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Practicing coasteering on the English coast of Cornwall

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About 3 years ago I was lucky to meet a part of Wales. There I walked through its villages, castles, forests, lakes, beaches and small mountains. It was the first time that I knew that part of the United Kingdom and I was hooked on those timeless landscapes. So much so that the only story or long story I've written in my life was placed on the great Welsh island of Anglesey.

There we did trekking, zip line, we explored a couple of places by kayak and practiced, for the first time in my life, coasteering.

What is coasteering?

Well, coasteering, as almost always when you add the ending -ing to a word that refers to an accident of nature, is an outdoor adventure sport.

In this case, it consists of bordering a rugged sea coast in every possible way. That is, swimming, climbing the rocks and jumping back from them to the sea. That said it may sound very simple or boring, but I can assure you that it is not at all. You are constantly moving and obviously you must be guided by someone who knows that stretch of coast very well, it is essential to know things like the depth of the sea at the points where you are going to make jumps from the rocks, the type of current that exists, the washing machines that form the waves, where there are caves or interesting places, etc.

Where was coasteering invented?

Well, although I think we have all played to run along the rocks of the coast and jump into the sea, the birth of coasteering as an organized and commercial activity seems to have taken place precisely in Wales, around 2014. At least that's what the Welsh say.

The truth is that when I did it, in 2016, in Gorliz (Uribe coast, Basque Country) they sold it as a novelty in Spain.

What is the technique to be used in the coasteering?

To be able to properly enjoy the coasteering you will have to be able to swim and not be afraid to jump from the rocks to the sea (you put the height).

In addition, you will have to know how to travel with the waves, because they will be the ones that push you on the rock when you want to board one. You should not fight them, but let yourself go and adopt the squat position, so that your feet are the first to touch the rock when the wave pushes you on it. Then you support your hands and you get as you can.

Also the jumps have their trick, because you will have to take more momentum when you jump from a rock that has another hovering below. The clean jumps (without rock overhang that save something below) can be done simply by dropping.

Regarding the entrance to the water, it is best to make it stick, like a needle, and with arms crossed over the chestor - like a vampire in his coffin - to avoid hurting you by hitting the water. This may sound like unnecessary nonsense, but it becomes a tip to keep in mind when you jump from 12 meters (which was the highest I tried). On that occasion, although I entered the water well, I opened my mouth because of the scream I let out and felt a painful impact on my jaw. It was nothing, but I realized that the subject is like to be careful.

What equipment should I take to make coasteering?

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