Cayton Bay Surf Trip by Neil Marley

On arrival at the car park the signs said that the surf would be 1 to 2 ft which was lower than the website had said, but it meant that all would hopefully be able to progress easier on the surf as it would be more forgiving.

You see the thing is that on surf waves you need to lean on the opposite edge of your boat to that on white water. This can take time to get use to, and for some did.

On the beach there was some smaller waves in front of us, while over to the left (in the direction of the wind) were all the surfers on the bigger waves. But none of us were ready for them at first.

So after selecting an empty part of the beach to surf on the 11 took over and clamed it as GSCC�s. We soon learnt the need to space out more as there were a few times that boats nearly collided, but with no harm done to others. We were soon all set about trying to catch that big wave in the set. However the bonus to kayakers is that you can catch the first wave and if you don�t get in too far then you can get back out to catch the last wave of the set. So as you�re paddling back out some paddlers were set up ready to surf, so many times you spotted a good wave for some one that was waiting and everyone shouted �Paddle!!!�

As said by Martin, it does take some time to learn to catch waves and to that end some boats are easier to surf than others. My first time surfing I spent more time rolling off the bottom than sitting on the wave, and I think some were finding similar problems. A short trip to the beach and once their boats were empted everyone was back trying to catch that prefect wave. Some even wanted to put some of their new skills to the test, and having just done their canoe safety test, decided to X rescue in the waves, successfully as well. Well done to those that managed to rescue others. I

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