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Archive for June, 2010

Pozo day 1/2 and move to RRD sails


It’s not really going off here in Pozo at the moment, the wind is there (stacked on 4.5 yesterday afternoon) and all the pros are out still busting the usual tricks but off waves that are no more than two foot at best! Didn’t stop Koster, Campello and Fernandez busting out doubles and tweaked pushies all over the place!

It was a good intro to the place for me though but now keen to see it really go off!

If you didn’t catch my video up on boards and/or boardseeker, then here is the link:
http://video.mpora.com/watch/m25Na7jyH/

It’s a short video clip filmed and edited mainly by Josh Willmot at Whitstable on Kents ‘North Shore’.

Few more days left in Pozo before heading over to Sotavento…

More updates soon!


3…2…1…outta here


Off to the canaries tomorrow for 6 weeks. First stop Pozo for one week then we are staying in Costa Calma right by Sotavento. I’ve got a few hours to pack now, I’ll see if I can’t get some pics/a list of it all and get it up on here just before I leave tomorrow.

Did something completely different yesterday, my girlfriend took me to go-ape, some sort of high wires course thingy, which was awesome fun. Going down these massive 100m+ zip wires and throwing yourself off platforms into a free-fall and then into a cargo net! Think I’m making it sound a bit lame really but was really good fun, definitely recommend it for a day out/light wind day!
Anyway forecast for Pozo doesn’t look too bad, now bring on 3.7 port tack jumping….hahaha.. :s

Sunset sessions


So this week we have had wind basically everyday from the north east! I decided to venture north to Whitstable to sneak in some evening sessions as I heard it was going to be good at the Street.

It well and truly fired. Tuesday, I arrived about 6.00ish and met up with my friend Josh Wilmott who was as keen as I was to get some footage as the sun went down. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions, it was sunny, I was in my summer suit and rigged a 4.5! Josh and a few of the locals went out on 4.0’s and were planing happily. I got out for about 3 hours that evening, wasn’t home till 11pm!!

The next day it looked to be a tiny bit windier but all the same with the tides running that bit later. I got rigged (4.5 again) and out on the water by about 8ish and again there was an amazing sunset as the tide dropped and at about 9.15 the sky turned pinky-red and there was me and one kitesurfer out. I had about 45 minutes before the end of my session. It was absolutely awesome and we got some wikid pics and vid clips which I’ve almost finished putting together and will put out soon.

I did unfortunately finish the Wed session on a downer though as I put a nice deep slice in the bottom of my big toe running all the way across the crease, so here I am sitting with my toe curled and steri stripped up..since Wednesday, in the hope that it will be healed by the 28th (when I leave for the Canaries)!! I was wearing boots as well with about 8mm of rubber on the sole, just a clean slice straight through, from an oyster or something!

Anyway so much for no wind…


Wind!!


Having looked around the forums lately there are a lot of depressed and negative people at the moment… a lot of complaints about a lack of wind… Don’t really understand why, well maybe I do a little bit but there is still some about, I’ve got out pretty much every week even if it’s just for an hour.

Anyway good forecast ahead, even if it’s not 30-40 knots every day, still a good week ahead so hopefully see you all on the water instead of reading about complaints on the forums!! Bit drastic, talking about selling up all your kit and packing it in isn’t it? How about getting a new (bigger) sail or board and getting out more often than you ever would have? Anyway off windsurfing, see ya all on the water hopefully… ‘keep positive’


Update…


It’s been pretty light here in the UK so have been getting down to some hardcore work which isn’t all that bad. Despite the lack of wind I have actually managed to get out quite a bit, keeping the moves up but not really learning anything new. Anyway I’m off to Pozo and Fuerte for that in two weeks..
Something completely different, went out last night with my family to seen Keane at an open air concert in the middle of a forest. Despite not listening to his music that much it was actually really good fun and to top it off I got his plectrum which he threw into the crowd right at the end.
Watched a bit of the EFPT Vass event live yesterday and hoping to catch it today, what an awesome idea that is. Maybe I’ll go compete next year?!


BWA Ireland Amateur wave champion


Got back from Ireland a couple weeks ago and had an amusing trip… check the boards mag for a full write up on that by George and Muzza from team tushingham. In short, a lot of emptying eachothers vans, turning things upside down, putting wheelie bins in vans, playing golf, windsurfing, windsurfing, windsurfing, surfing, pub, pub, egging and prizes!

Yeh so I won the event,  I think it was a good call to go in the Amateurs although having previously competed in the pros as I got a lot of heats and more importantly I got to experience my first double elimination come back, finally beating Scotty McDowell twice.

Check pic below taken by Mike Archer, one of the bigger waves of the week…


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