It was a Spring tide the day after a full moon
Paddling time - a leisurely 2 - 3 hours.
Weather - beautiful sunshine despite a forecast for thunder storms.
The tide was still coming in fast and the river was running quickly as we set off. As it was shallow by the river we stayed kneeling down until we were in deeper water where we stood up and found our sea legs.
As the current was strong we made good progress and had time to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way up the river, even stopping to pick some sea asparagus from the river bank. We met several people on our way along; dog walkers, rowers and Gurkhas running along the river. Everyone was asking about the paddleboards and if they could join us next time!
As we made our way up the river Frazer made sure he spent time with each of us to coach us on our technique, Frazer gave me some surfing tips and tuned up my paddle strokes for keeping the board tracking straight.
The time sped past as we chatted our way along and soon we arrived at the King’s Head, grabbing the long grass at the side of the bank there was a bit of team work to get the boards up the bank and into the garden. After which we sat out a rain shower and enjoyed a spot of lunch.
Paddleboarding is growing in popularity on the south coast and its not hard to see why. Its fairly easy to get started up on the board and the flat river makes for a smooth ride. The boards glide silently through the water and this is a wonderful way to appreciate the Sussex countryside without disturbing any wildlife.
Its a wonderfully tranquil way to spend an active afternoon.
To try this contact Frazer: www.brightonkitesurfandsupacademy.com