Thursday, September 20, 2007

Over There.

It was a leisurely paddle across Conception bay to Bell island from the cove in St. Philip's. Alex and Bob figured the trip to be an hour. Not a breath of wind, the sea state was flat while playing with a minke whale and then the wake from the car ferry. This past Saturday, the sun was so hot that day, that I rolled often just to stay cool.
Once over to the other side, we tucked up in under the shadow of Bell Island's massive ore rich cliffs. The unique layering of the hillside, arches and the numerous caves added to the awe of the spectacle.We finally made it to below the light house at Redmans Head. A sub surface shelf a few hundred meters out from the vertical cliff allowed the northern sea swell to form impressive waves.

Just the right size and period for leisurely surfing...and best yet....once you finished a run, the reflecting wave from the rock walls gave you something to ride back out on....that's the life. Yes, there was some clapitus, but just enough to keep you loose in the hips until you ventured into the next in coming swell. Another km up the coast and yet another even greater shelf, forming large barrels that looked beautiful in the evening light. To far for a point n'shoot camera...and to far to paddle for fun....we had already stayed much to long.

As forecast, an evening wind came up. We now had to push on back from the north head, 5km to the mainland, in a force five wind in the open tickle. What was an hour long trip, turned into a two hour struggle against the head wind and chasing the last of the light. Once at the launch sight, I'm off to explain my tardiness to friends, meanwhile my cohorts went off for some well deserved fish n'chips. Needless to say, later Saturday night, the wine went down really well.

Photos by Bob, Jamie and next Alex.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dances with Waves

Introducing the new Valley Nordkapp LV. I've gotten out with her nine times in the past few weeks alone...both on solo and group paddles. Adventures include a force five crossing for two hours straight in open ocean, on a trip back from Bell island. Rock garden play and navigating arch passage ways in Cape Broyle. Large sea swells on an outing from Cape Spear to Fort much more.

The Nordkapp LV loved it all. So did I.

I'll post more images and stories in the weeks to come. Kind'a would be good to build a collection of stuff for use over the winter too. These photos by Alex and Dylan.

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Kayak

I have a new kayak. Long and slim, soft chined, solid core and lots of curves. With her flare, she glides through the water with ease. She's new to the scene. Healthy, athletic, energetic with lots of spirit. Don't turn your back on her for a second, but if you pay attention, she'll play with you forever. to let her lead. Photos soon.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I Have a Blog...

Sh*t! I have a blog...I deliberately forgot about that, circumstances beyond my control. I'll get right on that. I'll be back soon....just a wild summer. Blog'ins cool, I just have some lessons to learn...I shall return.

"War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with." Lois McMaster Bujold. "The Vor Game" 1990