Tuesday, 21 June 2011

A day on the Llyn & Surfing at Treadour Bay - North Wales sea kayaking courses

Bespoke sea kayaking, this time a private two day course for Keith, building on the weekends experience and in particular 3 star skills and paddling other sea kayaks. Keith had mentioned that he was keen to paddle on the Llyn and with a super blue sky forecast, Trevor was our destination. From my experience leaving Trevor and returning is a much easier trip, as there is big car park, toilets and means no shuttle saves about 1 hour! Similar distance from Menai Bridge, to Church Bay on Anglesey.

Keith below and what a stunning start ... even more so as we paddled round the corner at 1000 in the morning, to meet an otter ... my 1st in Wales!

The coastline is very varied with short cliffs, small spires and the occasional cave, as you round the corner your soon into it.

The coastline soon begins to increase in scale and has a remote feeling to it.

One of the big beaches with the National Welsh Language Centre, Nant Gwrtheyrn behind me, with a path down to this beach, a a lovely cafe, with super views. Penrhyn Glas the steep headland at the end of the beach has a large sea bird nesting colony, so its worth going when the birds are about, but keep out so as not to spook them. Porth Dinllaen in the back ground.

We paddle around the far headland watching the birds and then turned and cut back across the bay, making our way back to the start.

One of the coastlines other inhabitants!

The 2nd day was working on swell, surf and paddling 3 different sea kayaks ... the Delphin and Scorpio form P&H and the Romany S from NDK. 1st up was the Scorpio and Keith with a solid low brace.

Riding in the Delphin and managing to harness some of its playfulness!

The Romany S, with further good reddening and low braces.

and a super last run in, from a steeper wave and as straight as a die, with a great stern rudder and body rotation.

Overall Keith felt the p&h seating layout was more comfortable, but the foot room some what more restrictive, favouring smaller feet & wetsuit boots. Both the Scorpio and Romany S otherwise scored similar for handling. Thanks to Pete Barrs, www.summittosea.co.uk for the demo kayaks.

Lovely contrast of days and a well done to Keith. Its great when you see and feel the results of time in your boat, in a dynamic environment such as surf!

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