Ashley started kayaking when she moved to Norway in 2010. She stumbled across a job working in a camp school where kayaking and canoeing were lead activities so she soon became introduced to the water. Already having passion for the sea, Ashley quickly found her new passion for kayaking.

After a year or two of paddling in the Fjords she found that there is a whole world of sea kayaking out there, a lot to discover and learn. She got introduced to the BCU system and started to dedicate time to climbing the ladders.

She has spent time exploring the coast of Norway, Anglesey and Costa Brava, holding courses, and coaching freelance for different clubs and organisations. She has also been responsible for running a paddle symposium on the west coast of Norway for a few years.

Ashley enjoys coaching and spending time on the water with friends, but she does have a soft spot for long solo trips. She has completed a number of nonstop circumnavigations on the west Coast of Norway still waiting for others to challenge her time. She has the fastest known Solo and team time around Europe’s largest inland island Osterøy.

Ashley will be taking on the challenge of leading a team around Ireland this summer.

Ashley’s boat of choice being a small and lightweight paddler is her Pilgrim Expedition Carbon Kevlar which will be joining her around Ireland. She does also enjoy paddling her standard Pilgrim on trips where playing and manoeuvring around the rocks. Paddle of choice is her 4 piece Celtic Pro paddle, 650 blades, feather R-60, length 202.

Ashley is a BC 5* Leader & UKCC L2 coach with moderate water endorsement.

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