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South coast region proves an ocean paddler’s paradise

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The Albany region provides something for kayakers of all abilities.

From the Southern Ocean to the Kalgan River, kayakers have the option of a peaceful paddle or an adrenaline surge, depending on their preference.

The Albany Sea Kayaking Club came about five years ago when a small group of would-be kayakers decided to come together to try something new.

Since then, the group has expanded and now runs a regular Saturday session that covers between 15km and 30km of the picturesque southern coastline.

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ASKC member Gavin Evans said it was a sport in which anyone could get involved.

“Sea kayaking is for all types of people, ranging from those who only wish to paddle in perfectly flat water to those of us who go out in very big seas as well as being challenged by beach launches and landings,” he said.

The club is a member of the Sea Kayaking Club of WA and follows the rules and safety procedures of the State organisation.

Mr Evans said the region was well known for its diverse offering of kayaking locations.

“Albany is a paddling paradise with beautiful beaches, calm inlets, rivers and creeks, and of course the wild south coast areas such as West Cape Howe and Bald Head,” he said.

“My favourite area is Muttonbird as it has a couple of islands not far away, a channel and bombie reefs which are awesome to see close-up on big swell days.”

Mr Evans highlighted some of the benefits associated with the sport.

“I find sea kayaking a great challenge, great for core strength and it can be character-building at times,” he said.

Mr Evans said the club had spare kayaks available for use during the Saturday sessions and anyone interested could contact him on 0427 411 429 or head to the club’s Facebook page.

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