Q&A

A chat with Dave Adamson…

Hi Dave, how long have you been paddling?

I do not have a long history. I started kayak fishing from a SOT kayak in 2007. In 2009 I went to Skyak for an Introduction to Sea Kayaking with the legendary Gordon Brown. From then on I have been obsessive.

Why did you start Sea Kayaking?

I was absolutely rubbish at golf and wanted a new hobby as I drifted towards retirement. My life has always involved being on or under the sea, so it seemed a natural thing to do.

Of all your day trips, what has been your most memorable?

They are all great, I don’t believe I have ever landed after a day on the sea and said ‘that was shit, I wish I hadn’t bothered’. Some of my Anglesey training days with Nick Cunliffe and his peers have been memorable. I suppose I should mention an early trip when we chose to disbelieve the weather forecast and got caught in a F7 storm that made a return to a safe landing impossible. We crash landed at Hayburn Whyke and carried our sea boats half a mile up the track to the Hayburn Whyke Hotel. Big lessons learned that day J.

What’s been your most memorable expedition or camp trip?

They are all so different. My expeds abroad include Chile, Mexico, Greece, France and Norway. All fantastic! But probably going around Cape Wrath with my good mate Ken Oliver and the trip around the Small Isles of Rhum and Canna with my Brettange buddies Jean and Pascal was very memorable.

What boats do you have now Dave?

Unfortunately, I find it very difficult to get rid of boats. I currently have a Rockpool GT, Rockpool Allaw Bach, Valley Sirona 16.1, Jackson Karma GT, Dagger Axiom 8.5 plus the two I made myself, a Greenland skin on frame and a cedar strip Canadian Canoe. It really is time to move some on J.

What was your first boat?

I had an Ocean Kayak SOT which I used for fishing. My first Sea Kayak was a second hand Allaw Bach which I still have. My wife paddles it occasionally.

Do you have a favourite section of the Yorkshire coast?

I love it all from Bridlington to Saltburn. All very different and it’s hard to not be in awe when under the cliffs of Bempton. But I seem to be able to paddle around the Brigg to Cayton Bay almost weekly and I still never get bored with it.

If you were to plan your dream trip where and what would it be?

The Lofoten Islands, Norway. Most of my dreams come true eventually J.

Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunrise. It’s hard to get out of bed for but so rewarding!

Do you have a favourite piece of kit?

My Jetboil

So how about your best buy?

Has to be my Allaw Bach

Who’s your most frequent paddling buddy?

We have a group of regulars in our Scarborough region. Over the last year Chris Fisk, Simon Lambert and Claire Elizabeth have turned out most, but I will paddle with anybody who has a sense of humour and a positive attitude.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

I wish I’d known that every time I completed a coaching or leadership qualification, British Canoeing would change the rules within a year. Could have saved a lot of time and money!

Finally, tell my a hidden gem of Yorkshire?

The Beast Cliffs, Staintondale.