Paul paddles a P&H Quest LV, which after his circumnavigation of Wales last year had seen better days. It’s been dispatched up to the P&H factory in Derby for refit/renovation work to make it ready for the trip. In the mean time Paul jumps on a train, well various trains and tubes and makes the trip out of the big smoke to the sticks of South Wales.
As I’ve temporary use of the demo Cetus, Paul borrows the plastic Cappella and with such atrocious weather canning any idea of a trip we decide to at least try and get on the water and head over to Porthcawl for a spot of surfing.
At Rest bay there are understandably no surfers as the surf is blown out. We decide to give it a try but as the tide is high up and on the rocks we quickly decide after punching out that mucking about in the fairly powerful soup is going to end up with a trashed composite boat so head on over to Coney Island.
Coney is protected a bit from the south westerly but is fairly crowded with boarders as there is a consistent small swell running. We give the guys plenty of room and play around for a good few hours. No real paddling but at least we got out and had a bit of fun.