Matt Strickland

Matt is very keen and providing high quality kayak rental, guiding and coaching taking special care to make sure that the very special nature around Kullen is protected at the same time.

Matt grew up in the UK near London, his interest in water sports can be traced back to a canoeing and sailing beginners course at Thames Young Mariners where he got his first canoeing certificate (British Canoe Union one star kayak). A year after this he joined the school rowing club and spent as much time as possible training and competing in almost every type of rowing boat, from single sculls, fours and eights. This became an obsession that lead to numerous race wins; including two national championships and rowing for the England junior team twice.

Moving to North Wales in 1987 to study Biology at Bangor University a many year affair with rock climbing and mountaineering followed. Primarily traditional rock climbing (no bolts ) but also with some sport climbing, snow and ice climbing, and the odd alpine summit like Mont Blanc, lots of training on indoor climbing walls and a few competitions.

A two year stint back near the River Thames after university was mainly spent flat water kayak racing with Elmbridge canoe club, time well spent learning very efficient forward paddling technique which would come in very handy for sea kayaking.
Back in Wales again in 1994 and a job at Plas Menai National Watersports Centre for Wales, where he stayed for ten years, becoming a sea kayak and white water coach as well as teaching mountaineering, sailing, power boating, coasteering, canyoning, team building and running a sport science and outdoor education course with a local college.

During this time he lead many sea kayaking trips away to; Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Norway and Sweden, not to mention the hundreds of days spent round the challenging coast of Anglesey and the Menai Straits. There was also time spent totally rebuilding and renovating a traditional Welsh stone cottage in the mountains which absorbed any spare time away from work.

In 2004 Matt changed jobs to work for Environment Agency Wales, as an access and recreation advisor, helping to negotiate more public access for recreation to the rivers and lakes of Wales. Much works was also developed in promoting environmental awareness amount recreation users about what impacts their activities might have. Four films in the ‘Reconciling Conservation & Recreation’ were produced for Gorge Walking, Coasteering, Enjoying the Rivers and Lakes of Wales and Sea Kayaking in Wales.

Cycling has always played a big part in life and after running an informal ‘Thursday Night Biking’ group for a few years, Matt completed and published his best friend Pete Bursnall’s Mountain Bike Guide to North Wales (Pete sadly lost his battle with skin cancer before he could finish it).

In 2014 and after a couple of years of planning the Matt. Åsa and their two sons Oscar and Erik, took the plunge and moved from North Wales to Strandbaden. Meeting with Cliff from Kullakajak soon followed and the obvious involvement with Kullen and kayaking followed.

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Ella: +46 (0)70-920 14 86
Cliff: +46 (0)76-765 64 00

Svanshalls Hamn
263 92 Jonstorp