Monday, 25 November 2013

Had to share this as its such a great little short, and it's getting me psyched about a special little place we  surf tomorrow. Cold easterlies, and so much blue sky has made the run of small clean swell all that much sweeter.

Friday, 22 November 2013

After last week and a forecast of winter coming, I really had no expectation of yet more angry winds on their way. Instead mid week, we got bone chilling/arm wrenching Force 7+ in pretty amazing conditions. 

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

WHEN THE SEA CALLS from Ant Sullivan on Vimeo.

Bumped in to Ant Sullivan on Tuesday who sent me this link to his movie. I usually only bump into Ant in the water, hence hard little/no idea of his talents elsewhere. Enjoy the clip. 

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

Quit work, drop out and surf more; Will Brawn you are an inspiration !

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

The early blast just before the storm really kicked in. This was mellow compared to how the afternoon unfolded; 70mph plus with local opinion claiming the biggest seas they had ever seen (Fairway Buoy - 21ft).

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.