo and dismissed their concerns after giving them the intellectual weight that they deserved.
Isn't it interesting how other people always try to direct the actions of others even though they actually don't know what they are talking about? Sometimes even governments and 'know it all elements' from kayak federations get involved! Luckily Canada is still a free nation. Long live solo kayaking...long live freedom!
Note: 'Paddle To The Sea' is freely downloadable from the National Film Board Of Canada Website. Highly recommended! Look and learn?