Stoke-on-Trent is not the most obvious place to live and to take up a new activity based entirely on the sea. But, after many years of different sports, sea kayaking is now what I ‘do’, and I’m pretty sure it’s here to stay. Sea kayaking can involve a lot of time moving slowly, through a salty landscape giving plenty of time to think, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about why I sea kayak.
I really didn’t like sport at school, I was terrible at football, shocking at athletics and disinterested in just about every other sport. My sports journey started through Scouts; there I was introduced to a wide range of (to me) more exciting sports like grass skiing (which I hated), orienteering, climbing, hiking and an assortment of water sports. At the time only hiking really ‘stuck’ and for most of my youth you would find me trudging across Dartmoor with a big pack preparing for one long distance walking event or another.