Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium Rough Water Day

Saturday of the 2014 Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium saw a large group of paddlers heading out into Penrhyn Mawr. The "intermediate" group, of which I was a part, got into the races a little after peak flow (which the "advanced" group went for), but a day or so after spring tide, this was still a fairly pushy bit of water. As the tide began to slacken, we took a brief stop for lunch before catching the last of the flood to run down the outer race and into Abraham's Bosom, where we played behind the stacks on our way to South Stack. We were out of the tide, but met it again under the bridge where the ebb had already set. This gave us some current to paddle against to get up through the gap, then into the ebb race on the outside before heading back to Porth Dafarch. One or two people have posted comments about sit-on-tops (now deleted as irrelevant). Please note (for your own safety, apart from anything else) that all the kayaks you see are proper sea kayaks, with cockpits and spraydecks, and a reliable roll is essential for venturing out in conditions like this - SOTs are not suitable !

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Saturday of the 2014 Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium saw a large group of paddlers heading out into Penrhyn Mawr. The "intermediate" group, of which I was a part, got into the races a little after peak flow (which the "advanced" group went for), but a day or so after spring tide, this was still a fairly pushy bit of water. As the tide began to slacken, we took a brief stop for lunch before catching the last of the flood to run down the outer race and into Abraham's Bosom, where we played behind the stacks on our way to South Stack. We were out of the tide, but met it again under the bridge where the ebb had already set. This gave us some current to paddle against to get up through the gap, then into the ebb race on the outside before heading back to Porth Dafarch. One or two people have posted comments about sit-on-tops (now deleted as irrelevant). Please note (for your own safety, apart from anything else) that all the kayaks you see are proper sea kayaks, with cockpits and spraydecks, and a reliable roll is essential for venturing out in conditions like this - SOTs are not suitable !

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22Wattie
22Wattie - 2 years ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHJdEBXixJk Try this in the Southern Ocean. The bottom of Western Australia.
Johnathan Griffin
Johnathan Griffin - 2 years ago
awesome video. I kayak fish offshore, and never go out on rough days but just in case a storm gets me by surprise ive been watching these types of videos to get an idea of what to do and what not to do.
PASCOE BREWER
PASCOE BREWER - 3 years ago
Good video shame about the music
AndyWaddington
AndyWaddington - 3 years ago
It''s Creative Commons licensed, please feel free to download and add your own choice of music for viewing on your own systems, or even to distribute - that's the beauty of CC-NC-SA ;-)
Ice Surfer
Ice Surfer - 3 years ago
wind speed? swell? I would say 50 kmh and three meters
Ice Surfer
Ice Surfer - 3 years ago
that's just tremendous had no idea tides could cause such disturbance. here in the north we have zero tides
AndyWaddington
AndyWaddington - 3 years ago
My recollection is that there was very little wind and little or no swell - all the rough water you see is caused by the tide races. I've just looked at the synoptic chart for noon on that day and there was a big high pressure (1030) over all of Wales, most of England and some of the western North Sea. Isobars far apart, and a ridge of the high extending way SW into the Atlantic. That would suggest maybe force 1 SW wind and essentially no swell at all. Fits my memory pretty well. The day after we went rock hopping off the north coast and there was definitely not enough swell to get any useful assistance. The title photo was not taken on the same day as the video - that does look windier, I'll admit.
Rampster27
Rampster27 - 3 years ago
i officially no longer want to go sea kayaking.
Its Me
Its Me - 3 years ago
I go there every year and I kayak as well and the water can be very bad and scary. I would like to do a meet up with some people here.
AleaderWaterShoes
AleaderWaterShoes - 3 years ago
Wow! What an adventure! Great filming.
Kurt Hatem
Kurt Hatem - 3 years ago
You were part of the intermediate group? That looked advanced to me. Good rolling by the way. Keep paddling my friend.
Grunter
Grunter - 3 years ago
Cloudy , with a chance of Sharks !

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Ghostlore
Ghostlore - 4 years ago
This looks absolutely terrifying. I hope to be at your skill level one day...
Wojciech K.
Wojciech K. - 4 years ago
THOSE PEOPLE ARE CRAZY
David Massey
David Massey - 4 years ago
Mmm... you are obviously much younger than me and more skillful too. I think I'll just be the old guy on top of his Hobie; but more power to you. I really enjoyed the video.
David Massey
David Massey - 4 years ago
My hat is off to you!
AndyWaddington
AndyWaddington - 4 years ago
I was 57 when the video was recorded - still learning ...
Explorer Mike
Explorer Mike - 4 years ago
Wow, what a washing machine! great vid. very exciting. thanks
Maarten Bodewes
Maarten Bodewes - 4 years ago
Well done. Nice rolls left and right. Interesting to see these waves coming from everywhere. Say, that look a lot like a yellow version of my Northshore Buckaneer :P
AndyWaddington
AndyWaddington - 4 years ago
It's a Northshore Mistral - basically the same hull as the original Shoreline, rounded rather than chined. Pretty forgiving boat, even when empty.
zimzimzim
zimzimzim - 4 years ago
damn! :D i bet if you fall down on these rough waters its difficult to swim..
Wade Patton
Wade Patton - 4 years ago
Never get out of the boat! (a line from Apocalypse Now!) worth remembering. And you don't go out there without basic rolling skills developed.
AndyWaddington
AndyWaddington - 4 years ago
Probably shouldn't be out in those waters without a good roll, but on a symposium like this, swimming is not really an issue - there's enough skilled folk about who can get you back in your boat in 90 seconds or less, even among the waves. If not, with the fast tide, you will soon be "downstream" enough to get calmer water for a rescue. That is the beauty of the location for rough water training - anything that goes wrong will not drop you into worse conditions.
Ghanesh Das
Ghanesh Das - 4 years ago
Wild - great video and music and thank you so much for posting!!!!!
The Sick Horse Ranch
The Sick Horse Ranch - 4 years ago
This a rad video Sir!
Abdullah Al-Husainan
Abdullah Al-Husainan - 4 years ago
nice video, i am learning from your technique. by the way can you share what music you used?

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