This was an ilicit lliaison on a friday. It was sunny, warm and the water was whipping up with the wind as it built up over the day...A southern cross mental health day, as kiwi steve called them. Thanks to some supportive enthusiasm from a fellow windsurfer, stole the gear from the van and popped it into the new car showing reckless abandon for the leather seats - it is supposed to be a 4x4 anyway...! and got to the beach and back in time for school pick up and no one would ever know ,,,
This would have been rated a best ever for Shoreham, except for the mast which snapped suddenly at the outside gybe mark....Big, Big, Big Eternal Gratitude and Thanks to the kind gents who helped me, local Phil who made sure I got back to shore as it was looking a bit iffy and it meant I didn't have to ditch any gear to ensure arrival on the beach rather than a long offshore visit to Neptune, and Ollie who helped me trudge back the mile back to the launch spot with my broken, flapping rig and board.
It was a good idea to watch the tide go down a bit and enjoy the fun of watching the AB lemmings, doing some sailing course and throwing themselves at the mercy of the shorebreak - it is merciless!!!! Think Brighton PWA and that Hayling wind festival shore dump, making minnows of the brightest and best
Mistakenly rigged 4.4 held it up on the beach, or rather failed to hold it up on the beach, and went straight back for 3.7 and really selfishly wished I had made space for my 69L in the van rather than 3 bikes...
Lots of wavy stuff and lots of high grade sailors out there riding it. I tried a few high jumps and backie and a few rides with nice turns down and around but ended up a long way down wind from these and I promise myself to put a bigger fin in that middle slot to help this struggle upwind.
It was noticably OMWC Ladies day at Shoreham- and it was great to sail with Emma, and Audrey, and I think if Carol had stayed until low tide she might have gone out on a smaller sail - so next time Carol!!!
Shoreham is awesome!
This windy, sunny and dry weather, *none too warm, but who cares, made an excellent fathers day weekend surprise and shows that the best things in life are not things.... Sunday looks promising too.
Gwythian goat track in the rain ... Is this the trailer for some horror film? Good wind strength but a lot of rain and low tide so the thighs are trimmer. The trek was worth it! A bit gusty but waves and every now and again the groundswell at a funny 30 degree angle to the beach with nice shapes but the ability to snap everything, with a nice wide face and lots of room for turns. Struggled a bit getting used to a new board in that wind - was I blown out at first or did I need a bigger fin? Why are the footstraps so small even when set as big as possible- all while flying through whitewater and turning on waves. Multitasking! But Godrevy watched over a good session and the last for many who all went back driving in 6 hours of constant rain. Steve wood broke his mast on the first run so got the glory of being he who climbed the trail most. But it was perhaps an honour deserved being due to a forward on the first run. Do I sound jealous?