In the last few years the water sport which has seen the most dramatic growth is stand up paddleboarding. In Jersey this is most obvious in St Brelade’s Bay, the home of Absolute Adventures. Throughout the summer months we offer daily SUP sessions, under the expert guidance of our qualified and experienced coaches.
During the winter we spend time out on the water, increasing our skills and looking for new challenges. Little did we realize that we would find such an exciting challenge, so close to our home base.
We paddled out of St Brelade’s to the closest offshore reef, Les Kaines. These are the rocks which are frequently seen on our daily kayak tours during the summer months. Landing our boards on the closest rock we proceeded to coasteer along the whole reef. Swimming and scrambling along the reef, which we see so often but I am not sure we had ever landed on before.
That is the great thing about St Brelades Bay, there is such a variety of activities available so close at hand. As we paddled back into the bay the weak January sun was setting but we felt excited to have been able to something so completely different.
This would be a perfect area for coasteering from kayaks, so if you are interested why not get in touch and look for some dates for the summer of 2017.
Amazing conditions for the beginning of January. Paddling past Beauport.
Janet heading past Beauport, wearing rather more equipment than we would normally.
Climbing to the top of the highest rock in the reef.
Getting ready to swim out to the reefs to the south
After swimming and scrambling along the reef it was back on the boards.
Heading back to St Brelade’s as the January sun set.
Although St Brelade’s provides some superb coasteering during the quieter months of the year some of the staff enjoy getting out and exploring some different sections of Jersey’s coastline. The other day in perfect winter sunshine and a complete lack of winter swell from the North Atlantic we explored the section of coast between L’Etacq and Grosnez.
It was continuously interesting, plenty of swimming, numerous small jumps and an entertaining struggle through the cave, which runs underneath the Le Pinacle, one of the most dramatic physical features to be seen around the coast of Jersey. Also we were able to climb over the German guns, which were thrown over the cliffs at the end of the Second World War, something we had done several weeks previously whilst out kayaking.
The great thing about coasteering along this section of coast is that it takes you to areas, which aren’t really accessible by any other means. Enabling us to experience parts of the Island most people don’t even know exist. The whole trip took over 3 hours, which is probably too long for groups but we will be looking at offering shorter sections of the coast as part of our coasteering programme for the summer of 2017. Contact us for an individually designed programme for your group, whether that’s family, friends or work colleagues.
Approaching Le Pinacle from the south. An important historical site in north west Jersey
The cave runs from south to north under Le Pinacle
Swimming through one of the numerous narrow gaps along this section of coast.
Scrambling over the German guns under Les Landes.
Looking north, still a long way to go.
As the autumn gales rush towards Jersey it doesn’t mean that the adventure has to stop. Absolute Adventures are now able to offer guided walks along the south coast accompanied by a local Blue Badge Guide. Many of you know that St Brelade’s Bay is a superb venue for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding but how much do you know about the history and geology of the area?
Possible walks are across the bay to explore the history behind La Cotte de St Brelade as well as hearing about some of the characters who have called St Brelade’s Bay home or heading west towards Beauport and Corbiere to admire the superb coastal scenery. Over the next couple couple of weeks some possible walks will be described in more detail so check back to find out more or better still book a walk and experience the area for yourself. Contact us via e mail or on 07829 881111.
La Cotte de St Brelade, one of the most important archaeological sites on Jersey
Looking across St Brelade’s from Pt Le Fret
The coast just to the west of Beauport. The cliffs along this section of coast are particularly memorable.
With the quieter months up on us, some of the Absolute Adventures staff have been taking advantage of their time off to undertake further training and assessment towards national governing body awards. This weekend some of our instructors were on a British Canoeing 4 Star Assessment, we are pleased to say that all were successful. Saturday was kayaking off the north coast of Jersey whilst Sunday was along the south coast, between St Brelade’s and Corbiere. It is an area that we know well because we run daily kayak tours from our base in St Brelade’s Bay during the summer months. This is all part of the process of making sure that our staff are some of the most qualified and experienced on the Island.
If you are interested in taking some of the British Canoeing awards then get in touch as we can arrange courses from introductory levels right through to the most advanced personal awards. We want to share our passion for kayaking with you but also provide you with quality training.
Kayaking past the cliffs on the way to Beauport, this is an area that we use everyday in the summer on our kayak tours
On our kayak tours we often land to explore some of the many interesting coastal features.
Jersey has some fantastic coasteering routes and Absolute Adventures is recognised as the leading provider of coasteering sessions on the Island. Amongst our favourite areas are the Octopus Pool at Greve de Lecq and Beauport and Gorselands on the south coast.
The season might have finished but we have been out exploring Jersey’s coastline, researching potential new sites, which will appeal to both our new and our regular clients next year.
The first location was a large rock pool, rather like the very popular Octopus Pool, but in an area very few people know about and even fewer visit. The second location will appeal to those people who enjoy the challenge of exploring the coast whilst experiencing some of its history, under the cliffs of the north west corner of Jersey. We look forward to introducing these exciting new areas to our many clients in the summer of 2017.
Descending the cliffs on the north coast.
We took a quick swim in the pool. A perfect place for exploring in warm weather.
Traversing across the rocks towards the German Guns, which are a very surprising find. There are so many of them, providing a tangible link to the Occupation.