25 November 2008

Sunday Wrap Up

The British University Kayak Expedition Team '09: (Back Row L to R) Tim Hamlet, Stuart Watson, Ben McKeown, Andy Jaunzems, Eoghain Johnson, Stuart Haywood, Nathan Fletcher, (Front Row L to R) Tom Haywood and Luke Farrington.

When Sunday came around there wasn't that much enthusiasm for paddling, even after what must have been a heavy nights rain. After consulting with the Conwy phone gauge we were left in the knowledge that the Fairy Glen was too big to paddle. There was talk the previous day about a blast over to the mighty Tryweryn for a bit of a Boater X and Big Air session, but that went by the wayside and we were left to reside over cleaning up the bunk house and heading our separate ways, back to our respective institutions for lectures the next day.

This has been one of the best weekends of boating I have had in a long time. Probably due to the fact that all the rivers I had paddled were personal first descents and that most of the boaters on the weekend were a lot better than me; meaning I had few worries about the others on the water, enabling me to fully concentrate on my own paddling. I am slightly disappointed that I didn't make the final expedition team, but then again I did make the selection weekend, which some people did not, and have an awesome three days of paddling, socialising and getting to know like minded individuals. At the end of the day I feel that everyone on the team fully deserved their place and, by a long way, were much better paddlers than myself. However, I am sure that over the summer I'll be able to get abroad for some foreign paddling action with some of the guys I met this weekend, which will be awesome.

More pictures from the weekend can be found here.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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