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©Marouska Fili

WAVEJAM 5 went off in mid January..

The write-up is now on the Wavejam site

And loads of pics in the Gallery section by Jon Parker, Matthew Burridge, Joe Cockle and Marouska Fili.

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©Joe Cockle

Cornwall again, borinnggg..
This must be about the 10th weekend since xmas. But yet another Fantastic one!!..

FISTRAL SATURDAY(again)

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Another awsome day of surfing at Fistral with Adam Gustaffson. Loads of sweet waves..

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But a lot more crowded than last time. Still had more than our fair share though.

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None of these are of Adam or me, these are what I took after we came out the water when the waves had gone a bit soft.

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I'm starting to wonder if I'd better stop advertising how good this place is on here..

PRAA SUNDAY(again)

Pics by Adam Gustafsson. Not many as he rushed off to avoid a clamping and these were the early ones before the surf picked up with the tide...
I now park on the yellow's on the road, which is fine until June 1st!

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Rigged the 5.6 and 93 Pocket.

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Very little wind (nothing like as windy or wave as last Sunday, but otherwise quite similer. ie. sunny, cross off and punchy), but some great little rides. Pretty much managed a decent air on everywave, sometimes 2, except towards the end when the wind got stupid light.

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Actually makes me wonder if you need these big lightwind boards. I really fancied a go on one of those 'longboard waveboards' or 'Big fish' like the Seal, but now I'm not so sure. At times there was barely 5mph of wind (maybe even zero in the holes), but the 93 ltr was fine for wobbling out and ripping it up. Maybe if the waves were really weak and fat, a skatey fish might make it more fun, but in proper waves however small a regular waveboard still rules I reckon. (probably the same deal as with SUPs/longboard vs shortboards)
Thought I may have upset a few surfers as I was gunning it down the line, pretty much making there efforts futile, but I think most were pretty impressed.(one did say it looked more fun) I wonder if they'll have a look at getting into it.

Should probably repeat that the pics don't do the day justice! Think sun, head high, aerials and sweating in your wetsuit in March.. (althought the waters blooming cold for surfing at the mo)

Blackie made it out for a bit too. And talking of the man himself, if you ever need any surf stuff (boards, deckpads, fins) he's probably the cheapest place in the country. You can find him just off the StIves round about on your way to Penzance, The Wetsuit Store.
Praa sands
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Spent the weekend down at Praa. (wish these damned endless waves would stop!)
Forecast was for 3ft at 18seconds on Saturday, perfect for the girlfriend to practice I thought, until I arrived to find this!..

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And got stuck into a bit of this..

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This may just have sneaked 'best surf in ages', but I've had so many good ones lately it's a close call (and the £75 clamp removal after I overstayed my ticket kinda ruined it, b*st*ds)

These little beauties didn't half pack a punch too -I finished the day with a very 'dead' leg, a bruise on my forehead and various other bangs from getting caught in the barrel and tangled up with my board (the dead lag REALLY blooming hurt!)
Trudie did NOT have a good time and only lasted ten minutes. whoops.

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Twas a lovely day though.

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Took a look at Leven at Dusk
Decided to get up early the next day and try to get it to myself. Forecast was for 7ft at 14seconds.

Arrived at 6:30am in pretty much the dark. Could just about make out it was FLAT from the van, couldn't bloody believe it. Then wandered round the rocks to take a closer look and found there were 2 people already out!! and it WAS flat!!!

Went back to bed until 12. Checked Praa again and it was shoulder high, tried for a surf along with 200 odd other people (obviously all fooled by Seaweed too) but it was rubbish, breaking too fast. Luckily the wind picked up straight away to 5.5 weather and had a pretty fun afternoon launching airs off the barrelling shore dump. Short rides but some wicked smacks to be had. So got lucky again really!

Fun at Fistral
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Fistral on Saturday was sweet! We had little Fistral to ourselves for half an hour and caught some absolute beauties. Almost as good as Jan 3rd..

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There weren't many out despite the pumpin swell, reasonable temp, and a student comp!!


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This dude ripped (or atleast someone in a red vest did). Saw him get fully covered for 2-3 seconds at one point and make it out.

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Watergate on Sunday was a far more mellow affair, ended up sunny and glassy after lunch. But not the best day ever with small closy out waves. Can't complain though, top weekend.
Adam in Kernow at Watergate..

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Hells bells
All pics by Farrel Oshea.

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Turned up at 10:30 to find a very disappointing amount of wind, it was nearer 15mph than the forecast 25. But thankfully and more importantly a pretty decent amount of swell was running -logo high on the sets. It was high tide when we arrived (just Farrel and me), so the waves were breaking a bit soft, then dumping viciously near the shore. The dunes were also making the wind light on the inside, so getting out was going to be sketchy to say the least.

Farrel hung out and took pics for about an hour before he got too cold (I had hot aches at first, it was pretty bloody cold) and left me with the place to myself for the day, no other bugger turned up!


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I sailed with the 5.7 and the 85 DaCurve. The 85 doesn't really like having a big sail on it, but it worked pretty well in the clean waves (better than in the onshore gusty stuff I sailed before at Gwithian..)

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I could plane about and get the occasional jump, so the wind wasn't too bad.

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Unfortunately there's no pics of when things got considerably better! The tide dropped, the waves picked up and cleaned up, and I sailed further upwind towards the Southern End and on the reef. (the wind was also more offshore up there)
I had two super memorable waves, both almost identical, where I came up under the lip and got spat 10ft straight out the front in very little wind. The first one was so violent and I landed so over my kit and out of shape I banged my head on the boom!  Those two waves made my day for sure.

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I've now had 2 really good days at Hell's -one last year in a NNW and this one in a SE. It really can turn on the goods when you catch it right, but it's a really hard place to get the swell forecast accurate.

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