8 paddlers from Deveron Canoe Club travelled to Ulster to surf kayak the Northern Irish coastline. We spent 2 days at Portrush (planned venue for the 2017 World surf kayak championships) and 4 days in Donegal just across the border. Marty McCann, Level 5 surf coach spent 4 days with us, passing on tips on technique and the theory and practice required for 4 star leader in surfkayak. The weather was kind and everyone had a great time - captured in this ditty that Alice and Norman put together!
Deveron paddlers going west,
Ferryboat to Larne works best
Never mind about the rest
We’ll find our way by GPS.
Chorus (as required)
We know how if you know where
And we don’t mind if people stare
We can surf the whole day long
So grab your kit and come along
Iain Brooker, so laid back
Boat is never off its track.
Alan Meikle, always brave
Now and again he’ll nick your wave.
Sandy sneezing all day long
Hope his cold will soon be gone.
Taking pics of all the rest
So we can see what they did best
Michael’s never in a fix
Young enough to learn new tricks.
Wields a tea towel, mustn’t grumble
He’s learnt to make an apple crumble.
Gary’s fast and never fashed
Even when he’s getting trashed
When the sea is out of reach
He plays at turtles on the beach.
We’d be lost without our cook
It’s 7 a day in George’s book.
Upside down on Iain’s ski,
Round the corner find a tree.
Alice and Norman were there too
Ducked some waves but caught a few
Always willing full of cheer
Really only there for the beer.
Marty had us thinking deep
Learning lots of new technique.
Nothing much was left to chance
We even learnt a brand new dance.
Thanks for help with the troublesome rack.
Specs and teeth though didn’t come back.
Scenic beaches wind and rain,
Why did we think of going to Spain
Deveron paddlers heading east
After a final Irish feast.
Really sad that it’s the end
We’ll do stern rudders back at Sandend.
We learned how, you showed us where,
We all got trashed but we don’t care.
Thanks to Iain we had a ball
So come and join us one and all.