Tuesday, 30 November 2010


Sat freezing in my little office at home, lots of pressure from work, and little solace on the horizon. So slipped out for a quick walk with bear, and looked at the clouds with a degree of hope. Hope that they might bring warmth, and perhaps a sign that swell will arrive for the weekend.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Polar 'Bear'

Literally chilling in the frozen gorse, Bear is my newest buddy. He's very clean living, as we don't drink much alcohol together, and we tend to walk a fair bit, usually just to the bottom field to check the surf.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


Got my haircut on the weekend, and read this article in the barbers; on the Norwegian Black metal scene. Some pretty dark overtones, but made for a great read. Funny to think that the land of trolls, telemarking and Fjords has such a twisted side. That said, all those mullets remind me of growing up in Canada in the late 70's and 80's. (If you can't stand the music move the slider to 1min 15 to hear the narration).

Monday, 22 November 2010


I heard a few rumours that the swell was big during the week, so was a little surprised to see the beach firing. Looks like Westward does get some swell, no wonder the locals cleaned up at the Tiki Inter clubs : )

Sunday, 21 November 2010


Well despite missing a week of seemingly amazing surf, there was still enough to give me a buzz and weaken me sufficiently to come down with cold/flu.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Sat on the shoulder.

Keep forgetting to take my camera out in the surf, and always seem to be in a rush right now. So, it was really nice to sit back on the shoulder of this head high set, and let Andy paddle for it. Clear blue skies, and a clean little swell, cleans my head from the stresses of a rather grim week of work.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


Missing home, missing the air, the cold winter skies, and most of all the people to share it with. Every weekend, whether swell forecast or flat, they all seem so special.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

The Horror

I don't know if it was worse missing the epic winds of mid week, or arriving very early morning to see this blown out mess. Such is the life of the digi slave, and I am begining to understand how people can get jealous if you are out there continually gettin' some. Full respect to the brothers who have enjoyed it this week, you have nothing but my admiration.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Same storm different coast

"The Hunt" Nicole from ALEK PARKER on Vimeo.


Thanks Ed for so many reasons, in part for sharing this, but really for not telling me what i missed today. Getting up up at Six tomorrow just to catch the last of the hate winds. It just sounds so angry outside, can't believed I missed it.

Sunday, 7 November 2010


For those who like to watch clouds !


Solo'd this morning, as I didn't want to harrass anyone with the poor forecast. On that note it was pretty fun, although definitely getting close to boots weather.
I always find as the chill sets in the number of takers for a dawn patrol tail off all too rapidly.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Lane time

To and fro back to the beach, and managed to miss it all. However on evenings like tonight, it isn't just about time in the water. The seasons are changing and it's this transition from Autumn into the bleakness of winter, that I just love.

Thursday, 4 November 2010


I am now firmly in the stable of the weekend warrior, so it was great to score this little two day bonanza of clean and small at home. Just can't believe how lucky you feel when wind or swell falls on the same day as the weekend.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Life is short...be kind.

Haven't been on the web much lately, so when I saw this I could barely believe it. How terribly sad, somehow makes you think how short our little existence is. Full respect to a truly talented surfer, and to someone who must be a considerable loss to all his friends and family.

Mighty Jordan

Jordan and team put Westward Ho! back on the map, winning the Tiki National Surf Interclub event held at Croyde. I haven't caught up with any of them yet, but just makes me proud to call Westward home. Well done to a truly talented group of guys, and check out Jordan's blog at Living the Dream