Saturday, 25 January 2014

Advanced Winter Sea Kayaking

Last weekend the winds settled down and the sun came out, just enough and as I had a Bespoke days sea kayaking and a weekends advanced course, all was looking good.

Friday I worked with Zoe out form Trearddur Bay in a chunky swell, but a light bf 4.  Manoeuvring and some work in the surf.  The Bay has changed in the storms, with the last 10 meters, or so of the beach being much steeper now.  This means either side of high water, about an hour, the surf is much bigger. By the time we came back the surf had settled down and allowed some work on leaving a wave, to be practised.  Great day out.

On Saturday Jon, Tracy and Andy were up for pushing there skills and Gethin was along to observe me coaching.  Plan was an A-B trip for Moelfre on the East, to Ynis Dulas and then round Point Lynas and making the most of a forecasted SE wind ....

We did a run through the race at Point Lynas, and Jon took a good hit and shook it off casually ...


And as the winds picked up we worked more out of the race, attempting to catch the fast swells that pushed through ...  Andy and Tracy below.

Sunday saw a beautiful blue sky and we decided after coffees, to go for the Stacks, form Soldiers Point.

North Stack was playful, although at times a little messy.  Parliament House cave had to much swell, crashing down on the rocks to make an easy landing, so we paddle on round to the bay of Abrahams Bosom, to find a more sheltered bay to land and have some lunch in.

The sun was beautiful and just lighted up the rock face ....  It was a great weekend with each person working hard.

Monday was one of those rare days, that I love during the Winter.  Light winds, sunshine and 2ft swell.  Time to find a buddy to paddle with and get out to play! Steve was up for getting out and Penrhyn Mawr, was active, despite being an hour to slack water. We both kept away from the front wave which would rear up a steep 2 mts or so and was pretty explosive.  The boys at 22 squadron RAF where also out ..

We headed on to Parliament House cave and had some lunch in the sun and then on to North stack race ...

As we left the light was fantastic and the troughs and wave faces, surprisingly deep and steep.  South Stack light house can be seen in the distance and as we approach South Stack race we played briefly, before turning and getting back on the conveyor belt to catch out ride back to Porth Dafach.  Thanks Steve, you were good company and it was a top day and I haven't told Barry about the start!!

Happy days!!


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