The day started with torrential rain on the M5 and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering what I was doing driving to the coast. Still, the forecast looked like it would clear up in time to hit the tide. We held our nerve and were rewarded with near perfect conditions for an intro to coastal paddling.
Following the Avon down from Aveton Gifford down to the coast (site of the famous Bantham Swoosh), we had a chance to practice eddy hopping and breaking in and out as the tide built. A private beach to ourselves was the perfect spot for lunch and a bit of tidal theory, before hitting the sea proper.
Our journey took us out round Burgh Island. Though only a few hundred metres from the buckets and spades of Bigbury it could have been a million miles away. We were able to work on technique and confidence in the small but long period swell, as well as paddling into and sideways on to wind and chop.
All in all, a magical day on the sea.
Check out our upcoming trips here. We’ll add more throughout the year or if there’s a few of you we’re always up for running a bespoke trip.