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So its New Years Eve and I keep seeing wrap up videos popping up from everyone’s fantastic years, Unfortunately I’ve spent this year “injured” and awaiting surgery, Luckily tho I’m typing this one handed as I eventually got my surgery, so a poor domestic year with little paddling done in Ireland but I did manage to sneak away at any opportunity with a few big changes this year and plenty more to come next year with only 3 weeks left in a sling then onto rehab and come back bigger and stronger.
Heres some of my favourite moments from 2015!
So January started in the flooded Kerry hills my first NY in Kerry with Bren, Rowan and every other paddler so plenty of paddling and a nasty pin/siphon with trees left me battered and sore on the Gaddagh luckily theres no video of this so Il leave it out and top January moment was a beautiful winters walk into Ness Country Park to check out the Famous Ness Falls
As alway here come Varsities, this year back in Galway and a quick spin and dip on the Boluisce was in order
I also managed the session in my new Gui Gui Helixir (Id had 6 month but hadnt paddled due to injury)
We headed for a break in France, with some wave paddling, chilling with good friends followed by Disney land the perfect break.
On our return it was a time for Club Champs
We headed for a week in Donegal meeting the new baby Eva, Frandenbroek, some local exploring and the Inishowen Sea Kayak Symposium
May started with the worldwide wings for life run in Dun Laoghaire
And the Banff Film Festival walked in
England football team came to town.
And I hit Europe for a couple of weeks
Germany-Switzerland-Austria-Italy in a whirlwind tour.
King of the alps followed by some big volume Swiss fun!
Still waiting for shoulder surgery I battled on with the help of my trusty Shoulder survival kit
We headed to Sharm Al Shaikh in Egypt for some sun, sea and sand.
Diving, snorkelling and quad biking!
So August, I left my job at Great Outdoor……. and we got another Puppy!
Im sure everyones seen Marlon hes a French Bulldog with a spinal cord injury but hes progressing really well! nothing else really matters in August because Marlon (and Penny) are soooo Awesome!
This month was all about the Liffey with first up Odyssey on the Liffey
and then Liffey Descent
In between we had a quick dose of KanuMesse to see the latest and greatest from the paddlesport industry.
and a new Yak and Pyranha Delivery Landed on my door
So once again back to Europe – This time by road.
A stop at Sickline to see lots of friends but sadly not compete due to injury.
And home just in time for CranaFest weekend
At last time for surgery (another post on this soon) but after 18 months of waiting about time
A visit from Mom And Fi
The Annual Turkey Race
And Christmas was a one handed affair at home with the Puppies and Jen.
So to wrap up its been a pretty good year with some super highlights (Marlon) and big changes.
Now its time to start the rehab and get set for an action packed 2016
Thanks to everyone for being a part
#keen #yak #icanoe #greatoutdoors #walshyway #pyranhakayaks #jackwolfskin #mom #frenchies #jen
See you on the water
…………. Well about June 2016 I hope.