Waiting for a Wave...

I have paddled though the various races around Anglesey often enough but usually as part of a longer journey around the stacks or Holy Island; to find the sea so calm then, on the very day that we had set aside specifically to spend at Penrhyn Mawr was a little ironic.
With the NW going stream starting late in the day we had a lazy afternoon exploring towards South Stack before returning to wait for the race to start. Above, Chris watches the flow building gradually...
...while Tim warms up on the eddy lines.
After an hour or so the flow picked up, conditions rapidly becoming much more lively. Periodically the front waves reared up to around 5ft, perhaps a ferry's wake or other isolated wave pushing against the tide, but mostly it was only much smaller waves that we surfed. It was however a very interesting day and we learnt a great deal about the race, finally calling it a day in about the fourth hour of the NW going stream, returning to Porth Dafarch to plan tomorrow's trip: The Skerries.

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