Fell race puts pay to tide race

The plan had been to head for Penrhyn Mawr - light winds and a gentle swell would have made for some good surfing in the tide race - the thing was, I was knackered after a fell race the previous day. At less than five miles it was a short route but incorporated the Lancashire Fell Championships and with 1,500ft of ascent was hard and fast, the winner setting a new record. In 23rd place overall in a field of 180 runners I was fairly pleased with my own performance and took a little over seven minutes off what I previously thought was a decent time. So anyway, we turned left instead of right out of Porth Dafarch for a rather less committing day, to enjoy the waves and rock hopping instead of the races.
Catching a wave in the face as we left the beach proved two things - the water was still cold, and I had more energy than first appearances would have suggested.
Above and below, Chris enjoying his new boat, the Rockpool GT.
A phenomenal load carrier, the G.T. is too big a hull for some but remains remarkably responsive in this kind of setting. I have experimented with mine, having the bow built up to reduce the rocker which has been helpful on longer day trips without compromising either its performance when loaded or when playing in surf or among rocks. 
Waiting for a wave...
...before rounding Rhoscolyn Head and slipping in to the quiet bay just west of the main beach at Borth Wen. I think we were both content simply to sit in the sun and enjoy one of those perfect Spring days on which the world seems to move more slowly.

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