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Monday, 30 May 2011
So the wind has continued to blow, and all the crew seemed to be out sailing over the weekend. I am pleased to say I was confined to family duties, and even as I write this, I notice the wind has picked up and blowing 25knts from the North West. Thats all well and good, but did I forget to mention its June tomorrow, and today was barely 11 degrees celcius ! So whilst the forecast looks set to change by the end of week, the great British unreliable weather seems to have become more of a reliable thing to predict - basically cold.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Ridiculously windy and no let up from the last 24hours. Feeling so tired from a full on session, and now totally disorientated from looking at all the GoPro footage from the top of the mast. Its far too tedious to post an edited video, so just pulled out some stills from todays action. Forecast is for more wind tomorrow - can't wait, although my body is sending me a different message.
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Apparently sailing a 'flat water location' like Instow is a 'no no' on a day like today. But by 9.30 the wind still hadn't settled and Steve and Paul lead the way with a trip across the bridge. Blue skies, a solid force 5-6 and some fun bump and jump off Crow point, made a nice change away from the continual battering of Westward Ho.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Really fun little session, and nice to sail with Matt just going move for move. Felt like a skatepark, with fun size swell to crank around on, and basically go for anything. Following the session bumped into someone telling me about trying the new Ezzy Wave Panther 3's. If anyone is interested I have some 2010 Ezzy Wave Panther 2's in a 5.2 /4.5/ and 4.0 - at £250 each. Forecast looks excellent for the week.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Near perfect side shore windsurf conditions , albeit gusty and fairly solid looking on the sets, or a perfect fun size wave to slide around on, on the mini simmons and hang with my nephew as he continues to progress with his surfing. In the end, it was a no contest, and despite the waves being rather poor, it was a lot of fun. Meanwhile downwind, Ed was certainly getting the best of it, and his commitment shines through. However watching the other guys, left me feeling like I probably made the right decision.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Really enjoyed my latest experiment with the Mini simmons, it really flew and definitely was an awful lot of fun in remarkably poor conditions. It proved to pick up swell as quickly as the long boards, but was so much quicker, and more fun to slide. However, sadly Its already in for repair, as I may have over sanded where the stringer was. So it gave me a great opportunity to get back on the Seedhouse Fish today. The forecast was 2-3 ft, but it seemed a bit weak, and despite this the fish still picked up really well and I enjoyed the session. The board is just so stunning, so its nice to actually get it going and surfing as well as it looks.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Despite cancelling my Birthday celebrations, it was great to catch up with my old windsurfing friend Rob and his family. Nothing quite like seeing old friends, and just catching up on whats been happening. One thing that I always remember Rob for, was his seeming ability to scare off the best conditions. Even if the forecast was perfect, we often used to think the curse of Rob, would kill off any wind, and even swell would flatten. Superstitious, and ridiculous really, but no apologies. True to form, despite a strong wind forecast, we really saw little wind during his visit, but literally within 12 hours of his departure, the wind notched up and we scored a perfect fun session in some micro swell and strong off shores.