Yeah, when I heard the news report Bernie and I went right to the phone to tell relatives in Edmonton it wasn't Bernie! The guy was the same age and there's a bay here called Telegraph also.Sorry to hear he's dead. Geez, weather conditions matter, people! Let's be safe out there.
Let's keep a little perspective: Outfitter's deal with insurance companies and beginner kayakers, so "better safe than sorry" is a mantra with them. The guy's partner made the paddle across the channel--although he left his partner behind. So obviously he wasn't all that well trained, and the dead guy clearly wasn't either. Had they ever done any recovery practice? I strongly doubt it. I do suspect that this was naivete meeting intermediate paddling conditions. And, like gravity, the ocean usually wins.