Banishing Winter Blues

March it may have been but once again summer has arrived early it seems. Last year, for two glorious weeks, we enjoyed an early summer in the Outer Hebrides when April saw unseasonably dry and warm weather settle across Scotland. This year, with summer time just around the corner, the Lleyn Peninsula basked in 'winter' sunshine...
...our arrival at Porth Oer greeted with beautiful clean surf breaking on the whistling sands.
A noticeable swell was running from the south, wrapping around the peninsula...
...giving superb conditions as we worked along the rugged coast.
The rock hopping here is a treat...
...Brian watches a tricky pour-over which he passed easily enough though the bigger sets created a formidable obstacle.
A reef in the entrance to Porth Iago also generated some spectacular waves - waiting for a surf I lined up alongside the reef and got a little more than I bargained for when a larger set rolled through. The resultant wave stood the kayak on end before I broached as the break 'closed' the bay and bongo'd all the way in. Thankfully it released me before I reached the boulder strewn shore - regrettably there are no pictures.
Chris approaching Porth Colmon...
...far enough up the coast for the swell to have disappeared.  
The return journey provided a good deal more rock hopping however - John emerges from a narrow cleft...
...before we passed Maen Mellt as the sun began to set.
A few last rides on the waves of Porth Oer brought the last of the winter's paddling to an unusually warm and civilised end. I hope summer proves as kind...

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