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Sunday, 18 May 2014
Summer has come early and an opportunity to paddle one of my last remaining gaps on the Gower coast presented itself. The paddle was planned for Sunday so I decided to take the family camping the previous evening...
It was around high water so the estuary was in flood, at low water it completely dries out. We paddle down the length of the estuary was uneventful apart from a private air show from a couple of small propeller aircraft.
We cut in through the shallow waters dividing Burry Holms and Rhossili Bay and take another opportunity for a short break with Worms Head on the horizon.
A great end to a great weekend on the Gower peninsular with great company. Thanks to Katie, Paul and Sean for the invite and the lift back to the van.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
I was unable to paddle this weekend, my wife was busy with our eldest son and football training so I was left to entertain Zakk our middle child.
Living so close to the shores we often visit the coast for some farther son time but today a few friends were heading down to the waves for a bit of surf action. So to kill two birds with one stone I took Zakk for a play and brought the camera along to photograph Chris, Eurion and Andrew on the waves.
The carry to the shore.
The waves always look smaller until you sit on the water.
Eurion was the first to break through.
Then the ride begins...
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Myself and Elan made a trip west with the promise of some fine weather. We left a car at Dale with the intention of paddling out from St Brides Haven, around Skomer and Skokholm, cross over to St Anns Head and into Milford Haven to land at Dale.
Grey SealSkomer Island is a wildlife haven and within minutes we were surrounded by many of its residents.
On Skomers western point we enjoyed a close encounter with a pod of Porpoise.
We explore the rugged western approaches of the island but it soon becomes apparent that the low wind forecast was not entirely correct. A stiff wind blew up from the south meaning if we wanted to carry on with the intended plan it would be a battle into the head wind all the way.
The wind on tide made for some interesting conditions in 'Little Sound' where we decided to make a break against the flow back onto the sheltered northern side of the island.
Monday, 14 April 2014
Into April now and the weathers gone pear shaped again. Strong wind forecast so myself, Jules and Taran head on down to Barry for a bit of action on the tide race that forms off Nells Point.
From the shore it looked relatively flat and gusty but out on the headland the strong Bristol Channel currents were picking up some pretty sizeable waves.
We land at Jacksons bay on the far side of the head. I decided to walk back up to the head and get some shots of the guys running the race....