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DRIVEN BY WIND : DAY 2
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I tried to be better prepared for this one and made sure I remembered my GPS, scrounged a smaller board off Whitey and travelled down the night before. All good except that I 'slept' in the van -too cold, damp and noisy so I didn't start the day feeling very fresh..

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Image by John Carter courtesy of 'Driven by wind'

The board was a 43 wide Tabou custom, I felt that with the narrower tail I could use my 20cm fin for once -I bought it to use with a 4.5m but I haven't got one yet.
The walk out to the course was pretty shattering as usual with a 40knot head wind, the mud and a weight jacket.
First run was a disaster, I span out on entering the course for no real reason. Made my way back up the course and tried to forget about it and sail with confidence, but then the same thing happened on my next run. Hhhmm not good.
Seems that when overpowered on a 5.5 a 20cm fin isn't a good idea -as soon as I tried to bear off it would let go.
I guess I spent the rest of the day nursing the fin a bit and being very tentative as I didn't spin out again.

It wasn't a day for huge speeds though, as the chop was pretty bad in places and horrendous in others! It was more a day for spectacular wipeouts and putting your brain in your pocket.
My kind of stuff! -if only I'd had the 25 fin in..

I Surprised myself though and managed to get the 4th quickest 500 time of the day, on pretty much my only decent run.  Finian won the day with 44knots, with Whitey just behind and Martin Van Muers third.

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my Garmin gps results

Click on the 'Driven by wind' logo at the top for full results.

Thanks again to Whitey and all the team for their hard work in running the event, stoked to be a part of it.
Roll on the next one.

Oh, and thanks to Izzy my dog for guarding the van. Dennis Little parked next door wasn't so lucky and the thieving scum robbed his van -passport, phone, wallet, entry money. Gutting.







Wooly without jam!

WOOLACOMBE 
13th January 2008

Hampag's at dawn?  Coombeover first thing? All sounded a bit limp to me!

Wooly all the way!
Boy, was it a long day; up at 5am, collected Jamie from Worcester on the way, Wooly by 9, sailed 10 til 5 with a quick break at 2 to check the other spots, back home at 10.

Ok, you could say we got lucky, but seemed worth the risk to me, not often you get 30mph straight South in North Devon..

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SJ and me

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Local?

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Jamie..

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Notice jamie kit in the falls!

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Local?

Same old story though, the better the conditions, the less footage you get! So there's bugger all pics and bugger all video. But they tell the story i guess.

The best sailing was upwind where the waves were cleaner, but it was too far for video/pics.

It was over mast high all day, 4m sails and down the line.
Jamie broke two masts before lunch!, and the 4 of us (Jamie Hey, Steve Jarvis, Nick Moffett and myself) all got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time at some point and had huge drillings/swims. But we were all in the right place at the right time most of the time!

The wind finally went a bit funky at 4:30 just before it got dark anyway.

Only downer was the 35mph sideways rain which didn't stop and made getting pics/vid too much of a pain.

We all had a top day though, my best for a long long time!

I can't wait to get back there and sail it with 20mph and a proper ground swell! That'll be sick!

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pic by SJ

Webcam pic from the far end of Wooly..
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Cleaner waves at Puts but too offshore and gusty.
Coombesgate too messy.
Oysters was breaking but too blown out, Downend looked good early on but the tide was dropping too low.
Mid Wooly was actually breaking best especially first thing with the high tide, low tide brought sucky mast high doom infront of the carpark!

Short VIDEO of mast high Wooly by Steve Jarvis.





Xmas and New Year Cornwall
 
I SPENT XMAS AND NEW YEAR IN DEVON AND CORNWALL

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Marazion pic by Matthew www.guavajelly.co.uk


Xmas Day:

Had an awsome surf at Bantham, head high, low tide and glassy. About 10 people out!

Boxing Day:

No wind or surf in Devon. Walked the dog.

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Dec 27th:

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Sailed Gwithian. 5.7m side/cross-on and big dumpy waves, sketchy conditions for Gwithian! Only me out, everyone else went to tiny Hayle..

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pics by Trudie Moore.

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Dec 28th:

Sailed the Bluff from 9am with Jan Sleigh, Clyde Waite, the Kings, Moffet. Usual story, cross-off and super gusty. Some super nice rides on the glassy waves, but half hours blubbling for each ride..
Wonder if Gwithian had been better..

Dec 29th:

Marazion. Usual suspects. Super busy and understandably so; Westerly 5m weather and reasonable waves.

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Pic by Matthew Guavajelly

Dec 30th:

Surfed Porthmeor with Nick Moffet. Pretty sucky and barrelly. Couple of local Pro's out ripping it up.

Dec 31st:

Took some pics of the Seals at Godrevy..

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Good surf at Gwithian.

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The infamous Tomato-head-terrorists hit St Ives..

New Years Day:


Fortunatley not too big a hangover!
Surfed at Gwithian. Magic. Out with Stevie King, Nick Muffet and Gareth. Offshore and sweet overhead waves.

Pics by Simon Burgess..

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Steve King.

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Steve King.







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Fistral surfing

Sennen Saturday

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Looks great, but was horrible! super strong rip made it far too much hard work. Managed to get half hour at Godrevy before it got too dark..

Gwithian Sunday morning.

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Gwithian was tops but ruled by the long boards! and hard to paddle in with the strong offshore wind. Looked busy at Godrevy

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Fistral Sunday Afternoon.

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Fistral was ace! They had a contest on which seemed to keep the numbers down!

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The rights at little Fistral were sweet..

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The last couple of hours, the sun came out, the wind dropped to nothing and the line-up was empty! unbelievable!

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Used my Semi-fish the whole weekend, now thinking my shortboard is just gonna be too small to paddle into the big stuff, might be best for the small punchy days if anything..

Top weekend. Thanks to Nobles for the Oneill FLX suit, kept me plenty toasty (had to laugh at Moffat who was still cold in his gloves and gimp hat!)



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