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Attending the Storm Gathering

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The 6th Storm Gathering was held at Anglesey Outdoors, just outside Holyhead on Anglesey last weekend. It kicked off Friday evening with a few slide shows about kayaking (of course) and an introduction about the coaches that was going to be running paddling sessions during the weekend. The weather forecast was a pretty windy one for the weekend but everyone crossed the fingers it wouldn't get as bad as the forecast predicted.

Saturday was a very windy day with winds around force 6-7 (12-14 m/sek) and me and Carin signed up for a surf session with Jeff Allen, Steve Graham and Kate Dufus. It turned out to be a great choice. Though it was very wind and quite a struggle to get out through the waves at times, we found the prefect spot at Rhosneigr Beach with waves that weren't too intimidating. We had lots of fun and it was a great opportunity to spend time in waves of the right size for us. Lots of laughs, lots of white fluffy water and lots of sand everywhere was the sum of that first day of the event. In the evening Matt and Nick from Kayak Essentials had a quiz at the center that every one seemed to enjoy.

When Sunday came around the wind was still blowing quite hard, so the Practial Leadership session that we wanted to do, had to be held in the area of Trearddur Bay. Roger Chandler mixed practial and theoretical leadership skills and we did a lot of exersizes on the water, thinking about positioning with the group, communication, briefing, rescues and other really usefull things to have in mind when you're out guiding a group on the sea. A great day on the water. Again. The evening entertainment was held at Rhoscolyn School where Jeff Allen showed us pictures and told stories about his record breaking trip around Ireland with his friend Harry Whelan. It turned out that the best fuel for that trip was Guiness...

During the last day of the symposium, lots of people had wanted the wind to calm down, but it didn't really. It was still blowing a force 5-6 and the winds were supposed to be south easterly. So for the rock hopping class, we all drove to the west coast of Anglesey, only to find that there was some significant swell that would make the day a little more difficult for us than we were expecting. Still we got to do some rock hopping with Barry Shaw and Ollie Jay and the return to Bull bay was quite commiting in the strong headwinds. I felt good to had to work a little harder but it also felt good to look back at three really great days on the water with Carin, the coaches and all the other people we met during the symposium.


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White water at Rhosneigr beach. We were not the only ones enjoying the conditions.

White water at Rhosneigr beach. We were not the only ones enjoying the conditions.

Carin and Tiger getting away from the waves. Or are they chasing them?

Carin and Tiger getting away from the waves. Or are they chasing them?

Jann surfed so hard, he broke his paddle. He wasn't very happy about that, as you can see.

Jann surfed so hard, he broke his paddle. He wasn't very happy about that, as you can see.

Clap in the sand. Clap your hands? No, Communication, Line of Sight, Avoidance and Positioning. Of course!

Clap in the sand. Clap your hands? No, Communication, Line of Sight, Avoidance and Positioning. Of course!

Briefing at Port Diana during the Practical Leadership day.

Briefing at Port Diana during the Practical Leadership day.

Having a rest in a fluffy drysuit.

Having a rest in a fluffy drysuit.

Barry trying to get us to understand how the tide works.

Barry trying to get us to understand how the tide works.

We had quite some swell on the north coast during our rock hopping session. And some strong winds.

We had quite some swell on the north coast during our rock hopping session. And some strong winds.

It's all about timing the swell when you go rockhopping.

It's all about timing the swell when you go rockhopping.

The brick works at Porth Wen is well worth a visit.

The brick works at Porth Wen is well worth a visit.

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Hidden away from the rest of the world, Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Patagonia, Chile is a beautiful gem that completely blew my mind during our 5 day trek last week. I still dream about it every night and can't wait to go back.

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Green Adventures is not only about work. It's about a passion, not only for kayaking but for all the amazing things we can do in the outdoors. Last weekend I had a wonderful time on a mirror calm sea just outside my door step. fake rolex

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