Saturday, 7 December 2013
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Its been another week of wind and swell and yet more sessions at GS, and to complete our run of luck, perfectly clean shoulder high swell over the weekend. Sunday morning was literally all to myself, and I got to spend some quality time on a new Hydrodynamica Fourke (courtesy of Rich Unsworth), so big thank you. I first took this board out a couple of weeks back, and it felt like there was too much volume at least for the wave size that day. But in the head high and under category, this is great fun. Like so many of the mini simmons shapes, this is fast in slack conditions, and it really makes an average surf so much more.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Its been pretty inspiring lately seeing so many loops (forwards and backwards), on almost every session over the last few weeks. Dan seems to have somehow got the perfect stall going on, Ian's clear control and precision, the Sauntonians as always high and fast, whilst Tim's are so smooth you forget the complexity. Having had a run of broken boards, and my fair share of bad luck, I haven't been so hungry for needless impact. That was however until the RRD quads loosened up my sailing. Feeling comfortable is a necessity, and things feel like they are starting to flow again. Of course, endless wind and back to back sailing also helps, but nothing more than a few words spoken by a friend seemed to be the biggest lift. Many thanks today for your momentary pearls of wisdom, they took me just that bit closer to landing/sailing out, as well as putting a big smile back on my face.
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013
It's an odd sensation gybing in perfectly flat water on the inside and then picking endless peeling lefts, off the point. Fully powered on a 4.5 and sailing such a beautifully remote peak was definitely made better by sharing with a couple of friends. Thank you so much for today, I think its time to start sailing here a lot more.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Its been a pretty amazing week, endless surf/windsurf and depending on your work/life commitments, you could pick and choose what time/conditions you wanted to get out in. This shot of Luke (taken by Glyn Brackenbury) gives you some idea of the ferocity of yesterdays condtions, which I reckon was the strongest wind/rain over the past ten days. Luckily both today and yesterday delivered some blue sky moments amidst all the rain, with today's early sunday (wind) worship feeling quite genteel with a WSW force 5/6. Hopefully the next 24 hours will see some respite, and then Tuesday a trip to our hallowed point break to sample the returning strong westerlies. Massive thanks to Ivan for introducing Roy Riley to the windsurfing fraternity, I am sure Matt and Nick will be forever in debt for Tuesday's shot in the Times.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
Friday, 1 November 2013
Have long been a fan of Galicia and if we manage to align our plans, I am hoping for an extended sojourn here next summer. Albeit to a somewhat smaller break, as even with todays pushing tide in the fading light, just overhead seems heavy enough.
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Was pretty shocked to see our session on the front cover of the times yesterday. MTC in full glory going for a suicide landing whilst pondering the merits of the RRD Wave Cult. Today was a more mellow affair as my timings finally coincided with high tide at GS, and shared a wave or two with Jem, and the Team Lobato. Forecast looks even bigger for the upcoming weekend, so wonder how the media will cover this, or maybe they can actually report some news this time.
Monday, 28 October 2013
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Saturday, 26 October 2013
Its not so long ago that when I started this blog, the name wind addiction came to mind. Peculiarly, the past few years have seen a tail off in my obsession, but its with recent sell offs of climbing and cycling kit, that I can firmly say I am ready to re-dedicate myself as an addict. Crossing the bridge to day with fellow wind disciple; Mark and I head up the unique unit of the ginger brotherhood. Southerly winds, and lots of friendly faces made the dark foreboding skies, nothing more than a nice backdrop to a fun little wave. The next 24 hours will be the tell though as the swell starts to wind up. Massive thankyou to aussie Tim who brought down my newly acquired RRD WAVE Cult Quad 75, and the kind words of Jon Shaw.
Friday, 25 October 2013
...and so it continues. Back to back swells, (with a lot of really great windsurfing in between) with a severe storm warning for Monday. The obvious point break will be the go for monday, but the severity of the storm is still in the balance. It's been hailed the 26 year storm, which makes you think this might have some bite.
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Thursday, 3 October 2013
At 60+ Aussie Tony is one of the guys you will consistently find at the beach come rain or shine. As long as the swell is decent and the wind is offshore, he can be found waxing his beloved Mark Neville design in eager anticipation. Always happy to 'share' a wave, and an elder statesman advocating peace and diplomacy over aggression.
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Picked up a 5'7 Channel Islands Sperm whale yesterday, and had one of the best surfs I have had in a long time. My journey with boards has been an interesting one, and whilst I try to avoid spending on fancy kit, sometimes buying quality really pays dividends. Obviously Al Merrick is one name synonymous with highly efficient surfboard design, so why has it taken me long to ride one of his boards ? The reasons are many fold, but after yesterday, today and no doubt the rest of this week, the affinity with this board will just grow. At c. 30 litres its fully submersed whilst I sit and wait out back, but when paddling the design is incredibly efficient, that it paddles like a board much bigger, yet still duck dives like a small short board. In essence I would describe this as where mini simmons meets shortboard, and something so very different to a fish. Quite how is not so simple to articulate, but its five fin setup, and sharp rails seems progressive like so much about its design. Whilst I loved the 5'10 Bing mini simmons, this craft is a serious step on, and one I will be keeping for much longer. Whether I will successfully template this and copy will remain to be seen. Currently I just want to ride it till its dying day, and mine for that matter.