It took me a year and a half, but I finally got up my courage to get the kayak out into the actual ocean.
I launched from the boat ramp in Cambria, which is somewhat protected from the heavy waves and so is easy to jump into the kayak from.
Just off shore are lovely kelp beds.
I did a quick circle of this rock that is just visible from shore.
But my kayak isn't built for the ocean (it's not a sit-on-top) so when the wind and waves picked up, I headed back into shore.