About Me

Hello and welcome to my blog, initially started as a diary for myself but open to all to read and follow.  My name is Stuart and I bought my first kayak in September 2009 and have been hooked ever since. 

I have always been an 'outdoor' person, following in my Fathers footsteps up and down mountains from a very young age.  As for kayaking I had only done a single day paddle down the River Wye in a short play boat, so this was a completely new experience for me.  I joined a club and read just about very book there is on sea kayaking and off I went. 

Most of my paddling is done on the weekend on my local stretch of water on the south east coast of Wales between Cardiff and Porthcawl.  As a rule I try to get out to West Wales once a month for a couple of days.  Once a year my dad and myself make it an occasion to travel up to the Isle of Skye for a weeks paddling and walking. 

I currently paddle a Tahe Marine Revel and still have my first boat a Venture Easky.  I am also in the (long) process of building a cedar strip kayak, a 17 foot sea kayak at home in the races and rough water taking on features from the Greenland style. 

I hope to see some of you out there on the water, thanks for reading.


Anonymous said...


Would there be any chance of tagging along on one of your sea kayak trips in the vale of glam ? I have been sea kayaking for about a year now and have done a few 1 week long expeds in Pembrokshire, West coast of Scotland and have kayaked locally East & West of Southerndown. I dont tend to go out to much on my own as my self rescue teqnique still requires work..Lol. mhfrancis100@aol.co.uk


Anonymous said...

could you send the photos of me you took on Glam Boaters weekend please. Carol

Anonymous said...

I live in Llantwit Major and have been kayaking for about a year now using a Dancer down the Cardiff white water centre, rivers and occationaly venturing out onto the sea. I,m looking at getting into sea kayaking and am wondering what would be a good first step in that direction.

Anonymous said...

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Mo Needham said...

What a great blog Stuart, thank you. I am a novice but have a Tarpon 100 and want to do some mackerel fishing this Thurs. Coming from Swindon so thought Barry would be the best/nearest place to launch and safely paddle on my own - what do you think?

Looking at Google Earth the harbour seems the place to launch.

I'm 62 and have a lower back problem, took it up 3 years ago - mostly on rivers with the Thameswey club. What you do looks fab, wish I had discovered sea kayaking years ago!

Thanks again Stuart.

Mo moandliz@live.co.UK

J Glover said...

Hi Stuart,

We're featuring Pembrokeshire in our next edition of Digital Nomad Travel Magazine.

Your adventures fit with the independent and adventurous travel style of our readers and we would like to republish or include some of your experiences from Pembrokeshire kayaking in the magazine.

Please can you get in touch to let us know if you are keen to contribute?

Thanks and sorry, wasn't sure how else to contact you. Found your blog while searching for Pembrokeshire travel experiences online.

DNTM Editor
A digital-only magazine for independent travellers.

Stuart said...

Hi Jennifer, yes I would be happy to help. You can contact me on 07947084085 or email stuart.yendle@hotmail.co.uk