Slicing the water – with a blade

Narrabeen Lake, situated on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia, is a beautiful spot by the ocean.

It is mecca for kayakers, windsurfers, and paddle board riders, a place where you can spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with family and friends under a shady tree…

 With very few power-boats on the lake, which is about 10 kilometres in circumference, it is my choice for kayaking and makes for a great change from the daily rows on my C2 rowing machine, although I did get a rowing session in earlier in the day – just call me a creature of habit.

Today started on the chilly side, but warmed into a beautiful day full of sunshine and a cloudless blue sky. A day to good to waste so Janet, my partner, packed a picnic lunch into ‘The Landy’ and we headed to the lake for a training session, a bit of fun, and quite a few laughs with our friends.

TomO, our 12 year-old son, was waiting in ambush, as usual, at the end of my paddle, ready to toss me out of the kayak, but he was a bit slow off the mark and missed his chance today. Just as well, as the water is still quite cold…

Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia

Be sure to stop by the lake if you are visiting Sydney, and if you want to get out on the lake, drop in to see Matt Blundell, a world class kayaker, at his boat shed, Prokayaks. Matt will hire you a kayak, or paddle board and get you underway…

There is nothing better than kicking back and watching the sun settle behind the hills casting a golden hue over the lake, pure magic!


I hope you enjoy the clip of today’s paddle!!

 What did you do today?

9 thoughts on “Slicing the water – with a blade

  1. L-Jay Health August 28, 2012 / 12:00 am

    Would love to visit Sydney and would also like to go Kayaking one day as well! It seems like alot of fun and will really give you a tough workout!


    • The Landy August 28, 2012 / 4:52 am

      Both are great, especially when combined. There is plenty of opportunity to do it here!! And kayaking is excellent for fitness. Can you paddle somewhere near where you live?


  2. megadearth August 27, 2012 / 10:38 pm

    Awesome clip, makes me wish I could retire early and spend it out on the water. Not being able to swim isn’t an issue once I am in a kayak or canoe, go figure.

    I worked my first day in Oncology today and ran home in my Ninjas!


  3. rayle105 August 27, 2012 / 9:15 am

    Just checked out Moby, motivating sounds! Just wondering if your video is on Youtube, you should “broadcast yourself”. Yoga everyday plus breathing exercises and meditation.


    • The Landy August 27, 2012 / 11:28 am

      Only on Vimeo, and wordpress….not sure if I can do that on Vimeo, but I’ll have a look! I said to my son what music should I use and he came straight back with that track/artist (12 years old!)


  4. rayle105 August 27, 2012 / 4:54 am

    Australia looks beautiful, I love the webisode you shared. Kayaking is so much fun and I feel like I was out on that river, when I was watching your video. I love the background music too, who’s the artist? I am greatful for going to the best yoga class today and spending the rest of this beautiful Sunday teaching my three year old daughter how to ride her bicycle!


    • The Landy August 27, 2012 / 5:43 am

      Music is by ‘Moby’, song is Go. Narrabeen Lake is beautiful spot on our northern beaches…and yoga on a Sunday morning is awesome!!


  5. austerpilot August 27, 2012 / 1:21 am

    Nice little video – you’re really shifting in that Kayak! I’ve just ordered a Pyranha Fusion with Connect 30 outfitting to get some 2/3 day river trips in here in Scotland. Nice post. Again – inspires you to get out there 🙂


    • The Landy August 27, 2012 / 7:32 am

      Yes, a very fast boat. On a good day on Narrabeen I can do the 10 kilometres in 54/55 minutes, flat out doing it in my K1. They are designed to perform in larger ocean swells and measures in at 6.5 metres. At the moment I am running a short rudder more suitable for flatter water…and the lake. The Pyranha looks like a great boat, very versatile, especially as it can be used in white water…


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