The Yealm, Wembury and the Mew Stone

Ewart has been dabbling and dipping his paddles in the salt water again! A lack of rain and amazing winter days lead to sea kayaking. A bit further south than the previous weekend saw Ewart and his friend Ben take to the water for a paddle around the Yealm estuary and the Wembury area of Plymouth. A selection of shots, the good ones from Bens GoPro Black Edition 3+ and the other from Ewarts phone inside an Aquapac.

"We launched from Noss Mayo, outside the Ship Inn but could have done with a slightly higher tide. It was a touch on the muddy side but the tide was pulling nicely into the Yealm. Noss Mayo is on the banks of Noss Creek with Newton Ferrers on the river right bank. A beautiful day, sunny but with a cool wind. A true winter gem. 

 Fantastic shots from Bens GoPro. It still amazes me how good the photos from these cameras are. Well worth the investment. 

                                                            Ben went for a swim. Nutter. 

                                                                 Yikes! Its Ewart! 

                                           No words for this really apart from stunning. 

And then we have Ewarts photos......

                                                      "Lets paddle to that little rock..."

                                                                   Oh, its a big rock. 

                                                     "That looks cool up there, lets go up it!"

 We guessed this must be the landing spot. The tide was just about hitting low so we had plenty of space to land. In a higher tide it would be more tricky.

 This building was what got us interested in climbing the island. (which we later discovered was the Mew Stone.)

                                                           Wembury Church on the left.

After a few sunny hours paddling, swimming and  exploring we returned to Noss Mayo and the Ship inn. Spend some dosh in the local community, two pints of Mew Stone and some fish and chips please!


Max , Ewart and Mitch went for a short sea paddle in Torquay the other weekend. Go and check it out over at the main AS Watersports blog.



Shiny New P & H Cetus's

We've just had two brand new P & H Cetus's turn up for a couple of our customers, we unwrapped them to check them over and they looked so good we thought we would share them with you.
P & H Cetus LV
Metallic Lido Blue Deck
White Hull
Yellow Seams/ Keel Strip/ Deck Lines & Elastics
P & H Cetus MV
Metallic Turquoise Blue Deck
White Hull
White Seams/ Keel Strip/ Deck Lines & Elastics

To get more information on custom sea kayaks contact us at the shop on 01392 219600


Ladies Gear

Finally some decent ladies paddling kit, after spending years in men's gear, new ladies paddling gear is starting to come through from some of our manufacturers, designed specifically for ladies not just men's gear in pink! With more on offer each year.

I have been updating my kit with some of the new gear, towards the end of last winter I purchased myself a Palm Thalassa Cag and Palm Halo Buoyancy Aid. Here are my thoughts on them...

Palm Thalassa Cag

Palm Thalassa Cag


After finding myself doing more and more sea paddling and having enough of wearing white water cags with tight latex seals I bought myself a touring cag. I tried on a few different options by various brands and ended up with the Palm Thalassa because for me it felt like the best cut, I really like the high fleecy collar and good hood that tucks away when not being used, other features include latex wrist seals and a twin waist to help keep the water out, a inner neck seal, which you can get nice and firm with the velcro fastening or if you get to warm you can unzip it to cool off and an additional outer collar again with a offset zip to open up and vent. I spent the last winter in it and will be using it again this winter, its great for those chilly days on the water, whether its a bit blowy or just freezing cold. I find that its really comfy, the fabric was a little stiffer that some of the other cags I tried on, but its now starting to ease up a little after a bit of use and I feel that it will last really well.

They come in two nice colours a nice bright red or aqua blue and are available in XS – XL. £219.95

Palm Halo Buoyancy Aid

Palm Halo Buoyancy Aid

I also got around the same time a Palm Halo ladies specific buoyancy aid that’s designed for touring, sea kayaking, canoeing and easy going white water. It sits nice and low though it is fairly bulky it doesn't cause a problem while paddling, it has a really good size pocket that can easily fit a camera and two smaller pockets to fit a knife and whistle, it buckle up front makes it easy to get on. Its a very well thought out buoyancy aid, with lots of features. The only problem I have come across is the hydration pouch, because it is built into the inside of the back of the buoyancy aid and as soon as you put a bladder filled with water in, it becomes incredibly uncomfortable, I now just take a bottle of water with me in the boat. I have spoken to a few customers who have tried this buoyancy aid on and it fits most ladies well (all shapes and sizes).

Available to match the Thalassa cag in red or blue, sizes are XS/S, M/L & XL/XXL. £119.95


Jemma wearing the Palm Halo Buoyancy Aid