The first P & H Delphins came out of the mould this weekend and were put straight into the back of the new team van so we could set off to Anglesey for the final test and photo shoot. Anglesey, on the north coast of Wales is home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the world, not to mention some awesome tide races and plentiful wildlife, the idea spot to take our new rock gardening, free-ride sea kayak out for a spin.
We arrived at Porth Dafarch in time for a quick paddle out to the Penrhyn Mawr tide race, I had chance to get some really nice night shots of the Delphin surfing what was to be the biggest surf of the weekend too! We got back to the beach as night fell in earnest, much to the relief of other beach campers who were apparently beginning to get concerned.
An early morning start saw Graham Mackereth and Olly Sanders join us to paddle out once more to the races. The tide was just building as we arrived and the local seal population were particularly interested in our carry on.
So on to the reason we were there, to test the brand new Delphin. This boat is quite honestly unlike any sea kayak I have paddled before, when it hits moving water it comes alive, I needed to switch to the set of White water skills I know and love to carve up the waves, make tight eddy turns and allow me to skid out of that bite and lock in you so often get when surfing a Sea Kayak, But, it still paddles like a traditional kayak on the flat, the skeg, flat stern help with this massively allowing us to keep up with other Sea Kayaks.
Report by Liz Forshaw. Images by Liz Forshaw and Graham Mackereth