I have a project this year to get in the water surfing at least 21 times. I am calling this project Mentro 21, with mentro being Welsh for ‘to venture’. With a sunny Easter Sunday and a small wave predicted, where better to start the first surf (Mentro 1) than Newgale Bay in Pembrokeshire.
We arrived to a lovely small one foot wave, but this tailed off towards the falling tide as midday went into afternoon.
With a lack of surf adventure Molly was happy to step in for some action shots.
She even brought some friends…
…and made some new ones.
The sand level was very low and the low tide was exposing some quite bizarre sand banks. The children were finding these sandbanks get new lands to conquer.
The dogs were more interested in the rivers the sandbanks were creating.
Molly supervising Eddie here in some serious bobbing for pebbles.
We put Molly in the van for five minutes, to try and get her to take a break from charging up and down the beach with her mates.
She wasn’t happy.
And was soon nosing out the window.
So we let her back out on the beach…
…and in those sandbank rivers.
Those who had struck when the iron was hot, and got in on the early tide had been rewarded with a lovely little wave.
By the evening I was in less luck, but there was no way I wasn’t going to ‘mentro allan’ (venture out) for the first surf of the year. So I was a lonesome figure as I walked into the ripples. That is me tiny on the right (Get your reading glasses on).
Here I am in the line up.
Well basically I was the line up, but I got some small waves and got my hair wet for the first time this year. It wasn’t too cold even though the water temperature is nine degrees at the moment.
Mentro 1, the first surf of the year done. The next 20 hopefully will have a bit more action, like Molly here.
Whatever happens you can’t beat Newgale when the sun is shining like that and it was great see friends and family down on the beach enjoying it too. We had left home at 9.30 am and we got home at 11 pm. One seriously great sunny day.
With a fantastic Easter Sunday in the bag, we are now looking at a sunnier Bank Holiday Monday. Molly is in a bit of an adventure coma, so I think a simple day at Oxwich, Gower for us today. You should get out too, DimExcuses.