Friday, 31 August 2012

Godrevy, Mexico's, and the Bluff all delivered this last week in Cornwall. I can't remember when sailing in such a location left me so inspired with my windsurfing. In the meantime, the RYA have been in touch pushing Project Windsurf. I signed up with them on Facebook, and I think they are keen just to get people back motivated into the sport again. For all the haters out there, I am fairly confident you won't be too impressed with their ambition to populate detail of good sailing spots near you, but for those who like to share, its worth checking out.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Early morning drop in session showing Hector how to (not) skate bowl.
After the Eden project, endless rain and countless dune walks, I was momentarily relieved of duties, at least enough for a surf. Godrevy still takes some beating even with all the crowds.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Waiting for the swell to push through, pretty much flat at first light - the horror.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The morning after the night before. Only one other out to discuss the onslaught of the previous day's swell. All my images lie deep at the bottom of the ocean, with only my minds eye to recall the events. It was a magical evening, with even an RAF helicopter flying low over us, checking out the size of the swell from 60ft above. Still can't believe I have lost my dear friend - GoPro, and yes I have been in touch with the manufacturers to talk about a design flaw with the strap. Update to follow.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Just an amazing day, solid both before and after work, and the winds went fully offshore. Bear and I checked home first and caught Jordan out at first light, looking like he was having fun. My session wasn't quite so great, but made up for it this evening. Solid swell and some great rides, up until i lost my GoPro. Totally gutted at loosing this awesome little camera. Its made a massive impact to the perspective of this blog, and I hope to get straight back out there and either find it or perhaps buy yet another !

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

As the tide pulled back this little beach break produced some nice punchy down the line wave sailing. The southerly was pretty solid and the waves started pushing through at head height, by the time the light started to fade. No doubt the morning will be even better and hopefully it will have backed offshore. But the best thing about today, has to be the new RRD FSW 90 (in the photo); an absolute gem to sail. Its my new favourite board, and felt great in the waves. One tip though, if you do own this board dependant on where you sail, I would swap out the 26 cm upright fin for a more full on wave shape and probably nothing more than 24cm - it worked so well but still stayed upwind.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Never seemed to have had the time to wax this christmas gift from the guys at Homeblown. However blue skies and a waist high little wave pushed me over the edge and I finally paddled out on the little 9'2 beast.
I had forgotten the simple pleasures of a longboard without leash, and only jumping bass to join me in the line up. 

Pleasure craft.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Missing the fresh air and being stuck behind a desk is usually exaggerated when the wind is blowing or the surf is on. But when my wife sent through some shots of her with the kids during the day, I felt so sad to be missing out and hanging with my best friends. Kids change everything, and nothing makes surfing/windsurfing seem so unimportant as these little guys.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Dropped down to Bude over the weekend and caught up with an old aquaintance, Roger Tout at his store in  town. This picture has been hanging over his till for a couple of years now,  and I meant to ask last time who took the photo. For those who don't know its a very famous spot nearby, and I just love the slab behind almost as much as the extremity of the surfer in amongst the storm. Clive Symm is a locally based photog, who has one hell stretch of coastline for inspiration.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Went running this morning, only to find what looked like a nice little section working at the bottom of the hill. Despite wanting to go in, I flicked through my Inbox and saw this lovely little clip from the guys at Finisterre. Seems like Skelly is moonlighting again as a model, but this time for the Cornish fine purveyors of Surf clothing - go check it out...and if you see him make sure you give him a hard time about it.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Still the swell continues, and as we watched one another on the take-offs, I think it was somewhere close to head high and very clean considering the southerly.  I look forward to a well deserved lie in tomorrow.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Not a soul out this morning despite the 3-5ft forecast and clean crosshore light breeze. One of those days you could almost imagine that no one else on the planet actually surfs.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Forecasted 1-3 ft, so I didn't bother taking my camera this morning. By the time I reached the beach it still  looked too small, but seeing a friend out, I wanted to paddle out to say 'hi'. Fortunately it turned into a really nice session and I picked off the best right hander I have seen for months. Stoked to be riding the Seedhouse Fish with a set of Rasta keel fins. The board felt really fast and I think the cross-offshore really helped boost the power and shape of the wave. Hopefully the swell is building and when it goes cross onshore I am ready to get out for session on the new RRD.