Storm IX

The ninth severe storm of the season barrelled into the cliffs of Cornwall yesterday. It was the most savage so far in what has been a very stormy winter. Our winters are becoming noticeably more stormy, no doubt a consequence of climate change, but also hoping that the relentless stormy weather… more »

Saltwater Snaps

A few recent (yesterday in fact) snaps of a kayaking flavour… I’ve been spending a lot of time recently trying to decide what my optimum on-water camera set-up should be. At the moment all I have is an old Lumix GF2 + 14mm lens inside a housing that lives on… more »

Epic Skies Afloat

I really hammered myself riding in Morocco, promptly picked up a cold on my return and have been feeling rather run down ever since, it always takes time to recover from a particularly hard expedition/ride so paddling with a couple of friends today was deliberately limited to around 16km in easy… more »

mmm…. granite…

Paddled out of Penzance this morning in a thick overcast and cold drizzle.. and now I’m home and tired and can’t be bothered to do much other than have a beer and share some pictures… so here we are. It was one of those days that puts a great big… more »

Thursday, Lizard o’clock..

Met up with a couple of friends for a paddle out of Kennack Sands, approaching Lizard Point from the eastern side for a change, and continuing on round to Kynance Cove, very much a favoured lunch stop, for, err.. lunch before heading back… It was a fabulous early winter day… more »

24hrs of Lizard

nope, not a weird reptile fetish although I did rather enjoy Warren Ellis’s “Crooked Little Vein” with it’s dodgy Godzilla references (a good read.. unless you’re easily offended.. in which case it’s not as it is quite rude).. rather the Lizard Peninsula here in Cornwall. Another favourite place with it’s… more »

Scilly paddling..

Here we are…further to my last post I’m back from guiding for/with Sea Kayaking Cornwall in the Isles of Scilly , a tailor-made sea kayaking destination if ever there was one. I lucked out with a terrific group which made the week so much more fun… including a bureau chief… more »

that post-storm look

had I been shooting film it would have been a no-brainer, but as I wasn’t it took a whole day to sink-in that the drama of the post-storm light on the water on Sunday would be much better represented in black and white. Digital is funny like that, I find… more »

a spot of greenland..

I seem to have become very busy all of a sudden… in a good way, especially as the Painted Roads enterprise gradually gains momentum.. of which more very soon although in the meantime Dave has just set off to research a new tour for our portfolio .. following the Ho… more »

Bag Lady..

.. not what you might expect, and you’d be unlikely to find one as shapely as this.. the lady in question being a sea kayak, more specifically an NDK Romany called Rosie, named as such by her owner who has left her in my care… I tend not to name… more »

an evening paddle.

Saw my first Sunfish (Mola Mola) of the summer last night while paddling out of Penzance, I haven’t seen one for a while. They’re not ‘common’ in Cornish waters although they are definitely around. They’re easier to spot on calm days as they bask horizontally at the surface of the… more »

Sea foam..

I think I’m suffering a ‘dry’ period with respect to inspiration for words and pictures.. reason being I have got a lot to think about at the moment with respect to business ideas and so on.. doing quite a lot of that thinking on my bike but nothing I could… more »

a few more sea kayaking pics..

apologies for lack of words this past week, busy and lacking inspiration .. so by way of something of a continuation of the Lands End theme in my previous post below I’ll just throw a few ‘sea kayaking Lands End on a very calm spring day’ flavoured pictures at you… more »

back on the water..

back on the water after an enforced layoff of 5 weeks… I felt very out of tune with my boat and I’m still not fully recovered but it was so good to be afloat again. Some pictures follow from the last couple of days. Very little swell running but with… more »

April sky

fantastic sky over Godrevy Lighthouse this morning as heavy April showers sweep in from the northwest… I was down at the Sunset Café for a meeting on my bike but happened to have a compact in my pocket.

April Fools Afloat..

I’ve been neglecting my sea kayak over the past month or so… all my paddling time has been in my surf boat. I put that right today however with a few friends for a perfect sea kayak day out along the west coast of the Lizard peninsula. I spend a… more »

winter ocean

While the rest of the nation apparently froze it’s collective nuts off yesterday, west Cornwall was, at +4C merely a bit nippy. With light winds and just a lazy groundswell running paddling conditions out along the west coast of the Lizard between Poldhu and Kynance were particularly mellow… although later… more »