Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

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

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Three of a Kind

An amazingly beautiful December day had us (Ed, Geth, JF, Justine and me) choose to go to Porth Dafarch for paddling Penrhyn Mawr. With near springs and an easterly wind we did not put our hopes up too high. But with a tiny bit of swell PM was magic. After PM died down we took the scenic rockhopping route towards North Stack. North Stack race was messy; more for 'rodeo' than for surfing. At only 14:30, daylight was already starting to fade when we paddled towards South Stack race. Magic again; long and fast runs.

I tried to remember again how it was when I first visited Anglesey in 2000 for the Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium. Totally new to tide-races I could not even get my kayak to point into the flow at North Stack before being swepped downstream sideways. South Stack race only came many years later. In Penrhyn Mawr it was the local paddlers that showed what was possible. So I tried, swam lots, tried more and harder, rolled, learned more and still learning. Thank you for all the great runs together!