Wednesday, 15 May 2013
This Quad fin beauty came through the post yesterday, and I just had to give it a baptism in the north westerly early this a.m.. It felt about as directional as a single fin to point up wind, plane etc. but what amazed me was how it felt on the wave face. These things are incredible to turn, as loose as a twin fin, but somehow felt quicker. I will try and critique in more detail when I get the chance, but in the meantime if you get a chance to try, I totally recommend it.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
Its been a pretty amazing weekend, and the wind seems set to continue at least for the next day or so. BST means evenings after work are an entirely new opportunity. Despite the temperatures being pretty cold for mid may, I have reverted back to my winter suit, and had some of the best cross onshore conditions tonight, since ever. Big thanks to the guys at SeaSprite for sorting me out with a new RRD 92 Wave Cult quad, I have loved the RRD Wave Freestyle 90 but it wasn't to be.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Friday, 19 April 2013
After a solid week of wind and waves, and then stunning blue skies, the only way to end the week is
with a few cold ones and dust off the BBQ. I am certain my physical malaise over the last week was a lot more psychological than I first realised. After offering my resignation, a weight seemed to lift from me. I managed to put life in to perspective once more, and scored two great 4.5m sessions in the cross onshore in the long evenings. North Devon is a truly stunning place, and with days like today, the dark days of winter seem so very far behind.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Didn't even look out back today, just headed straight for the beach. Forecast has been on fire for the weekend although 2 degrees (35F) is enough to keep you on your toes. That said, all I could feel were blocks of ice where my feet should have been. A school boy error of too much haste, left me without boots and the dilemma of a short surf, or the drive of shame. I opted for the former, and can just about feel my toes again. Thank goodness for Finisterre socks, and thank you for the new ones that arrived (by coincidence) this very morning.
Friday, 15 March 2013
Saturday, 9 March 2013
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013
Thursday, 7 February 2013
I have been fooling around with blogging now for perhaps a little too long, but viewing images and posts from so many sites, I still manage to stay inspired. Sadly the same cannot be said for Laura, loosing interest a while back due to the ill words of one person in particular. This person posted anonymously for sometime on her blog and clearly followed it with fervour, yet could never find anything pleasant to say despite their clear (unhealthy) fascination with it. What has transpired over the past 20 or so months was the ability to finally find out who this person was, and finally close the loop as to why. Of course, what actually went on in their brain is their own mystery and something I have no desire to understand. Simply it is enough to say we now know, and can't quite figure out why this person would still continue to seek our friendship.
The image above is taken from pinterest - la vita e bella, and perhaps more purely reflects the good intentions of so many authors and readers in the blogosphere. Long may this continue !
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Been wanting to just get out and simply go to work or take the poor old dog for a walk, but it all seems just too difficult right now. The cold arctic wind seems to give little respite as the wind chimes have been continuous since our return, and only a handful of windsurfers making it out to the spot for a nice little clean wave session. The only real bonus is that it is blue blue skies, appreciated all the more as it warms the back room. Take care out there !
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Got this great link from my old friend Trevor, who despite living on the far western shores of Vancouver island, follows the European windsurf scene pretty keenly. What I like about this, and so many of the sessions I have scored in the past, is that it harks back to when I first became interested in windsurfing. It was the ability to enjoy the very worst of the weather conditions, which is an important facet living in the UK. So when I see proper windsurfing like this getting the publicity it deserves, it takes me back to the times of hunting and tracking weather conditions, from the 5 am Coast guard reports at Sheringham point through the dark days of mid winter.