Sea kayaking Pembrokeshire

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 July 2010

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Last weekend, when some of us were racing around Ramsey Island in rowing boats, a couple of friends of ours were not to far away kayaking near Ramsey and a near by group of Islands called 'the Bishops and Clerks'.

I have kayaked there once when the weather suddenly changed and the breeze turned into a force 6 gale and I didn't think I would ever want to go back.

However in this video it really does look beautiful, so I must go out there again sometime.

Great vid and Music Tom and Lou, looks like you had a great day and it's what summer in Pembrokeshire is all about.

A trip to the bishops & Clerks

canoe to work

  • Posted by ade
  • 24 June 2010

tomorrow we are having an office canoe to work.

the tide is going to be on the turn so we've planned a 7.00am start in llechryd.

when we went to collect a loan canoe, Kevin who makes the birch creeks offered us his personal boat to use.

two beautiful canoes to use is quite a result.

early night tonight.

One for the weekend

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 June 2010

Well more lovely weather is headed our way this weekend.

Mel and I are super happy with waves we had this week too.

All in all a good one.

So with more sunny days ahead I am sure more nice pictures will be taken.

I am going for the sunshine look on the howies look blog to keep the glow alive!

Send me some happy sunny day shots of what you have been up to on this 4 day week... evening bike rides, early morning sunrise runs or good old evenings at the beach.

Email them to me : anna@howies.co.uk

howies is nice and relaxed today with a nice group dinner at the river, planning canoeing trips and genreal tom foolery!

Have a splendid weekend.

fforest paddle deals

  • Posted by ade
  • 3 June 2010

Below our shop in cardigan fforest have a great cafe and outdoor store where we get our bits  for adventures.

They are having a 10% sale off all paddling gear like boats, paddles, spray decks and buoyancy aids. They have sit on's, sit ins, river and sea boats and great coffee. And you can try before you buy.

If you need to check before you travel call them on 01239 615286.

Weather down here for the weekend is paddling weather.

On Friday we had some great visiters who popped in for a cup of tea.

The guys from www.gonepaddling.co.uk they were on the Welsh leg of their paddle and on the way up!

Joe Andrews and James Bonell,  have been embarking on a 3000-mile sea kayak adventure around the coast of mainland UK, raising money for two charities.

They launched from the  National Maritime Museum Cornwall, in Falmouth, and hope to make it all the way around our stunning coastline and back to Falmouth by mid-September.

The findrasiers target  is a pretty daunting £20,000, to be split equally between WaterAid and the NACC (National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease). I am sure these guys can do it!

Their ambition and outlook was super inspiring.

After a little look at the van which has been kitted out to sleep paddlers and drivers we had a chat and cupa and handed over some nice merino to keep them warm on the breezey paddles they have ahead.

We took loads of photos and will add these very soon, Ruben is getting his camera at lunch!

We hope Joe's arm gets better soon too!

You can keep up to date with all there travels at here and also if you want give some money to these guys to help them on their charity target then you can here.

You can track the guys on via their GPS signals from their boats and then this will be added to their Tracker section of the blog.

For details of NACC and WaterAid, what they do and how your money will help their vital work, check out the details on the Charities page.

Nice one guys, a true inspiration.

riding solo?!

The sports that we're into aren't team sports...they are sort of solitary really.  But if you ask anyone about their best days riding, they will always say a day when they've been out with an awesome group of mates who inspire them.  There are certain friends who push me more to ride faster and try something new.

I just stumbled upon this edit of an interview with a snowboarder called Jess Kimura.  It's from an all girl's production Peep Show, which was released this winter.  Anyway she sums up that feeling of riding with your mates perfectly.  It's a really sweet video, so check it out...

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Adventurists Film Festival

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 March 2010

This film festival on Saturday sounds great fun, wish it was in Bristol.....

The first ever Adventurists Film Festival

For six glorious, mayhem-filled years The Adventurists' teams have been filming their mischievous, daring and often downright shocking exploits.

The first ever Film Festival will be a showcase of the very finest of these films made while thundering across continents in ridiculously unsuitable vehicles. There'll be talks from adventurers and film makers and an exclusive screening of a documentary about the Rickshaw Run and Mongol Rally. Plus of course the winning film will be announced by the judging panel and the prizes awarded and backs slapped heartily.

The mac daddy of adventure films, Benedict Allen, is giving a talk at 2.45pm. As the pioneer of filming authentic journeys for television he has made 6 TV series for the BBC, written 10 books and been described as “part of television history” by the Director General of the BBC. A proper legend of adventure.

27th March 11:30 - 6pm at Coronet Cinema, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3LB

BBC help out the thrillseekers

  • Posted by howies
  • 18 March 2010

The BBC have gotten themselves a bit of a bad rep lately.

However, they do have a website that tells you what free, fun, adventurous things you can do in your area. Bristol has scuba diving, snorkelling and indoor climbing. When I get around to trying them, i'll let you know how I get on.

For the thrillseekers out there.....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/thrillseeker/

seize the day

  • Posted by ade
  • 23 February 2010

I had heard the story of Birch creek canoes where originally build by a gentleman called Allan Bridges. His canoes where (amongst canoeists) classed as possibly the best canoes, revered for their superior design because they were a lightweight boat that’s extremely responsive to the paddler. Alan stopped building his canoes in early 2000.

Scott who runs the howies shop in Cardigan is a great waterman came in on Friday saying he had just bought a new canoe. Turns out that recently Allan has taught his son-in-law to build his canoes and Scott had the first one out of the mould.

So this this morning with the 18ft canoe hanging 2 feet out the back of the howies van we headed up the Teifi, and we hit the water at 7.00am and minus 2 degrees and paddled the 7.32 miles to work.

We made LLechryd bridge in good time, took the 2nd from the left arch and shot the "rapids" .

Check out the dodgey "explorer" hats. Elmer Fud and Crocodile Dundee.

When you pass Cillgeran and head into the gorge for about a mile there are no foot paths and no people and no cars and no noise.  It's a real special place to paddle.  The water was flat calm and the kingfishers provided the colour. It must be 2 years since I paddled to work with David, and something that we never did before he left. So I raised a swig of water to him as we passed his canoe pulled up below his house.

Because the canoe is fibre glass we couldn't crash over the rocks into the wildlife park, so we had to get out and carry it 100 yards to deeper water. After an hour paddling with my legs tucked under the seat, once I plunged them into water that should have frozen, I was a muscles twitch away from cramp in both legs and once back in the canoe my feet felt like someone had hammered flat. When it came to shallow water again, Scot let me stay in and waded knee deep in his Epic jeans. (It was a product test day cause I was out in my new Quick burst) Look at that lovely woodwork.

even we were amazed by how well they shed water. they were not built to wade!

Even though it really isn't one, when you paddle into work and reach the final straight you feel like you have had a real adventure. And that's before work starts.

My life is always too busy now for big adventures, so today felt great to have squeezed one in between lighting the fire, breakfast and work.

And thanks Scott for letting me have the first ride in your very precious adventure craft. May you realise your dream to paddle it in Italy.

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