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Autumn Winter 2013/14!

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I seem to have been neglecting the blog a little, much like everyone else. I blame it on the fantastic season we're having! So here's a little round up starting in October...

Things got off to a slow start but there was the odd epic day to be found like the one above at Constantine. 

 

ImagePic by Mark Bell

 

We then had the trip to the Orkney Islands with Mike Archer and Mark Bell. Nearly a skunking but came good in the end. Story here.. 

http://boards.mpora.com/features/adventure-in-the-orkneys.html

 

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Then at the end of October the BWA Cornwall event. Bit of a shocker for me! They ran at onshore Marazion on the first day and I managed to miss my heat. I was promised a text if they started as I went off to walk the dog at another beach due to the Palm Oil problem (which was and still is killing dogs that eat it), but never received it, so had to make do with cross shore logo high at Perran! 

Then the next day we had the above at The Bluff, unfortunately my second chance heat was Ross williams and I never really got my act together to even get close to giving the seasoned PWA ripper a run for his money. A lot of fun freesailing afterwards though!

This storm seemed like a big deal at the time...

http://blog.hotsailsmaui.com/2013/12/14/steve-and-the-storm/

Strangely the speedsailing this year hasn't quite been as good as you'd think, hopefully some of this wind will blow the right way with the right tide before summer.

 

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This was pretty much when the endless run of truly epic conditions started. Above was one of the bigger days at the Cribber. I've sailed it quite a few times now and even sailed right out to bigger brother Zorbas off the other headland, good to see a few other sailers giving it a craic. More of the story here..

http://www.boardseekermag.com/features/the-cribbar-delivers-biggest-uk-waves/ 

 

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It's not all been massive surf this winter. Above is a small day! 

 

ImagePic by Jony Price

 

More often it's looked like this though, especially at The Bluff, sand dredging mast high close outs. This was during the xmas/new year when I spent the holiday time in Cornwall, pretty much everyday was windy and wavy, New Years Day itself was the highlight with a full day of epicness at Mexicos in the sun.

 

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It hasn't all been about the West coast and windsurfing, it's also been one of the best East coast winters in years, including a 10 year swell event...

http://magicseaweed.com/news/the-silver-lining-of-the-north-sea-storm/5887/ 

 

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Another wind/swell forecast we couldn't miss. We hadn't even thought about any snow (it's been so damn mild this year!) but it nearly stopped us getting to the North coast of Scotland and scoring this..

 

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Absolutely bloody all time!! Days don't come much better than this! A great weekend trip with Geoff Hautman. Luckily we went in his van (lucky despite the gear linkage which made changing gear a real struggle) as mine has had a blown head gasket all winter, and no cooling for the engine, and no heating for us! Full report of this one coming to Windsurf Mag. 

 

ImagePic by Paul Monnington

 

I've missed out the 'average' weekends of sub mast high and under 30knots! So now finally to last weekend and the Red Bull storm chase! What an epic!!

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Sequence by Paul Monnington.

 

If you've somehow missed out on the media from this, the best of it can be found here..

http://www.redbullstormchase.com/mission-3

And the Boardseeker Podcast is epic too..

http://www.boardseekermag.com/features/storm-chase-boardseeker-podcast/

I sailed upwind of the action (with the rest of the usual suspects Jony Price, Dave Ewer, Andrew Fawcett and Ian Black) where it was considerably smaller and possibly the gustiest day I've ever sailed! (the Bluff is usually gusty but this was 50 knot hail squalls to 10 knot lulls). Not easy not looking limp against the worlds 4 best storm chasers! but the KS3 helped -crazy wind range on that 4m.

I also got to try out my latest Moo Custom, which is an 88ltr, 228 by 59 Flying Friesian. Really impressed with it and I should have got myself a bigger board years ago, makes getting around the break on these crazy closeout days with mast high white water a whole lot easier!

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She's a beauty! 

 

So that's it I'm up to date! I'll try and do one weekend at a time from now on.

It doesn't look like it's going to end! Geoffs just texted me to say it's blowing 108mph on the Lynn and it looks like a very windy Cornwall weekend again!! Cowabunga.

 

 

 

Record TOW

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How's this for TOW...  5 days in Cornwall, 5 full power windsurfs!, 7 full power surfs!!

 

FRIDAY:

cross off logo high 4.7m 

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Gopro shots with k4 harness mount , some with it photoshopped out..

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SATURDAY:

Looked desperate, light and very onshore but logo high again.. rigged 5.3, wind swung more cross, turned out decent with some jumping too.

 

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SUNDAY:

Gwithian.  Super busy, shoulder high, 5m. Only day Gwithian had waves with the SW swell.

 

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Put in some hours! 

 

MONDAY:

Fistral. Surf, sail and more surf.. 

 

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Dude ripped.. 

Turned out logo high and 5m again..

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Jan nipped out for his lunch break.. 

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TUESDAY:

Fistral surf.. 

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Then Perran..  logo high and 5m..

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Couple of video stills from Mark Dowson from the end.. 

 

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So after all that, getting to know the new Moo's pretty well now.. both rip but are very different beasts! The Holy (85ltr 5 box) is great in clean lighter conditions, planes really early and turns super tight with the pulled in tail. The Flying Fresian (80ltr twin) is super loose and fast and cuts through any chop with ease -I prefer it with slightly bigger fins in as otherwise it's just too loose! Think we got the names pretty spot on!

 

Mega forecast for this weekends Cornwall classic  http://cornwallwaveclassic.co.uk

heading down in a minute ! 

 

 

 

Orkney Islands
Orkney Island pics by Mark Bell and Mike Archer.
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Orkney 2

ImageHuge swell on the Monday

 

Another forecast we couldn't resist -only 10ft for the start of the weekend, but then 27ft and nuking on the Monday (50+mph). The plan this time was to head straight to Orkney to make the most of the smaller stuff. This time with Mark Bell again and Mike Archer.

 

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It was pretty small and barely surfable which was disappointing, lots of long walks, bit of a skunking..

 

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The locals are ridiculously friendly on Orkney! 

 

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Our first sail was at Skara Brae. Southerly wind and the righthand reef. I took pics and din't end up sailing as the wind swung SW.  

 

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I did get out on the North coast though, when it went right round to Westerly.

 

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Big Monday and nothing much was happening.. we waited for the swell, we waited for the wind..  it finally started to kick in and I rushed out for 40 minutes sailing before we had to get the ferry. On arriving at the ferry port we found the ferry was cancelled! Apparently the high tide was the main reason (combined with the rapidly increasing and soon to peak 27ft swell)

So we went back to the north coast to sail again. But the high tide and massive swell was also our undoing, I didn't even try to get out through the shore break (logo high onto boulders)

 

The next ferry was at 6am the next morning, so we made sure we were on it as we all needed to be back at work.

 

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Back on the mainland, we figured we had half a day to sail, so headed out at Sandside, which was actually going off! Some crazy gusts and very offshore, but very good swell wrapping in, definitely the highlight of the trip for me and finished off with half hour of surfing to myself (and about 20 waves!) 

Flying Friesian

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Just got my hands on the second wave board made especially for me by Jon 'Moo man' Kennet. The first one, The Holy Cow, was all about iffy conditions -getting going in nothing, and then turning on a sixpence. This one, The 'Flying Friesian' is all about full on firing conditions, no compromises!

Huge thanks to Jon for building it, and to Geoff Hautman for making the logo idea a reality :)

 

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54.5cm wide, 228 long, 5.4 kg, pin tail, twin finner. 

 

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Decided on a twin fin as it's still my favourite -fast, loose and grippy with the k4fins in.

Built to take on the big wave reefs and slabs around the UK, hopefully won't be long now until they fire up.

I'm sure I'll be as pleased with it as I am with the 'Holy'' which absolutely flies. Looks Sick!

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