6th, 7th, 8th September 2019

Summer Sigh
North Devon & Exmoor Sea Kayak Get Together
6th, 7th, 8th September 2019

 

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As Summer is coming to an end, all happy and content and we start to look forward to the challenge and excitement of Winter sea kayaking. We thought while the water is warm and the sun’s shining there’s no better time to get some cool people together in a fantastic location and have some adventures in our sea kayaks.

If you haven’t heard, the North Devon and Exmoor coast is a sea kayaking paradise with miles and miles of award winning golden sandy surf beaches, the highest sea cliffs in England, some of the largest tidal ranges in the world all within easy reach…in some cases all in the same trip!

What’s the big idea? We love formal coaching and guiding and our training company, Channel Training does more than most. But in our hearts, we’re paddlers who just love being on the water doing our own thing, looking out for each other and having our own adventures. This ethos and approach will shape the weekend – it’s not about big groups being looked after while you get “out of your comfort zone”.

It’s about making decisions based on your ability and being a useful member of a team at sea and learning from others.

We will be working in small groups, headed up by one of our team of highly experienced local guides, coaches and paddlers, who are there to show you round all the best bits this fantastic coastline has to offer.    

At the end of the day we’ll get back together round the BBQ and campfire, swap stories listen to an exciting talk on expedition paddling and drink local cider and plan for tomorrows adventures…actually, probably plan then drink cider!

What you need to know…

 

Location

We will be based out of Lee Meadow Farm Campsite (EX34 8FF) a lovely spot within easy reach of some amazing paddling. There is an excellent onsite farm shop and café so if you don’t fancy cooking you’ll be well looked after by Trudy and the team.

Timings

Although there is nothing formal organised for the Friday there will be the opportunity to meet up with new and old friends and go for an informal paddle if you wish. Or maybe grab a surf board or SUP and go get some waves at Woolacombe (10mins down the hill). We’ll all be there to welcome you into camp and if you fancy it you can get a delicious stone-baked pizza ordered for your tea in the farm shop to save cooking.

The event will start proper on Saturday morning with a welcome from us at 08:45 and then we break straight off into our groups and hit the water.  We’ll aim to be back in camp by about 18:00 and the BBQs and campfires will be ready to go for 19:00 if not earlier.

Costs

The weekend will cost £65 and includes; two nights camping at the lovely Lee Meadow Farm campsite, two full days of guided sea kayak adventures and Saturday night BBQ. (Additional BBQ and campfires facilities on a bring your own basis for other nights i.e. we’ll provide the BBQ you can bring and put want you like on them, lots of tasty BBQ fare is available in the farm shop)

There is also a £45 option not including any camping or Saturday BBQ etc.

Extras
  • I’d like one of those sweet looking Summer Sigh T-shirts please – £15
  • I can’t be bothered to cook Friday night, put me down for a handmade stone baked pizza – easily enough for two or one really hungry paddler – £12 (Contact Lee Meadow Farm Campsite directly)
  • I’d like to borrow a sea kayak and paddle only please for the weekend, I’ve got the rest of the gear – £25 for the weekend (Book at checkout)
  • I’d like to borrow everything please – £35 for the weekend (Book at checkout)
Where does your money go?

Channel Events is a not for profit organisation whose mission is to get people outside and active but also give them an active focus outside of life’s day to day responsibilities that lasts year-round.  Be that, getting fit to run your first 5km off road event, riding your bike once a week so you can complete the Exmoor Explorer or in this case be inspired to explore new places, meet new people and be part of your own sea kayak adventures and the wider paddling community…so you’re helping us do that…thanks!

Sea kayaking is super cool everyone knows it…everyone it seems that is over the age of about 35. We’ll be using some of your money to subsidise or give away free places to local people  under the age of 23 to hopefully inspire them and show them that sea kayaking isn’t just aqua rambling and something you do when you get too old to paddle white water. We’ll also be looking to engage with people with mental health issues and economically disadvantaged local people from the Bideford area and sort them out with a ticket to the get together and membership to the excellent and very active Bideford Canoe Club. Incidentally any money from boat hire goes straight to Bideford Canoe Club. 

You’ll be supporting local young people into employment. – North Devon and Exmoor has some of the country’s worst social mobility rates. We are trying to tackle this by providing year-round apprenticeships with our parent company Channel Training that will equip them with the skills they need to either set up their own local business, progress to further education or work across the globe as professional outdoor instructors. They will be there at the weekend, have a chat with them find out about how the scheme works and what it does for them.

We’ll obviously need to give the campsite some money for having us and quite a bit goes to looking after our guides, most if not all are giving their time for free this weekend and in the preparation for this weekend.

It’s going to be a great weekend we hope you can make it!

Friday 6th

Although there is nothing formal organised for the Friday there will be the opportunity to meet up with new and old friends and go for an informal paddle if you wish. Or maybe grab a surf board or SUP and go get some waves at Woolacombe (10mins down the hill). We’ll all be there to welcome you into camp and if you fancy it you can get a delicious stone-baked pizza ordered for your tea in the farm shop to save cooking.

Saturday 7th - Full Day Adventures

We will of course be at the mercy of the weather and swell as we always are when sea kayaking, so the following is subject to last minute changes.

Adventure full day options for Saturday:

  • Mellow sea kayak surfing – ideal for anyone with limited experience and looking to get a bit more confidence in the surf. We’ll look at safe paddling and etiquette in surf zone, skills, techniques and basic rescues. We’ll have lots of rests and long lunch break to refuel – you don’t need to be a super human to enjoy this day.

 

  • Not so Mellow sea kayak surfing – You’ve been surfing in your sea kayak, you love it or you think you love it and you want to do more! We’ll go explore some of North Devon’s exciting surf breaks in our boats focusing on keeping ourselves and others safe in the surf while having a blast. This session will be kept flexible to try and best meet the needs of the group and conditions on the day – but could involve some surf rescue and rolling training/practice.To get the most out of this day you’ll need to have a fairly consistent roll or like swimming.

 

  • Sea Kayak fishing with Chris Reed owner of Chillcheater who are based just down the road. In the morning you’ll make your tackle up with Chris, then head down to the beach and try your luck. You can then cook your catch back at camp on the BBQ or Chris will show you a very cool way to cook your fish using a biscuit tin!   You’ll need to be happy sitting in your kayak in roughish water without holding on to your paddles for support. If your not sure check with us before heading out. 

 

  • Mellow coastal trip – Ideal if you’re looking to cover a bit of ground and explore some of the fantastic coastline, watch wildlife and just relax and enjoy yourself. Lots of opportunities to get out and stretch your legs and there is a high certainty of an ice cream stop…or two! A rough idea of distance would be approximately 10 – 15 km.

 

  • Not so mellow coastal trip – Weather permitting, we’ll go and explore some of the more rugged and inaccessible parts of the Exmoor and North Devon Coast. You’ll need to be happy sat in your boat for a few hours at a time and we may very well encounter tide races, surf and rough water. A rough idea of distance would be approximately 20+ km.
     
  • Getting to grips with Rock hopping – where the sea meets the land is one of the most exciting places you can be in a kayak. We won’t go far but we’ll have lots of fun exploring caves, gullies, cliffs and rough water. A great opportunity to learn how to enjoy this dynamic environment as part of a team safely and responsibly. You’ll need to have some basic rescue training and be happy getting back in your boat with assistance.

 

  • Rock hopping extravaganza – the goal? Have as much fun as possible exploring every rock, gully, cave, pour-over, wave and cliff. We often paddle 10km in a 2km (as the crow flies) section of coast, it’s that good! Sharing a team approach to safe rock hopping principles, you’ll need a reasonable set of rough water rescue skills including a reliable roll and a sense of adventure!
       
  • Change your life, try sea kayaking! Maybe you’ve seen them on the beach or in your local kayak shop, there is no question, sea kayaks just look really cool! This day is suitable for anyone who’d like to try sea kayaking for the first time or has done a little bit in the past and wants to get involved in this amazing activity.  
Saturday 7th - Half Day Adventures

We will of course be at the mercy of the weather and swell as we always are when sea kayaking, so the following is subject to last minute changes.

Saturday Half Day Adventures:

  • Surf Ski for sea kayakers – Jim Taylor- Ross from Epic Kayaks is bringing his demo fleet of skis down for you to try. Beginner to advanced skis available to try – a really fun session going fast and looking cool! This comes with a warning though…Surf skis are addictive!
  • Getting to grips with Coastal Sit on Top Kayaking – You’ve got a Sit on Top kayak or you’re thinking of getting one and want to get into more exciting environments, then this session is for you. You’ll have an opportunity to explore an amazing stretch of coastline with caves, gullies and arches as well as learning about keeping safe on the water.
  • Giving Greenland Rolling a go – Greenland rolling has seen a recent upsurge in interest over the past few years, come and find out what all the fuss is about…no surprises, it will also help improve your roll.
  • Extreme Beach clean with Matt from H2Outdoors – Saturday AM only. Fancy giving a bit back? Matt will guide you to a couple of hard to reach beaches using a combination of swimming and coastal traversing with the odd exciting jump into the sea thrown in for good measure. You can then clear these beaches of rubbish feel good about yourself and be back in time to do one of the great afternoon sessions! 
Sunday 8th - Full Day Adventures

We will of course be at the mercy of the weather and swell as we always are when sea kayaking, so the following is subject to last minute changes.

Adventure full day options for Sunday:

  • Mellow sea kayak surfing – ideal for anyone with limited experience and looking to get a bit more confidence in the surf. We’ll look at safe paddling and etiquette in surf zone, skills, techniques and basic rescues. We’ll have lots of rests and long lunch break to refuel – you don’t need to be a super human to enjoy this day.
  • Not so Mellow sea kayak surfing – You’ve been surfing in your sea kayak, you love it or you think you love it and you want to do more! We’ll go explore some of North Devon’s exciting surf breaks in our boats focusing on keeping ourselves and others safe in the surf while having a blast. This session will be kept flexible to try and best meet the needs of the group and conditions on the day – but could involve some surf rescue and rolling training/practice.To get the most out of this day you’ll need to have a fairly consistent roll or like swimming.
  • Mellow coastal trip – Ideal if you’re looking to cover a bit of ground and explore some of the fantastic coastline, watch wildlife and just relax and enjoy yourself. Lots of opportunities to get out and stretch your legs and there is a high certainty of an ice cream stop…or two! A rough idea of distance would be approximately 10 – 15 km.
  • Not so mellow coastal trip – Weather permitting, we’ll go and explore some of the more rugged and inaccessible parts of the Exmoor and North Devon Coast. You’ll need to be happy sat in your boat for a few hours at a time and we may very well encounter tide races, surf and rough water. A rough idea of distance would be approximately 20+ km.
     
  • Getting to grips with Rock hopping – where the sea meets the land is one of the most exciting places you can be in a kayak. We won’t go far but we’ll have lots of fun exploring caves, gullies, cliffs and rough water. A great opportunity to learn how to enjoy this dynamic environment as part of a team safely and responsibly. You’ll need to have some basic rescue training and be happy getting back in your boat with assistance.
  • Rock hopping extravaganza – the goal? Have as much fun as possible exploring every rock, gully, cave, pour-over, wave and cliff. We often paddle 10km in a 2km (as the crow flies) section of coast, it’s that good! Sharing a team approach to safe rock hopping principles, you’ll need a reasonable set of rough water rescue skills including a reliable roll and a sense of adventure!
       
  • Change your life, try sea kayaking! Maybe you’ve seen them on the beach or in your local kayak shop, there is no question, sea kayaks just look really cool! This day is suitable for anyone who’d like to try sea kayaking for the first time or has done a little bit in the past and wants to get involved in this amazing activity.   
Sunday 8th - Half Day Adventures

We will of course be at the mercy of the weather and swell as we always are when sea kayaking, so the following is subject to last minute changes.

Sunday Half Day Adventures:

  • Surf Ski for sea kayakers – Jim Taylor- Ross from Epic Kayaks is bringing his demo fleet of skis down for you to try. Beginner to advanced skis available to try – a really fun session going fast and looking cool! This comes with a warning though…Surf skis are addictive!
  • Getting to grips with Coastal Sit on Top Kayaking – You’ve got a Sit on Top kayak or you’re thinking of getting one and want to get into more exciting environments, then this session is for you. You’ll have an opportunity to explore an amazing stretch of coastline with caves, gullies and arches as well as learning about keeping safe on the water.
  • Giving Greenland Rolling a go – Greenland rolling has seen a recent upsurge in interest over the past few years, come and find out what all the fuss is about…no surprises, it will also help improve your roll.
  • Not so extreme Beach Clean – you might not even get wet for this one. We’ll head down to our local beach and spend the morning cleaning any rubbish we can find off the beach leaving it in a better condition than we found it in. It’s only a little thing but it all adds up. You’ll also be able to join one of the afternoon sessions. 

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FAQs

I’m not sure, is this event for me?

If you can confidently swim 150m and are happy being in open water then this is the event is for you. Kayaking is a super inclusive activity and we’re all a friendly bunch. If you’re not sure which adventures to go on, get in touch and we’ll help you out. 

Can under 18’s paddle?

Unfortunately we’re not able to open this years event up to under 18’s – rest assured though we’re working on this for next year.

Do I need to have my own boat?

You don’t have to own your own boat we do have some to hire, with any money raised going to the local canoe club, Bideford. We don’t have a limitless  supply of boats though, so it will be on a first come first served basis. 

Can non-paddling family and friends come?

Sure thing, there it’s lot’s to do nearby – but we’d love it if they joined in even if it was just in the beach clean on Sunday morning. The cost would be £20 per person for camping only.   

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