Monday, 12 December 2011

The Usual Suspects - round the Stacks for a personal paddle

Saturday night and a quick chat it sounded like The Stacks could be an option. Forecast was W f6/7 overnight and then due to drop to f3!! Plan was to meet at Porth Dafarch and paddle out eddy hoping the bays, to ideally reach Parliament House cave for some lunch and then get the last of the ebb tide back ... before it turned. The morning saw what was becoming ... The Usual Suspects of ... Marcus, Barry & Justine.

There was some nice swell and surf rolling into the beach, so we made the most of it ... Marcus above

Photo above of me taken by Barry Shaw (thanks)

We then headed out towards Penrhyn Mawr, which had some big swell and boomers. Interestingly getting into Abrahams Bosum was for me the most challenging part of the day, with current flowing out of the bay, into wind and some significant swell ...deciding how far out or how close to keep it and watching the swell surging forwards ... i felt good and in control, but wished id gone for the longer paddles

At the back of the bay we moved in and out of the rocky channels, Marcus above with me in the back ground ...

I decided to hold ground while some big swell pushed through ... (both photos above taken by Barry)
At South Stack, with Barry on the left and Justine holding ground from a big hit ... I paddled round this one ...

At Parliament House cave, with occasional big sets coming in ... and a welcomed lunch break

... before jumping on the tide, with a few big swells pushing through (photo by Barry) ...
Running closer to South Stack, I attempted to capture the size of the swell ... mince pies and tea at Pete's shop summit to sea, finished off another super day ...

Justines Blog of the day can be followed here
roger chandler
L5 coach - sea

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