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Sunday sessions – ‘shesk and surf!

April 5, 2009

I had promised myself lots of revision today and no deluded thoughts of kayaks, canoes, rolling and the like. Took Paul to say paddle? and I was already in my wetsuit.

I kinda have been wanting to surf, ok well it was a thought at 8am this morning when the sun was saying “paddle paddle” and well since then I wanted to have the life scared out of me with a bit of surf kayaking. First off was the glenshesk river. For those unfamiliar with the river it is mainly brown/red which flows into the sea at Ballycastle and has a rare species of fish living in it called “golf balls”. As a child we used to get chased by the wild bears who lived at the “golf course” because we were fishing for their balls!!!

I was in the perception dancer and Paul was in the fox. The perception is like a um big floating rock. I didn’t like it when I was on the Bann a couple of weeks ago as I couldn’t keep the thing straight. I am either getting better at this kayaking stuff or the boat has bonded with me and loves me. The river was peachy although there wasn’t much water in it, we ended up lifting the boats over the rapids at the golf course bridge so as we could get up the river a bit further. The paddle up was beautiful to the Carey bridge but we didn’t go further as I couldn’t be bothered lifting the boats again. On the way down we did a spot of fishing. I have 16 balls for sale if anyone is interested J, first use of my new “swag bag” as well.

The flow of the river isn’t long getting you down to the sea. I was bricking it but I knew it was now or never. Two waves in and an immense amount of screaming and I was following the boat back to shore. It certainly make you feel alive getting a rattle over the noggin with a wave or three. Oh and I loved it.

I watched Paul out on the water for a bit before emptying half the Atlantic out of my boat. I really hadn’t a notion what to be at. Paul came out of his boat and hauled be back into the surf giving me guidance on getting though the waves. Getting out was wee buns although the airborne feeling coming off the waves nearly made me throw up the first time it happened.

Was more craic again trying to come in. No matter how much I tried to brace into the surf I ended up half rolling and my sinuses cleared. Was class craic. Going to invest my golf ball earnings on a surf boat J.

 

More river before home??? Oh yeah. Fox time for me?? Definitely!! Paul told me this one was jumpy and unforgiving, we are very alike. I had an interesting entrance to the water a kinda seal launch off the sand cannel that the river had carved –oh fun!! I nearly tipped the fox over a couple of times but after 2 mins we were best mates. I love it. Its quick , I can throw it about abit and it responds well to my shambolic stearing strokes. I would have to say that I now appreciate the purpose of stern rudder now, I had lots and lots of practice today.

As the water was uber shallow I decided to practice a wee roll, and failed !! Paul tried to rescue me but whatever half assed way I reached for his boat bailing out was the best option. Water freezing and red yuck, the surf was so warm. I so cold I forgot what I had messed up on the roll, meh not to worry! Oh yeah what a fun day!!

 

Paul thanks so much for the paddling was fab!!

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