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Monday, 23 October 2017
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What a week..
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Thanks to Mark Bailey for this image.

I'm bored of this news already and I've not even put it on the blog yet.. but we had an epic day at West Kirby and I managed to get 50knots on the display. My 2 sec peak was 48.3knots, the fastest of the day, but my 5 times 10 second average only put me in 3rd behind Jacques van der Hout and Hans Kreisel who went much better when the course was square and less windy. When it went broad and mental I think it's safe to say Faz and I were on it, but just too choppy to get a decent 10second run. It was a case of enjoy the amazing 5 second slingshot in, then try and stay upright until you could slow down through the death chop. FULL RESULTS


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That's windy!

60knot gusts and I finally got to use my 5m SCR. (4.5 still in the bag..)

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Not many have seen that yet. 57.5mph for the non sailors.

5m simmer. 40Moo custom. 20 k4fin. 76kg rider with 12kg weight.

I've uploaded a whole load of pics on FLICKR
There's millions on Facebook and some video's if you can find them.


Barely recovered I spent the weekend up in the North East for one of the best forecasts ever -9ft at 12seconds, which is extremely rare in the North Sea. I made a huge blunder on Saturday and didn't head far enough North, largely as the low tide was very early and I'd miss it anyway, the difference in wave quality by all accounts was massive. I ended up at cayton which was rubbish (more like 5sec period) and watched a contest (which made me realise surfing is no more glamorous at times), whilst nearer Scotland had apparently enjoyed barrels galore.

Sunday was a different matter. The swell had had a chance to travel down the coast and sort itself out and finally showed something of the size expected on Saturday (6-8ft double overhead). I rigged a 4.7 which turned out about right and very nearly had the best day ever if only it wasn't for the 20 odd surfers on the best peak. I had to go sail another possibly heavier but short peak and share it with two bodyboarders (who were cool about it). To be honest I didn't sail too well, should have dropped the kids at the pool, and getting the timing right to backdoor and hit a heaving mast high bomb for an air wasn't easy, I didn't manage it!. The wind was very offshore, so it was all about the turns. The other peak was just long walls and surfers getting barrelled off their nuts despite the howling wind, would have been much easier to time.. It got busier everywhere so I decided to jack it in and not outstay my welcome, and after one of the boogies accidently dropped in on me and I got a pasting when the wave steam rollered me.
Truly an epic start to the day though. I'd have loved to jump in for a surf but had to go fetch Trudie from the hotel before check out.

Went and sailed a considerably smaller high tide beach break in the afternoon, barely powered on the 5.3, but that too was a load of fun. As ever no pics from this part of the world.

Totally zonked now.

Oh, I've gone and done something completely nuts and entered the AWT event in Maui in a couple of weeks time. I'll have a week to learn how to sail the wrong tack and get to grips with Ho'okipa -I'm cacking it..  but quite excited about it all. 3 weeks in Maui!! Yeewwwwwwwww.



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