Jump on board – I’ll take you for a paddle (Narrabeen Lake)

Baz - Terrigal Beach, Australia
Baz – Terrigal Beach, Australia

Narrabeen Lake, situated on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia, is a beautiful sun-drenched oasis situated right on the ocean.

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

Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia
Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia

 The lake, which is 10-kilometres in circumference, is my choice for kayaking as it has very few power boats on it and it makes for a great change from the daily rows on my static C2 rowing machine.

 Without fail, a pelican will glide by whilst out on the lake and how majestic are they to watch, something you don’t get to see on the rowing machine up in “The Shed“.

Rowing in the Shed
Baz on the C2 Rower

 Crikey, as much as I love climbing and mountaineering, and let’s face it you’d have to if you intend to climb Mt Everest, the other past-time I enjoy equally is just being out in one of my kayaks. Whether it is a training session, or just more of a laid-back paddle with friends…

 These days, I mostly find myself paddling my 6.5 metre long Epic kayak, a beautifully crafted and sleek boat which is quite fast, well in the right set of hands it is – but I’m working on that!

Baz - kayaking Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia
Baz – kayaking Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia
Epic Kayak, Narrabeen Lake, Australia
Epic Kayak, Narrabeen Lake, Australia

Next year this will be my choice of racing boat in the winter marathon series, a series of 20-kilmetre races run monthly for about nine-months.

And no, our winter doesn’t go for nine-months, so I’m not sure how that works out!

 Over the Christmas break I’ll be hanging up my climbing gear and heading for the lake with family, friends and the kayaks, to get some training in, and to simply enjoy the smell of the fresh sea air…

Baz - Boar's Head, Blue Mountains, Australia
Baz – Boar’s Head, Blue Mountains, Australia

 Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret, so don’t tell TomO, but he’s got a paddle-board coming for Christmas, so maybe he’ll get it a day or two early, just so he can get Out and About on it this weekend coming. After all, it’s pretty hard to hide it up in “The Shed” with him seeing it…

TomO, The Haven, Terrigal, Australia
TomO, The Haven, Terrigal, Australia

 And after a lap or two of the lake there is nothing better than kicking back and watching the sun cast a golden hue over the water as it sinks into the western horizon…

Anyway, jump on board, I’ll take you for a spin around the Lake!

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20 thoughts on “Jump on board – I’ll take you for a paddle (Narrabeen Lake)

    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 7:32 pm

      Thankyou…The Blue Mountains is a great spot!

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 7:32 pm

      Kind of missing the paddling recently…be out there over the next few days!

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  1. icescreammama December 18, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    Go TomO!! Those pictures are just what i needed, beautiful, relaxing, sunny, sweaty good fun. i love it!! i feel my stress melt just watching. 🙂

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 1:42 pm

      It is just like that today!

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 7:24 am

      Thank you very much, I’m extremely flattered!

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 5:26 am

      I can only live in hope!

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  2. Birgit Nazarian December 18, 2012 / 1:39 am

    i really wanted to do stand up paddle board this last summer. But I guess that this summer it’s better for me anyway. I am working hard on my core muscles and now my spine is fully fused I should have a fighting chance in the water!! 😀 What a hard working man you are! Hard core outdoorsman. I like it. 🙂

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 3:38 am

      It is great for core muscles…and we love being outdoors!

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      • Birgit Nazarian December 18, 2012 / 6:26 am

        We do too! Yes plus I think the paddle boarding is kind of sexy. I would like to do it in Hawaii! 😀 But I will probably have to settle for doing it in Ohio here on a sketchy lake.

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  3. belgradestreets December 18, 2012 / 12:16 am

    I miss taking out my Hobie Odyssey on the waters in and around Sydney, so great to read this! Andy

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 3:39 am

      Thankyou! ANd we’ve got such a great spot to be doing it in!

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  4. Lisa December 17, 2012 / 11:44 pm

    TomO is a lucky boy. A paddle board is on my list of “stuff I want” but I don’t think Santa will bring one this year. Maybe the birthday fairy will.

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 3:36 am

      Yes….indeed! Although, we like to encourage anything that involves exercise…

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  5. sweetlybalanced December 17, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    I’ve been kayaking a few times and loved it so I can see why its one of your favorites! One of these days I am going to buy my own kayak to go out as much as I want!

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    • The Landy December 18, 2012 / 3:39 am

      Yeah…get one, you’ll love it!

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