Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

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

Sunday, May 01, 2016

T-Bay Remit

Trearddur Bay is a coaches' dream venue, even (or especially) in a force 6. Today, the 2nd day of the annual Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium, the 'remit' for our 4* skills session was just up to the east entrance and into Porth Diana, only 250 meters away. Outside of that (and the west entrance) would be beyond 5*. And the area just sea-side of what local coaches call the 'Magnetic Rocks', only 100 meters away from the beach, is also 'out-of-remit'. The fringes of this area today provide great 'big water' training grounds.

It is like paddling in a 'stormy open sea simulation'; challenging conditions, low consequences. One hardly (rather not) goes out for real in these conditions, but a great opportunity to experience them nevertheless in relative safety. The big outside waves are 'dampened' closer inshore and depending on wind direction sometimes even without a surf zone, like today.

Inside of the Magnetic Rocks we play on aerated white foam water; noticable providing less bracing support. And learning to judge the energy of waves by shape and not only by the whiteness of them.

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