Not so pro (tech) - sea shenanigans
Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
50Trip End Jul 22, 2013
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What I did
At the moment i have another friend from home visitng, Jen
It didn't start well when we failed to carry our kayak to the beach (they are surprising heavy don't you know?!) We had to be rescued by some guys who felt sorry for our lack of muscles! (definately not cut out for an army career!) Then we set off and i was promptly knocked clean off the kayak by a wave within seconds of leaving! Somehow the boat remained upright and Jen was still somehow sitting in it! Once we were out past the waves we thought 'this'll be easy' but however we are not cut out for kayaking it seems! Apparently the person at the front had to be brains and the person at the back the brawn. So that made me 'brains' and Jen 'brawn' both roles that we were not particularly suited to! (Although I'm not sure reversing the roles would hel;p either!!!) We kept going the wrong direction and at not a lot of speed! Everyone else seemed to be cruising along with little effort - not even flexing a bicep! Yet we were using every ounze of power we had to try and get our boat to move
Finally out at sea and being towed by another boat. What could go wrong now?! Well another wave took us by surprise and toppled the boat. For the 2nd time I got very wet! Lucky the sea was warm! So we had to get back onto our kayaks - easier said than done! I managed to turn the boat over quite smoothly 'hey this is easy' I thought. Wrong again! I then had to get onto the boat - tricky when everytime you pull yourself up the boat rolls towards you and ends upside down again! Jen eventually managed to get up (albeit not so glamourously!) and then next task was her steadying the boat for me to get in. This involves leaning the opposite direction to me. So Jen decided to lean back (whilst perched on the back of the kayak) Yes you guess it, next thing she was somersaulting back into the sea taking the boat with her and all I could see was 2 legs sticking in the air dropping into the sea in slow motion as she tried to presvent the inevitable. By this point we had been in the water for 10mins and everyone was in fits of giggles and a few very curious dolphins decided to come and investigate what all the fuss was about! We were literally 3 or 4 foot away from them! They didnt try to rescue us though! Probably far too amusing watching us flounder...
So maybe we are not destined to be kayak enthusiasts but we both loved it and want to go back again - probably much to the concern of the kayak guides! Needless to say I am just as shocking at kayaking as I was at surfing! Maybe we will try something on land next time - like horse riding...!