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Panoramic view of Hayling Beach, high tide
03/08/14
Parking ranging by the time slot - All day 6.00, Overnight [22:00 - 08:00 ] 10.00
Toilets have a shower section,  but didn't try them. Toilets are vandal proof steel type. Drinking water.

Six go on surfari - Cabo Verde 2011

SuperJosh and co. 
19/02/11
Josh Angulo and the CV fans, 21 2 2011: We'll be back for more of this windy, wavy paradise
Host Host: johng
Date Date: 14/02/11
Venue Venue: Cabo Verde
Pictures Pictures: Pictures for Six go on surfari - Cabo Verde 2011 (42)
Rating OMWC Rating: 4 star rating
Six of the club members headed off for a week in Cabo Verde - the home of scarey waves, caipirinhas, Josh Angulo and excellent fish dinners!

From the beachside and poolside apartments, via the chilled and totally relaxed Angulo centre, and the great atmosphere of downtown Santa Maria, to the killer break of Punto Preta, a great time was had by all.

Last updated: 24/02/11 22:40 By: johng
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Diary for Genevieve at Cabo Verde on 14/02/11

kauli and ricardo visit Josh at our home break, just after breakfast
18/02/11
Yep, 3 world champions on one break at breakfast: the breakfast of champions, at santa maria, sal. WOW can they sail heavy shore break and make it look good. Only dampener was that Kauli lost a full rig on the rocks
Rating:4 star rating
Board:88 litres
Sail:4.2

Could have been on a much smaller board. BUT, having just got off the plane and it was already 4pm, thought we would take on as much as we could handle. This was great fun. point break waves and good wind. The smile could last forever....and the whole week stretched ahead of us -hooray! Josh's wind genie was working hard already

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 14/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.3

Just arrived in Sal, easy flight, beautiful apartment and location, right where we had a first beer on the last trip two years ago and massively admired!

Angulo's station has expanded... more seats, the beloved red sofas tossed onto the beach and replaced with more tables and newer easy benches - and it's only a 5 minute walk from the apartment. Fabulous. The man in charge is Goran, and he's happy for us to get out in the last 30 minutes of the day - so it's 5-5.30 and we're sailing in the sun in CV!! It doesn't get better. I can't believe we're here, and all the organisation has worked out, and I don't have to worry any more - marvellous.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 15/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.3

On the same 92l Angulo Super Gu as last night, with the 5.3, yes it's hard work, but I can head up wind when it's too much, and it certainly eases waterstarts! Todays plan is the strap-to-strap gybe, basically flip the sail so you're switch stance before planing out and changing the feet. I thought this would be good for rig flipping practice, and it is. Of course, the first few involve working out what's happening, since I didn't really manage to do one in my mind when worrying about it at 4 this morning, but the idea comes. Feels good, and finally I make one. I then crack a few more, which is very very happy-making. At one point the boom clamp came undone, which is a bit scary because it was very hard to do up on the beach when I was adjusting the height, but it went back easily in the water. I went back to the beach and fiddled with it a bit to make it tighter. So bang off a few more strap-to-straps, until I get tired and head back. It turns out that all the other lags are already in, looking for lunch, so I park the board up and head home. A good morning, and I mustn't get stressed! Interesting that they lasted no longer than me, and possibly less.

The afternoon starts after a leisurely sandwich, good salami! Those of us who left our boards on the beach instead of packing them away in approved style are surprised to find they're where we left them - this is handy, because Duncan gets a different one which he isn't too pleased with. The wind's much the same, so we take much the same kit out, and yes, the 5.3 is still pretty big! I'm more tired this afternoon, and after an hour of bashing around, I've lost the tape on my thumbs and and I'm out the back in the swell finding it hard to work out how to waterstart, so I know it's time to stop. Amazingly, Gen and Duncan have had the same thought, and they're at the station with Jen, drying off. Makes me feel ok!

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 16/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:5.3

This morning was fun! Taking it easy, relaxing on the way out, feeling good, gybes coming off reasonably frequently, catching the big swells and taking it as far as my nerve allowed, which isn't really very far - the rocks are awfully close and come up pretty fast. The point was crowded too, at one point I was coming in on a wave, the one ahead lifted to reveal a guy in the water in my path, with a kite surfer coming the other way and at least two other windsurfers at various angles to negotiate with as well. Scarey. The most painful moment was catapulting when turning sharply downwind to avoid a German guy (assume he's German anyway) with whom there'd been a misunderstanding about who was on what take etc - hit my left arm really hard on the boom, ouch, had to wait in the water for a moment to get my fingers to work again properly.

Eventually got tired after nearly two hours, came back to find Roger already on the beach, had a josh with Josh about having to go out cos it's windy and wavy and holiday so doesn't matter how tired people are, then came back and helped to cook an excellent pasta lunch with real tomato sauce with green peppers and ham.

The afternoon was a bit quieter - same kit, lighter wind, so easier to handle but harder to plane. Headed upwind practising light wind unwinding (!), did some tacks, maybe a 66% hit rate which was very gratifying. Caught some waves, but stayed away from the hollow-tipped bullets on the point, because my timing just isn't good enough to be sure I could avoid the rocks if I got caught on the inside. Duncan took pictures, as did Rog, some of Josh doing some incredible stuff on what were not really very big waves, he just works it so well. Did the best part of an hour, and then felt tired so came in. The strap-to-strap gybes are cool, tried one duck but it didn't come off, need to do some more. Lots more things I need to do too, but feels like I'm getting better (again!).

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 17/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:105 litres
Sail:5.7

Slightly less wind, went with a 105 Sumo and 5.7, rigged slightly baggy because it was originally intended for Juan. Might have been a mistake? The wind was fairly up and down, but the sail was pretty powerful, my arms are starting to stretch!

Attempted a bunch of duck gybes - one came off fantastically, planing out smooth as silk on the flatter water heading towards the beach. Another wasn't bad, the others failed for various reasons. Juan helped me flatten the sail off a bit, but I was knackered by then and the feel changed totally. Somehow I never really got on with it, even having trouble getting it out of the water to waterstart. Stopped for lunch pretty tired.

Lunch was very relaxed, baguettes with salami, cheese and tomatoes and cold pasta with tomatoes. Lovely. No wine, but that didn't stop me falling asleep for an hour, and really not feeling like getting out anywhere. However, under the whip of Juan, we struggled out to meet the wind and waves. I took a 5.3 and a Creola 94l, which frankly seemed like a dog, but maybe my lacklustre performance was the reason. Nearly bumped into Rika on her shiny board, with Ezzy, she was storming along - what am I doing?! Dunc and Jen got some pictures up on the point, and I limped into the beach, calling it a day. As Gen says, "it's your mind holding you back?". Possible plans for pizza for tea :) yummy.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 18/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.7

Today was a bit low key for us, we got to the station fairly late, nobody very decisive about going out. The wind was lower, lots of discussion about whether to wait or go - I eventually went out on a 114l Creola (woof!!) and 5.7m. Very gusty, got out and back no problem with the shorebreak, so not so bad today. Roger was off-duty, having had a bad case of the runs, so went up to the point to take some pictures with Juan, and who should be there, doing some spectacular riding but our mates Kauli and Riccardo! Wow. He took a couple of nice shots - it's the vertical top turns and timing that are so cool, especially as getting caught on the inside means "Hello rocks"! Apparently Kauli has already wrecked kit there - Josh's comment was "No problem, guys, just leave your credit card at the register".

So I did maybe an hour and a half of quite genteel riding around, timing all to pot, making sure there was no chance of getting involved with any of the occasional big swells that were coming in to amuse the hot guys on the point. At least Dunc agreed with me that the Creola was a dog - he couldn't get it to release and plane easily either. Phew. And I thought it was just me.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 19/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:3 star rating
Board:105 litres
Sail:5.7

Today I took a Sumo 105l, with a slightly hopeful 5.7m. The tone was set at the outset, I did a great launch from the beach, but some tosser launching a kite right beside the station drifted it straight into my path, so I was forced to dismount amongst the strings. Because he didn't seem to have much idea, and was still in my path, and of course the wind was too light to waterstart or even flip the rig easily and I was well out of my depth, I swam the kit back to the shallows and started again.

The sailing was ok, very up and down, seemed hard to get things going without turning well downwind, but I spotted RIka well upwind on her comedy 76l Fanatic Newwave, and also bumped (almost literally) into boyfriend Marco, who was on a 100l slalom with 7.8m race sail. Blimey. Chalk and cheese. Managed a duck gybe and a tack, but fell in with everything else, and got a bit fed up dragging the sail out of the water. The good bits were good though, some occasional big swell passing through which were fun. I did drop the mast on the board's nose - ouch. Subsequent examination revealed that I had converted it into a landing craft, with a front door. Lucca didn't seem too worried, and we've taken out the insurance.

The afternoon session involved only Juan, Gen and me - Dunc and Rog stayed back at the apartment, sharing their appreciation of Ted Baker deodorant spray. Nice. A 114l Creola and a 6.3m sail got things going in a blasty kind of way, competing with Juan on his 125l and 7.8m, which he admitted was occasionally "a bit over-powered". My hands are really feeling the strain, not just the worn out bits on the left but also the muscles, very over-worked on the left too. Maybe a bit of attention before Maui would be a good plan, so they at least start out strong.

Diary for johng at Cabo Verde on 20/02/11

Hunter S Gouk
06/03/07
Rating:4 star rating
Board:114 litres
Sail:5.7

Fortunately I did, because it was great, very relaxed on my 5.7 and 114l Creola slug. Completely incapable of making any manoeuvres, well, most anyway, arms now very tired and left hand painful. I applied lots of elastoplast and duck tape which helped though, so I wasn't rubbing the blisters directly on the boom any more.

Lunch was nice - tuna pasta with tomatoes, garlic, onions and peppers. And so I went out again - 5.7 on the trusty SuperGu, what a great board. Spent the hour or so heading upwind to where Duncan was sitting on the point taking pictures (not many it transpired) and catching swell coming back in. That was fun. Eventually my left arm gave out, and I cruised back, making a great landing for the second time of the day. Nice.

Added by rick on 25/02/11

Looks ace

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