We were going up via Glenmore to collect a couple of SCA surf kayaks. It was there we bumped into Rowland again, he who hee hawed at me during the 5* training a couple of months back. After coffee and a huge cake at the visitor centre down the road, we continued up to Sandend to meet up with David Coghill. There were only going to be the three of us going out. there's nothing like fine personel coaching.
|David showing us how it should be done|
|Ken making it look easy|
|Sarah having a go|
Next morning we headed back over to the beach to meet up with David. The waves seemed to be noisier today - and bigger, in fact for a beginner, they looked huge.
David decided we would be working in the frothy bit again for a while. We went out a bit to catch the waves to learn how to lean back if the waves were going to be a bit big, which lets them wash past you. After that, we were doing a bit more turning.
We headed home via Cullen, where there is a fantastic ice cream shop, it was there when I was on holiday with my Mum and Dad in the year dot and is still there. A hard weekends paddling meant we had deserved a double ice cream, Honeycomb crunch and chocolate chip -Mmm yum.
By the time we arrived home, having sat still for two and a half hours, the pair of us had stiffened up and again we had a competition to see who could creak and groan the most.
I have to say, I had been looking forward to trying surf kayaking for quite a while and was certainly not dissapointed. I had an absolute ball. David was a fantastic coach, thank you so much.
I could quite happily become a beer swilling, ice cream guzzling, bongoing beach bum.