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My short racing career..
My dabble with bike racing from '05 to '07.

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Bike racing is a massive amount of fun, I had some fantastic days but eventually realised windsurfing is the biggest buzz and comes a whole lot cheaper.

The novice year..
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Racing Roadstocks at Mallory and Darley Moore..
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Racing Streetstocks with NG at Donington..
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In '05 I managed to win both EMRA's Roadstock and NG's Streetstock 600 classes.

Formula 600 at Mallory
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In '06 I finished runner up in the F600 class, still on the old roadbike.

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For my final year I stepped upto a Gsxr 1000k5 -a total missile!
A huge amount of fun to race, but unfortunately it had an insatiable appetite for tyres -£200 a set, lasting one race, and 4 races a day!

BRANDS HATCH VIDEO

Despite being a senior instructor for Focused trackdays and getting great help from sponsors, I couldn't keep up with the tyre bills.

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Great while it lasted! I miss that bike..

And then there were the crashes..

Broke a few ribs and suffered nerve damage at Mallory. (100mph tank slapper out the Esses)

Then pretty much wrote the bike off at Donington.. (taken out at Swantze, 100mph+)
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Managed to get out the way of this one at Mallory, but it was a biggie for the rest..
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Fell off at Gerards twice -a 100mph+ corner at Mallory.

Then finally, flat out in 6th at the countries fastest circuit (Thruxton), at the end of the straight. I get punted off by a 'brakeless' bike, 160mph+..
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My bikes exited stage right, Tom and his bike are airbourne, I'm sliding on my arse at 150mph.
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spot the 2 bikes! The cbr ended up in the skip after bouncy 10ft in the air 3 times, luckily Tom was uninjured!
I got burns on my shoulder, through my leathers.

When your mum says bike racing's dangerous, she ain't joking!



Fat Face night windsurf
Well, what a great event, over 300 entrants to the racing!

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©Phill Luckhurst

Arrived at Hayling on Saturday to find good 6m weather, which soon turned to 5m and waves.

Just made it out in time for the first race; hadn't quite got things sussed but managed to sneak upto 6th in the National Fleet. Did slightly better as the conditions got gnarlier, then won the windiest gnarliest race outright just ahead of Phil Hozza Horrocks, -come on the wave-heads!! and all on my pocket wave 85 and 5m Icon.

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©Gordon Roach

The shorbreak got pretty vicious and took down a lot of top sailors.

After the Master Blasters and when night had drawn in, came the main event, the Night Windsurf.
Things started well as I finished 2nd in the Semi Final behind John Hibbard, but the final was a disaster. The wind had dropped and my Freestyle board was a bad choice -it just wouldn't go upwind underpowered and I missed the mark. Looping it in the dark barely planing was a mare too, so I crawled home in about 8th place. Usual story for me, right at the sharp end until the money's up for grabs..

Saturday night was a great social and for the first time ever I didn't drink, had a great time, stayed 'til the end and drove to the hotel we'd splashed out on. Must be getting old!

Sunday dawned with light winds, too light for my 7.5, so I had to settle for 4th overall in the National fleet racing. Happy with that though. Cribby won, with James Dinsmore second and Hozza third.

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©Phill Luckhurst

Well done and big thanks to the organisors, they really seem to have hit on the magic formula for a fun event.







Windy Wednesday at Horton
Off on my travels again, this time to Porthcawl and Horton.
2nd visit to Porthcawl and again it looked a bit limp and waveless, so continued on my way to Horton..

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Arrived to find the Fatface Convoy.

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Ok, it looks a bit shite, but it had it moments! 4m windy and head high, WSW and 40mph/8ft on the buoys.
Lots of potential I think with a bigger winter forecast.
All the pics were taken during my mid-tide break which coincided with the crappest conditions.
Finished sailing at about 7pm by which time it had got bigger and cleaner.

Here's the Fatface crew in action....

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And the dog, again..

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Tenerife

EL MEDANO, TENERIFE, JULY 12-26th 2008
All pics by Trudie Moore

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The view from our Hotel room window -the Arenas Del Mar (Newly refurbished and 100€ for half board with a really pimp double room). That's Cabezo Beach, with Harbour Wall mid shot and South Bay in the distance.

This year I decided to skip the usual trip to Fuerte and the speed event, and get some jumping practice in at El Medano. Thanks to Tris of the OTC for sorting me out some accommodation, 4 nights of luxury in the Hotel and then an apartment from Pauline Martinez overlooking Harbour Wall for the remaining 11.

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Harbour Wall at night.

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From Harbour Wall to South Bay at sun down..

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The view from Mount Roja looking upwind -South Bay, El Medano, Harbour Wall on the point and Cabezo behind.

So What of the windsurfing?
Well it blew good 4.7 for the first couple of days. There was a lot of weed at Cabezo and Harbour Wall never really seemed to offer much due to the tides being wrong -needing an incoming low to mid and a reasonable swell.


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Harbour Wall

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hen we had 3 windless days, which were very worrying with rumours of a long waiting spell -but fortunately it soon got back upto strength. 4.7 weather again but unfortuantely the dreaded weed still plaqued Cabezo so it was Harbour Wall..

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Ben at the Wall

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Not easy to get the board back down the wave!

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But occasional good hits.

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And the odd big lump.

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Again, onshore and a pitching lip make life tricky..

Cabezo does actually produce much better waves and more opportunity for jumping, even if the ramps are a bit random and the wind onshore, occasionally you'll connect one just right. Unfortunately Trudie didn't like being the camera girl there, so these are my efforts...

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Gman (Graham from OTC) proving his time in Tenerife is paying off!

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Local PWA World Tour hotshot Danny Bruch floating into an 'Upwind wave 360'

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And a downwind 'Taka'

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Danny finding a good ramp, even the locals would need 2 or 3 runs out back to find a big ramp.

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Sandro with his super high and very stylish backies.

Sandro is the guy that ran the kit storage, he's also a very good sailor!
Check out my video of the local contest, with Sandro and another local Valter making the final rounds...

CABEZO COMP

The contest ran over the final 3 days that I was there. It was windy on the first day but then in typical contest style it faultered for a while before returning to the normal 4.7 weather for my final day.

Most sailors actually hang out and sail South Bay, it's not really a wave spot but is good bump and jump, and far more forgiving than the rocky launches in Cabezo. It's also home to the OTC where you can test all the latest gear from all the main brands.



SO WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?

Trudies favourite place was definitely the Aqua Park, not cheap at 24€, but certainly great entertainment for windless days.
There wasn't really much else to do or go see but the towns were interesting (especially the Opera house in Santa Cruz) and the scenery pretty spectacular and varied...

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The road beyond Santa Cruz as it starts to wind up the cliffs


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North Tenerife

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The road in..

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Mount Tiede, the humungous Volcano that is Tenerife.

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Inside the crator.

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It's a lot greener than the others!

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Above the clouds.

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Tiede Sunset.

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Much of the landscape really is spectacular, these pics really don't do it justice..

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Woody!

Thanks to Tris at the OTC for helping me find flights/accomodation/lending his surfboard!

Pauline Martinez  616 30 46 48
Taxi/roofrack!  600 63 58 13

TENERIFE 08
A few pics taken by Trudie from my hols to El Medano, Tenerife..
All at Harbour Wall.

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