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Another trip to the Thurso area, this time with PWA ripper Ben Proffitt in March 2012.. 

see pics on below or higher res here...  http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevethorp/sets/72157631568372277/ 

Ben's account here...   http://benproffitt.com/?p=1274 

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Random scoring

 

ImageP'land surf at 7am wednesday.

 

Had a couple of epic surprise sessions in the last week. First off I was down in Devon with the folks, plenty of surfing as expected, but certainly didn't expect x-off 4.7 weather at Woolacombe on bank holiday Tuesday. Much windier than they had in Cornwall and a pretty epic day. Only shoulder high but really punchy and full power going down the line at mach10.(sorry no pics) A good warm up for this... 

 

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Had to work Thursday and Friday so missed super windy Thursday. Finished work at 4 on Friday afternoon and headed off on the 2.5hr drive to Kirby to catch the last of the wind. Arrived just before 8 to see a handful of sailors out -probably 25mph tops and raining. Rigged the 5.5 which is as big as I ever use really and left the 17cm Moo-k4fin in the usual 40 Moo board. First runs were just over 40knots. Gradually the wind picked up and everyone drifted off the water. Then I started to get 45 maxes, and eventually at 9.30pm a 49.5 knot max! By this time things were getting a bit blurry and a couple of runs later I called it a day as I couldn't see the chop. I'd not fallen in a single time, so figured I'd not push my luck even though the kit felt rock solid going away from the wall into death chop.

GPSRESULTS FOR KIRBY - http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=forum&forum=2&val=38574

The trouble with speedsailing is, it's hard to be totally happy unless you beat your pb's, and that usually depends on extreme weather. With a 45.1 knot average this was actually my 3rd best day ever, and the conditions seemed far from perfect, not massively windy and a pretty short session so I should be stoked with those results, but somehow wishing I'd gone quicker. Then I arrived home at 1am to see that the Dutch guys had completely smoked me again, and everyone else! actually raising the bar for speedsailing by a fair margin..

GPSRESULTS FOR THE BRACE - http://www.gps-speedsurfing.com/?mnu=forum&forum=2&val=38567 

Jurjen pushing the 5 times 10 sec average to an all time gps record of 48.4 knots! -beating Anders Bringdals 48knots achieved at the trench Luderitz. And also taking the max 2 second speed off me by 0.03 knots to take it to 50.51! 

I've some new 2012 SCR sails on the way (was using a 2010) and we also have some new fins to test very soon -made from new moulds, with new techniques and a new material. I can't help feel that these fins are my secret to being competitive at 76kg! So hopefully I can take the max back on the next big blow.

 

Off surfing tomorrow in the NE, so expecting double overhead barrells! :)

 

 

 

BWA Rhosniegre

ImageImage by BWA/Dave White

 

Everytime I enter a wave event I get the lamest conditions for my heat, loose interest and swear never to bother again. This time was no different.. there we were, me and my mate Potter, fighting over last place in 1ft slop with a redundant sail in the first heat of the event. Only this time I was quite interested in kicking Potters arse or I knew I'd never hear the end of it. Whoever won had to face British No1 and sailing buddy, Ben Proffit, so it was going to be a pretty short day either way. It ended up with Potter dead last and myself 2nd from last.. standard contest for us unseeded monkeys.(neither of us having competed for over a year)

Day 2 and we abondoned the windless event to score some pretty decent surfing.

Day 3 and the final day of the event was forecast some proper solid conditions and a chance to fight back in the double elimination. It started off as 4.2 weather, but was soon up to the typical Rossy full power 3.7. Luckily PuraVida Jim lent me a brand new small mast for the 3.7 and I was super comfortable on that all day (with the 75 Fly and 15 flex twin fins).I managed to squeeze through several heats and fought my way up to Jamie Hancock in 6th. Jamie had been hanging onto a 3.7 (smallest sail he'd bought) all day, probably for dear life bearing in mind he's only 60kg ish and I heard him say he was pretty shattered. So figured I had a good chance of taking him down despite him being a full ripper, this was pretty much when the wind eased back and I guess Jamie ended up the better powered of the two of us. I got a bit lost at sea but was totally chuffed to finish 6th in a very strong field of PWA'ers  and winteraway'ers (all 5 infront of me are World Tour windsurfers). Perhaps they should run a 'privateers cup' as part of the Pro fleet with the rules being no more than 3 weeks windsurfing outside Britain a year and have a full time job!  Good idea I reckon.

 

Image Results from  BWA site

Respect to Adam Lewis for breaking into the top 3 'aliens'! and the aliens for their super impressive sailing in the finals and big stunts out the back.

Image Image by BWA/Dave White

 

And one from Windy Sunday..

Image Image by BWA/Dave White

 

Lots more pics and info including the live stream on the BOARDS FEATURES PAGE and event podcast.

 

Really enjoyed the event, thanks to all the organisors and sailors for making it a great weekend. Gutted having to wave everyone off to Ireland for round 2 and going back to work on Monday. I might swing it next year if I can get wife Trudie to change her Birthday... Looking forward to the Cornwall round in October, hopefully I can make it and it delivers some epic conditions and the down the line stuff I usually sail.

 

 

Not quite Leven
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Headed to Cornwall at the weekend for a forecast of big 15second lumps and South West wind Saturday, followed by 8ft at 12 and NNW 40 knots Sunday.

Ended up at the Bluff on Saturday. Good session with lots of happy faces, sun out, no hat or gloves, head high waves and most people on 4.7s (me included, turned out way too small though). Didn't get the camera out, but Splashography did. That loop on the second page is my first run out, a rare moment of gust amid the lulls, classic bluff stuff.

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Pic by Nick.

Then went for a surf at Aggy with Nick Moffatt, and probably missed the best of that too. Looked epic when I got there, but by the time I was in I'd missed the tide and only had chunky close outs to play with.

SUNDAY...

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I had high hopes for Sunday. Hit the road early for Leven expecting an epic. It did look pretty decent when I arrived...

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Only there were around 10 surfers in. Figured I'd sit it out and wait for the wind to pick up more and swing as forecast, so the conditions would be less tricky for sailing and the surfers would head in. Lee 'Pasty' Harvey was also waiting hoping to kite.
Unfortunately when the wind really kicked in the swell seemed to disappear to shoulder high rock hugging mush. Walked the dog round to Rinsey and killed a bit more time, but nothing improved, so headed to Praa Sands.. which looked really good!

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Surfers in the sheltered corner

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Very offshore, but enough for the 5m and 75Fly. Pasty zipped out first and caught a hundred waves per hour on his kite, then Nick turned up and we had a pretty decent sail in the sun, getting some proper hits on clean overhead waves. Made the trip to Cornwall well worth while. (of course in hindsight I should have sailed the Bluff early Sat, surfed Agy after lunch and surfed Leven early Sun -that would have been twice as epic a weekend)
Had another surf at Praa before the 5hr drive home and I'm toast today.


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Following Nick, didn't work out too well!


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