We leave to Austria today to a landlocked windless lake (well maybe a bit of wind on monday) for my first PWA event of the year. We are also leaving behind the best forecast of the year, for me, in terms of freestyle and port tack jumping. With the forecast as it is Whitstable will be firing for glassy flat freestyle for as long as the forecast can reach and St Marys Bay and Greatstone will be awesome for port tack jumping… I’ve been at home for a while now and had pretty much nothing in the way of wind! So heading to Austria with only tow-in freestyle as practice since Egypt (3 and a half weeks ago!!!!!)!
Aside from that the tow in the other night was good fun, we got some decent pics so keep an eye on the mags for a write up of that from Sam Ross!
Let the journey begin!
Better get off, I’ll see if I can upload a few sneaky pics of it this eve…
Link to freestyle round one (Hayling) video, thanks to globalshots:
Also looks like this weekends wind for the Hayling Island event is desperately trying to show it’s face… could be a light winder though, good to put all that practice on my 4.5 to the test then. Actually joking aside at least it will be good warm up for Austria, I feel I haven’t sailed in ages!
|From the National Windsurf Festival @ Hayling last year|
Have a look at Max’s twitter/blog, think he worked out somewhere the exact mileage, I made a rough guess on an earlier post. Bring it on…
The plan from here for the next few weeks is first off to get out on the water before the Hayling freestyle event next weekend. Then drive down to Austria for the PWA event in two weeks time. Just checked and that’s a 1600 km’s there….. I think the plan is for 6 of us to all go together in two vans, so should be a funny little road trip. Then it’s straight back for BWA Rhossi! We have one day to drive from Podersoft to Rhosneiger…..2020 km’s in…one…day!!!!!
Went on an adventure to A’n’E last night to get my foot checked up by someone that wasn’t going to tell me it will be ‘ready in six days’…ready for what?
Anyway, sat around for almost two hours and had a couple more x-rays. The verdict…well originally I was told nothing was broken by the doctor in Egypt, however it doesn’t quite seem that that is the case. Having had a good look at the inside of my foot, the UK doctors managed to find that I’ve chipped the bone on the inside of the ‘big knuckle’ part of my big toe. The joint where the toe becomes the foot. It’s not too major and there isn’t really much they can do about it as it is now just floating bone. There is some ligament damage but they can’t tell how bad it is really without an MRI scan. Anyway as it is I left the hospital knowing that I can put weight on it but I should keep it strapped to the other toe for a couple of weeks. I was told moving it will help the repair process…so off skiing on Friday, to Val Thorens!
Just arrived home late last night after a bit of a hectic last day, I somehow managed to smash my left foot in to my board one hour before our transfer was supposed to arrive. So I shot in to town and had a quick X-ray and got some ‘fixation’ as the doctor liked to call it. Initially I was convinced I had broken it as I have done it before and it felt exactly the same. Fortunately or unfortunately… I’ve yet to find out… the X-ray showed no broken bones, however each bone in my big toe and the next toe along has compressed into the other, which to be honest I don’t really know what it means but it doesn’t feel very comfortable. Alongside that I’ve been told of a load of potential ligament damage…we shall see. Hopefully its not as bad as it feels and should all go away soon enough. The upside of it is that I managed to get the special treatment with Easyjet, first on the plane, first off, got one of those airport buggy jobbies that you always see the injured riding on. Anyway a quick special thanks to Steve Thorne who I was travelling with for helping me out massively and also to Max and Steven Van ‘Donk’ for getting the safety boats attention and helping me pack up. Thanks guys!
Anyway aside from that excitement the whole trip was really successful, got loads of footage, a new combo move for myself and stepped up my power moves a little. The whole trip started off in El tur for one night (where I sliced my head open wakeboarding, 4 stitches… accident prone are we) and then on to Moon Beach, back to El Tur and finally Dahab. Josh Willmot was following us around with the BlackLab camera gear and we all took turns filming at various spots, using the crane etc… have to say, Moon Beach has some seriously good locations when its firing. Awesome stunt ramps on the way out and super flat on the way in. Anyway bit of a lame update but don’t want to give away too much as we have a video coming out in a few weeks and some mag coverage coming up. But make sure you like the BlackLab facebook page to get all the latest info on it all:
Some snaps taken from the BlackLab page (link above)