F6 and gusting f8 was the forecast and this could certainly be felt as we moved boats on to the van. Rich an Adrian were on this weekends course, which is aimed at competent 3 star paddlers (or above) who already paddle independently and want to extend their skills and abilities, in rough conditions.
Over a coffee and discussion, Rich suggested the North coast and Porth Eilian to Amlech and back. The wind on arrival was flurrying out of the bay at different directions, but at the mouth (to the right of the lighthouse and then left) of the bay the wind was more focused and a good F5 and occasional f6. We used the wind in the bay for some trim work and did a couple of down wind runs, without skeg, before taking a short break.
Then on to Amlech Port. A couple of seals watched on and a few porpoises popped up as we paddled along the coast ... the sunshine further made the day ...
Back at the start and 8k later, now closer to high water and more shelter provided, Adrian and Rich did a couple of rolls and Rich managed to stand up ... before being put back into his boat by Adrian!!
Sunday saw us heading off to Trearddur Bay to paddle in some wind and swell and a hopeful end of day surf ... we paddled out left and across to the white arch ... in a light f4 and fair swell.
One at a time, Adrian and Rich paddled through the arch and then back out again.
After lunch and a rocky landing, it was time to hit the beach and catch a few waves. Focus was on setting your self up to go the way you wanted to surf in and using a low brace in the foam pile. Rich was introduced to reverse surfing, which is useful to experience so if it ever happens while paddling out through surf, there is an understand on what to do, to remain upright!
The surf was a good height 2-3ft and fairly regular. It was also good to see 7 other paddlers out there, enjoying the sunshine and nice surf .. good end to a weekend.
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