British Canoeing have developed a discipline support module for those coaches who want to be involved with Stand up Paddleboarding and, in my opinion, it is one of the most sensible developments of the last few years. Allowing existing paddle sport coaches who have experience of SUP, to train so that they can deliver SUP sessions in sheltered waters to groups who are keen to receive some coaching in this rapidly expanding discipline.
Last weekend Tower Hamlets Canoe Club paid a visit to the Island and took advantage of the opportunity to take part in course. St Brelade’s Bay was the venue but because of the pleasant conditions we were able to include a short trip around to Beauport, taking the opportunity to swap boards and paddles, ensuring that everybody was able to try a variety of equipment.
So if you are involved in paddlesport coaching and are looking for some professional development and the opportunity to expand your coaching remit then look at getting on one of the British Canoeing SUP courses which are running over the next few months.
Sitting in the middle of Beauport, discussing some aspect of SUP coaching. A rather enjoyable way to spend a Saturday
Exploring the possibilities on a SUP
Heading out from St Brelade’s
It wouldn’t be a course in Jersey unless there was a bit of cliff jumping.
Towing practice. (Thanks to Shep from THCC for the botton 3 photos)
It is amazing how a sunny morning with light winds will encourage you to get out on the stand up paddleboards. That is just what happened on Friday morning. It was hard to believe that less than 48 hours ago the Island was being battered by a significant storm.
Heading out on the early morning spring tide.
With the high spring tide we were able to enter one of the small caves in St Brelade’s Bay. One of the great things about paddle sports is the opportunity to do new things. I first paddled in St Brelade’s in 1969 and up until today I had never paddled into this cave.
Laurie entering Beauport
Beauport is possibly my favourite bay on the Island and today it looked particularly special when viewed from the stack in the middle of the bay.
Heading through the gap, back into St Brelade’s and time to refresh some skills such as rescues and towing.
Today was one of the first Sunday mornings this year which didn’t have strong winds forecast so the Jersey Canoe Club Sunday morning session headed west from St Brelade’s along one of the most pleasant stretches of Jersey’s coastline.
We changed in perfect spring sunshine but by the time we launched the clouds had gathered. we were paddling along the stretch of coast which is close to the hotel where the Jersey Sea Kayak Symposium is going to held in May.
Part of the group under Corbiere Lighthouse. I know that I am biased by I reckon it is the most beautiful lighthouse in the world.
As we headed east the sun did manage to break through. This section of coast is perfect for coasteering in the summer months, fingers crossed for warmer weather.
Cliffs just to the west of Beauport. Always a pleasure to paddle past these granite faces.
Although this is the closest stretch of coast to where I live, it seems to have been quite some time since I last spent a day exploring this area of Jersey so it was a real pleasure to be on the water on Saturday. Heading out from St Brelade’s Bay we headed along the base of the south west cliffs towards Corbiere, before popping into St Ouen’s Bay for some lunch on the offshore reefs.
This is a section of the Jersey coast, which I have paddled hundreds of times but there is always something to discover whatever the season.
Paddling into a feature which we known as Junkyard Gully. At the rear of the inlet there is a large blow hole into which was thrown a lot of scrap metal and cars in the 1930’s and 40’s.
Laurie passing to the south of Corbiere Lighthouse, a significant landmark, which dominates the south west corner of the island. There was a bit of swell around and some tidal movement but it was a relatively calm day.
Heading south past Corbiere after stopping for lunch in the reefs to the west of La Pulente. A bit chilly but it is October.
Louis looking as if he is having a good time.
Louis and Rachel playing in the small race which was developing to the west of Corbiere.
Along this section of coast there are some many great jumping spots. This flat topped rock, known as “Table Top”, is at Gorselands. Laurie is in mid air whilst Simone is considering his options.
Just before Beauport we were able to take a short cut through the reef at the Grosse Tete. This is known as Conger Gully, mainly because of the stories we tell younger people whilst we are out coasteering along this section of coast.