Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

T-Bay workout

With the forecast for increasing winds we chose to paddle out of Trearddur Bay. We got as far as Porth Diana and using that area to try to surf the open water waves. Getting enough speed to catch the waves and paddling back out into the wind was a great work-out.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Anglesey business as unusual

Meetings in the morning. It is blowing and pouring rain. For two days now at lunch the skies clear and we had a great afternoon paddle.

Yesterday from Porth Dafarch to Holyhead harbour. I got unexpectedly looped near the rock channel behind the 'Chicken Run'. I used the surges near the rock islet to get up and turn into the channel when a bigger wave arrived. This was really exciting; rolling-up afterwards made it an enjoyable experience. Much later I learned that Rick had to do a precautionary capsize because I was in danger of surfing and looping on top of him. For me this all went in 'slow-motion'.

Today just out to Penrhyn Mawr. PM was very big, but forgiving. That means that the waves sometimes were intimidating high in the outer race but one was not being trashed by crashing waves.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Isle of Man Symposium

On the Isle of Man for the annual Adventurous Experiences symposium.

Because of the very strong winds we could not go too far out of Port Erin. But this area has lots of dynamic options. One is the confusing breaking seas over the reef just outside of it. Surf inside the bay. Wind shelters and wind fetch areas. And lots of wave action over and near rocks. The half-day sessions I ran were 'Adapting skills for wind', 'Waves & Rocks' and 'Rocks & Waves'.

For Isle of Man is an Island it has lots and lots of challenges for any level of paddler.