Four of us made it down
to Crackington Haven on Friday hoping to paddle to Boscastle
and back but the wind and waves were against us and we did
not get out of the bay. Check out the photos that Barbara
There was a bit of wind when we arrived and the waves
from the car park did not look too big so we decided to give
it a go and pop our noses past the Cam Beak headland to see
what the conditions were like out there.
By the time we arrived at the waters edge though, the
waves were getting bigger and bigger. Barbara decided to
save her on the mend shoulder and stay on the beach whilst
Ian, Greg (first time out with the club and made front page
of the newsletter!!) and I decided to give it a go!! Ian did
a great job and managed to get out the back first attempt.
Greg, after a couple of knock downs and nearly pulling a
backwards aerial 360 (see photo!) stayed to surf in the
shallows. I made it out on my second attempt to greet Ian
with shouts of delight which were quickly silenced by him
when he reminded me that we had to get back it at some
By then the wind had really picked up and was now gusting
F6-7 so sticking our noses around the headland was not a
good idea so we decided to get back ashore ASAP. (every man
for himself!) I turned and managed to stay on the first
monster wave but got picked up and knocked down by the
second. I tried to hold onto my boat but this disappeared at
great speed without me. Ian came by and I tried to hold onto
his boat but he too was whisked away at great speed by the
next wave. So no choice but to body surf (!) and roll with
the waves into shore where Barbara and Greg came to rescue
me and my boat! Ian managed to have a great time surfing in
staying in his boat!
It was great fun though! No injuries, just a few bits of
equipment and clothing stolen by the waves, and lessons learnt!
The four of us then had a walk to the headland to look at
the very big waves which were no longer that big! We agreed
that we probably timed it a bit wrong as we tried to launch
when the tide was up at the narrowest part of the beach
which may have caused the waves to jack up. Anyway something
to think about next time!
We then went back to the campsite via Boscastle (for well
earned pasties and ice creams) and spent the evening in the
pub where the group gradually expanded as we were joined by
other folk who had travelled down that evening.