The Kayak

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  For the Ireland circumnavigation, I will be paddling my tried and tested Rockpool GT. The design of the GT is based on the classic British Form sea kayaks that, in turn, have followed the traditional lines of the Inuit skin on frame Qajaq’s from Greenland. With that in mind, the GT is in the same class of kayak as the …

Nutrition

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Mike Whittingham is a friend that I met whilst running a Sea Kayak See Life course with Lou Luddington. He came along as a participant, on one of our Skomer Island wildlife weekends, a number of years ago and he has returned to paddle with us many times since. Mike is a really enthusiastic chap, especially when it comes to …

Around Ireland 2017

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The What? This summer I will embark upon a journey that I have been dreaming of making for many years. A kayak circumnavigation of Ireland! Paddling solo and self-supported and with an emphasis on a performance approach to sea kayaking, I aim to complete the circumnavigation within 5 weeks.                       …

Sea Kayak See Life, Spring 2017, Part 2

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Another top weekend of wildlife focused kayaking with an enthusiastic group of paddlers. It’s always great to work alongside marine biologist, Dr Lou Luddington and to absorb more fascinating information about our wonderful coastal environment. Despite yesterday’s challenging forecast and deteriorating conditions, we had a successful day on the water. Today we managed a trip to South Stack, one of …

IOM Crossing

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Whilst sorting through some photos I rediscovered the pictures taken during last summer’s Isle Of Man trip. I thought I would share some of them here: In August 2016, Chris Withers and I, had planned to head down to Cornwall with our sea kayaks, to make the crossing out to the Isles Of Scilly. However, the temperamental Atlantic weather systems …

Sea Kayak See Life, Spring 2017

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The weekend of 20th & 21st of May saw me making another one of my regular pilgrimages south to Pembrokeshire, to co-deliver the first of this year’s scheduled Sea Kayak See Life courses along side Dr Lou Luddington. Launching from Martins Haven with a favorable forecast and neapy tides, we were able to make the crossing of Jack Sound to …

Anglesey Circumnavigation

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One Saturday afternoon in mid June, a day or two before the summer solstice, I called into Surf Lines to buy a new pair of shorts (as you do) and got chatting to Dan about the Anglesey Circumnavigation. As the conversation progressed, it transpired that we both had the following Thursday off work, which also happened to coincide with a …

Sea Kayak See Life, Anglesey, 11th & 12th June 2016

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Playing catch-up with the blog posts at the moment… Here’s an account of the Sea Kayak See Life course that I ran with Marine Biologist, Dr Lou Luddington, back in June. The group met at the Adventure Elements base in the village of Brynsiencyn on the Isle of Anglesey. Thanks go to James Stevenson for letting us use his classroom facility. It provided …

Sea Kayak See Life – Pembrokeshire, Saturday 14th May 2016

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Following on from the success of last years Sea Kayak See Life courses, I have once again teamed-up with marine biologist & fellow sea kayak guide Dr Lou Luddington to offer more wildlife focused sea kayak courses for 2016. The first of these took place within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in West Wales. I made the journey south on the Friday evening …