Friday, 25 December 2009

Jeri Video Up online

Hi everyone, I've just finished making my short movie from my time in Jeri (the link is below). I hope you like it, I've had some awesome feedback from a few people who have seen it already, take a look and see for yourself.

Also a bit sneaky but thought I would take this chance to sell some 2009 kit as I'm going onto 2010 sails, here is the list;
4.2, 4.7, 5.2, 5.8 Ezzy Freewaves: All in good condition, £235 each for the 4.2 and 5.2 and £245 each for the 4.7 and 5.8. Open to offers.
3.7 Ezzy Wave Panther: Used maybe 10 times so excellent condition £265. Open to offers.
RRD Wave Twin 82l: Very good condition. £750. Open to offers.
Or take them as a package: - All sails together for £1,075 (save £150) or the whole lot (including board) for £1,775 (save £200)

Keep and eye out soon for further video clips and also a new blog I'm working on....

Happy Christmas...hope it's a merry one

ps email about kit to:

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Skiing and video

Back from a weeks skiing in Austria, was awesome and made for a nice little break from windsurfing after doing it everyday for 5 weeks and then all summer. Feeling very christmasy at home at the moment, the trees up, lights on and did the old christmas shopping today, not as bad as i thought it was going to be. Looks like there is some good wind on christmas day, so may sneak out for an afternoon session with a belly full of christmas food and chocolate!

Whilst I was away skiing I managed to get most of my footage together and make a short movie, I've just got to add titles and do a couple final bits then I'll have it up on here (by christmas day, hopefully before)!! I learnt absolutely heaps out there and had an amazing trip, the last week in particular was the best, everything started to come together. It seemed pretty crowded out there, but we hit up the lagoons a lot which normally only had a few other people in.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

A light day or two

Yesterday was pretty light and in the end i decided to take a day off after a full power 4 weeks, its been pretty intense windsurfing everyday. We are off to the lagoon tomorrow and maybe the day after for some filming, then hopefully to Camosine on Sunday. It's supposed to be super flat which will be a nice break from going out in switch in the waves here and hopefully we can get some nice footage as well. More on that soon, here are a couple 'lifestyle' pics!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Jeri 2009 Week 3

Week 3 and its been an up and down one.
Had some dodgy conditions at the start of the week, so sailed the lagoon the past two days, and got some nice clips for movie. got my first Burner today which was awesome, literally on a mission to land it, and everyone was packing almost ready to leave and I was like I'm not leaving till I land this, just as everyone was almost ready to go, I was like one more run...crashed it...tried again...crashed it then when I was like, I really have to call this the last one I managed to get it...awesome feeling getting a move I've been wanting for a while.
I know I said more video soon but, I'm saving the clips for my movie, I have a few I may put together over the next couple of days so keep an eye out.
More soon..

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Jeri 2009 Week 2

Just come up to the end of the second week and we have been getting some nice conditions, 4.2 with some nice waves. I've done a few evening sessions in a row now, and it's been brilliant, like 3 or 4 people downwind and then sailing back just after the sun has set.
We are hoping to get some footage today so I'll try and get a couple clips up this eve or tomorrow.
That's all for now, more soon

Thursday, 12 November 2009

So I've been out in Jeri for a few days now and it's like paradise!!! It's amazing, the wind is 4.2 every day, the locals are really friendly and the cocktails are good.

Anyway I've learnt a load of moves in the 3 and a half days I've had on the water which is cool and we have been getting some awesome footage with this new camera I got just before I came out here. The footage is filmed at 300 fps slowed down to 30 fps and the quality is ok, just don't blow it up full screen, it also shots full HD at 60 fps so at the end I should have a whole load of decent clips for a movie...slow mo makes the crashes look good to..see for yourself

Anyway the standard is super high out here, so I'm off to practice some more...
more soon..

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

14th Overall Pro on BWA

So it's my first year competing/finishing the UK wave series (now the BWA series) and I'm really happy with not just my overall result but also my individual results for each event as I have managed to improve each time on the previous event also beating slightly better people each time. I've learnt heaps this year when it comes to wave sailing and although I considered myself more a freestyler at Uni I'm now really enjoying the waves as well. That said I'm off to Jeri in a few hours for 5 weeks which will be mainly freestyle, although I hear the waves are big enough for backies/pushies so I'll get them sorted and a whole load of other tricks hopefully.

Anyway keep an eye on this blog as I'm planning to upload a little video update each week, maybe with a move in and a few tips on how to do it.

Bring on Jeri and next years BWA....

Monday, 2 November 2009

Gwithian BWA final event

I almost didn't make this event as I had already decided not to go because the cost of getting all the way down there and entering, etc. was close to making me bust before Jeri (leave on Wed...siiiick).
So I was sitting in the office earning precious pennies on the Thursday, looking at the forecast a lot, and after a number of phone calls I managed to arrange a place to stay with my Uni flat mate and his girlfriend (Ed and Anna) as Ed was entering the Amateurs. With that i left straight after work in my suit... not fully prepared but with most of my stuff from Tiree in there still, I got down pretty late and straight to bed. I was lucky enough to enter late and although I missed the single elimination I managed to make it out for the double.
First heat..Chris Murray, Nick Moffat were in it..not an easy one as I knew Murray had spent the previous winter in cape town and Nick was ripping at the moment and I'd been at Camber all summer...starboard tack cross-on...the only practice I had was in Tiree when we had one port tack day. Anyway, first wave in was a 6 so pretty happy with that one and then a 4.5 later, not so great but not bad either. The judges put me 1st, 2nd and 2nd which apparently put me on a draw with Moffat so I won it on highest wave score.
Second heat...couldn't water start for half the heat, caught one wave and it closed out on me, the second wave didn't happen either...literally the worst heat of my life so that's one to leran from and put behind me.

Packing for Jeri now.......

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sweet bit of coverage

Got a wikid little article into x-sport mag the online free extreme sports mag.
Click Here to see it got a nice shot on the inside cover and then an article from page 14, with a double spread photo on the first two pages....siiiick!

Thursday, 15 October 2009


Just returned early from the Tiree Wave Classic. Pretty epic 1500 mile round trip!!! It's a shame the forecast died right off and it doesn't look like there will be much to hold the rest of this double let alone try and start another single elimination. I'm hoping for my result they at least finish the first double.

On another note the first day we sailed in competition was absolutely awesome (check pics - courtesy of Pete Darkin), cross off down the line, bit float and rideish but the waves were so clean and if you got it right there were some nice ones to be had!

The day before the event was 3.7 weather which meant either smaller waves at Gott bay but more side shore or bigger waves but more on shore at Ballaphueil, we went for Gott bay to practice our riding a bit but also got some nice jumps as the waves jacked up to over head high.

Going up a week early was a good call as we got some nice conditions, some head high waves and side shore to side on conditions.

Check the SWA website soon for more updates

Friday, 2 October 2009

England No Wind

Not been much wind about lately so have been working in an office for three weeks, only missed one day of wind and managed to escape early on the other good day so not missed a whole lot really. Heading up to Tiree this weekend with SJ, forecast looks good for first three days, so hopefully some nice practice before the wave classic begins the week after.
Good forecast tomorrow so off for a cheeky one at Camber with Bubble, try and get a little bit of footage or some photos if we can, so check back before the end of the weekend.
Well done to John Skye as well out in Sylt, guess he must be pretty happy considering how hard the conditions are... obviously shows how good the RRD twinfins are...and him of course!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

brightair goes off....

No wind as expected but as I said before the event there was certainly loads to do which was cool. Climbing walls, simulators, zorbes, wakeboarding, high divers, bands, parties, freestyle jet skiers doing barrel rolls in the air off flat water and the list goes on and on and on, wish they had that stuff at every event, wouldn't that be cool.
Despite the lack of wind some little people + Max Rowe went out for some crazy light wind freestyle spinning tricks, whilst Al Bentley, Joe O'Callaghan and myself hunted down a jet skiier to tow us. We managed to get out for a couple of runs but there was so much going on that only Joe and I got a go. It's not the easiest thing in the world but more fun than light wind freestyle.
Jeri plans are coming together, finalising when I'm leaving/who I'm going and staying with, anybody know of a cheap way to get from the airport to Jeri that isn't the bus?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Mini Pozo

Got out today for a few hours at Mini Pozo (Greatstone), was on 4.7 but could have been on 4.2 easy. Was awesome fun, big shakas on the way out as well as backies, pushies and practiced those port tack forwards... being a south coast boy we don't get this port tack stuff very often which makes it a bit harder when I go to these comps which are more often port tack than starboard...
We had some nice ramps though, head high out back and some good sections to hit on the way in!

Next up is the White'Bright'Air event, seems there is going to be no wind so probably no competition this year but looks like there will be heaps to watch and do though.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

2010 RRD Twintip 100l first thoughts

Picked up my new 2010 Twintip last week on the day the first shipment arrived into the UK and you can see what I thought of it on the sSs site, click HERE.
The main points were that it somehow allows you to pull off the bigger moves, air funnels, shakas, Konos, etc... when your not even fully powered, which is a massive bonus. I mentioned I would test its sliding ability in it, I got out the next day and well it certainly slides well, got my first one handed eslider 540 and a wet but claimable one handed 'air' bob (was the right technique just not high enough to claim the whole air rotation).

Click here for some boardseeker coverage just put up. Thanks guys.

Also thanks to Guy Peters for the pic.

Lastly check out another friend of mine from Uni who has been recording a few songs. Not bad Tim.

See some of you at White(Bright)air

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Lazy Daze Vid online and working fine!!

Link to my new freestyle video from the early summer up now on youtube (be sure to watch it in HD) (click here).
It's been a long time coming but it's finally there, I started making it as soon as I got back a couple months ago but then got a new program (Final cut express) and had to learn how to use it all. It's pretty awesome though.

Also check out these new hoodies/clothing brand from a Uni friend of mine, pretty simple but catchy.

Photos: Danielle Lucas

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

National Windsurfing Festival 2009

What an awesome event.

Each year this event seems to work so well, even if there is hardly any wind or if it's howling and despite the presence of a main sponsor Alan Cross did and awesome job at getting it all organised, a massive thanks to him.

I decided to enter the night windsurf 'super-x' and had to qualify during the day. Then there was also the tag team event, representing RRD on an x-fire and 7.5  ezzy freeride with 2 other sponsored riders and a randomly selected freeride fleet sailor we managed to get off to a good start (3rd place) and by the end we had gained the two places, finishing with a first overall. Just to top it off team Ezzy managed to come in second. the night 'super-x' also went pretty well with a 5th overall, especially as it was more of a slalom race and that's not really my discipline. The straight line speed wasn't so much an issue, just the gybing, I prefer to jump around. Then there was an awesome party hosted by Boardseeker and just to top it all off there was a freestyle comp on the Sunday, which I managed to win the £100 cash prize for, which pretty much paid for the event for me!

Still new to this blog thing but the pic above is of the Friday when it was 4.2 weather all afternoon (landing a one handed air funnel), I managed to land my first air chachoo one handed and one footed...probably a little bit by accident but I sailed away from it and someone was filming and got it on their helmet cam... Couple more pics up soon.

New 2010 Twintip arrives on Thursday, I'll test it as soon as I get it and give you my thoughts.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Busted UJ...

Got out at Camber early last week and was on 4.2 for about half an hour when my UJ snapped right out back. Was about a kilometer out and I managed to wave a friend over for some help. As we tried to tie the rig onto the back of his board for him to tow it in a wave broke over us and swept my board away... I had no chance of getting to it as in about 5 seconds it was about 30 meters away. Alex said he would sail in and call the coastguard, he tried to assure me it would be fine but I decided that leaving me on my own was probably not the best call as there was a strong rip and it was a pretty lumpy sea. 
20 minutes later I found my board about 100 meters downwind of where I managed to swim into. Thanks to Alex for staying near me whilst I swam in and stopping to let me rest on his board.
The lesson learnt: get a better UJ!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

First blog

It seems I have finally given into 'the blog', so here is the first one.

I've spent my summer in the UK now and it seems to have been fairly windy, I've been out most days on 5.2, the odd 5.8 day and some 4.7 days. Forecast is looking good so time to lay down some massive jump moves, may have a crack at a new move I've had whirling around in my head for a while... Let you know about that soon!

Got out yesterday for a short session, just a lumpy freestyle sesh though, not much to report really except some nice forwards and a very wet toad. A big forecast for today didn't arrive which was more than annoying but first one this summer I suppose.

More soon,