Last weekend Dragon Activity Guides and Sea Kayak Guides came together to deliver you St David's Sea and Surf Kayak Festival. First things first, we'd like to give a huge thank you to everybody who contributed towards making the weekend such a fun and smooth event, and for all the behind the scenes help too. A big thanks goes out to all the coaches who provided the workshops over the weekend, as well as lot's of coaching, advice and laughs too. And another big thanks goes to the St David's Bunk Barns team who kept us fed, watered, warm, comfortable and entertained over the weekend.
The weekend kicked off with a brilliant marine wildlife talk by Dr Lou Luddington of Luddington Marine. 'Life on the Edge' took us to a very intimate level with our coastal environment and the creatures that live there and kept everybody on the look out for Pembrokeshire's local wildlife throughout the whole weekend.
Unfortunately the Surf aspect of the festival did not go ahead on Saturday due to a significant lack of waves due to a very rare easterly swell, but we all had our fingers and toes crossed that it would make it's promised appearance ready for Sunday. Instead, we all got involved in the sea kayaking workshops, and what a day it was! There was a range of workshops taking place over the day, with a huge variety of wildlife and coastal critters spotted on the Introductory workshops, and some pretty sizable conditions for the groups on the tidal workshops, and the advanced group even got around the west side of Ramsey Island.
After getting off the water, I think it's safe to say that everybody had worked up an appetite. It was time to reconvene at St David's Bunk Barns, get showered, and get together to share the stories and tales of the day before sinking our teeth into the delicious dinner that the St David's Bunk Barns had cooked up.
Saturday night's event was a very inspiring presentation for any wanderlusting kayaker, and certainly one to get the cogs turning for future trips. Nige Robinson's 'Sea kayaking trips abroad' was a great personal insight into some of the worlds wildest places, focusing on his sea kayak trip to Alaska.
Sunday we were back on the water, and there was surf, hurraaay! Our surfing workshop headed down to Fresh Water West for the day and weren't left disappointed, with chest high, clean waves all day. The rest of us headed back out in our sea boats for more playing, learning and exploring. We had encounters with seals, members of the Auk family, sea sponges, jellyfish and a whole lot more. We rockhopped, surfed The Bitches, paddled in and through caves, and a few even went for a swim (some intentional, some not).
We managed to snap quite a few photos which you can fine here, however if you took any yourself, we'd love it if you could send them over so we can share them with the other paddlers on your workshops. Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were so pleased with how the weekend went that we've already put a date on next years festival, so you best get your diaries out!
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St David's Sea and Surf Kayak Festival
5th and 6th of May 2018