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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

jonathan

Hayling Island on 02/03/19

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Tropical day in February (almost). Nice small-but-clean swell but with some great ramps. One of those days you could generate great speed in the flat water and then hit a ramp fully powered. First time I have been blown backwards and landed in front of the wave I took off from - not sure if that was indicative of poor forward speed or the length of time I was in the air. Unfortunately later on I landed badly and twisted my knee, hopefully it will be ok for tomorrow..

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 10/02/19

Rating:2 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

I hoped to catch the tail end of Erik but I think he was long gone. That said, 5.3m was plenty in the NW and I launched from J-Road in the Witterings. Wasn't too bad - small wind shadow on the inside as the direction was cross off, but not bad further out. Unfortunately the only waves worth talking about were close to the beach, right in the wind shadow but got a few jumps on the way out. Fairly short session as the wind swung further offshore and hence dropped, just as the tide came in - which made for a fairly undignified return to the beach :(

The Witterings and Bracklesham on 13/01/19

West Wittering Winter Sunset
13/01/19
Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

First sail of the year but thought I had missed it. Got down to a balmy West Wittering to find the wind very light - partly as I think there was a quite a lot of North West in it. Rigged my big board and sail and floated out for a bit of freestyle practice. I did find a bit more wind right out the back. I wished there were a few guys on big slalom boards out there in case anything happened - as I didn't fancy sailing so offshore on my own, in an offshore wind.
Happily the wind then turned back on again and I was stacked. Quickly changed from my 110 to my 95 and was contemplating changing down sail but given how fickle the wind was, I decided to hang on as long as I could - which turned out to be a good shout as after 45 minutes very well powered up the wind dropped off again. Mustn't grumble, the 45 mins made the session and the thermometer read 15 degrees as a I pulled out of the car park!

Hayling Island on 01/12/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Team WhatsApp called for an early start - I reckoned the wind would be around all day but it was a good job I left getting the Xmas decorations out until after I had been down to Hayling!
It was slightly chaotic at Hayling as a load of workmen were trying to move the beach huts and were not too pleased that a load of windsurfers had beaten them down and had blocked their access to the huts - they won't make that mistake again.
I rigged 4.7 and an 85 litre board but then noted the wind had dropped so quickly rerigged my floaty board and 5.3 which was a good shout. Had an hour of lovely sailing - good wind, good waves - both for jumping and riding. Crashed a few backloops (now got a stiff neck) and rode a few waves. Nice to see Kyle out, just off the flight from San Francisco. Really nice session, just a shame it was a little short-lived as after 90 mins the wind dropped away and I went back to the Xmas decorations..

Hayling Island on 11/11/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

After a failed attempted to sail Avon on Saturday (wind dropped as I arrived, as it always does for me at Avon) I was desperate to get out on Remembrance Sunday. With a 13:20 high tide and arriving at 10:45 I knew I was cutting it fine at Hayling but I had few options I didn't want to spoil it for everyone at Avon again by turning up there :)

Wind was much lighter than forecast and I hit the water bang on 11am as the sirens in Portsmouth marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Pretty unusual conditions for Hayling - light, gusty offshore float and ride but with some really nice half mast to logo sets rolling in and very flat between them. Surprisingly, even at high tide the waves were pretty well defined.

I was trying a new impact vest which made me much hotter than I expected but was quite handy when, in gusts, I tried a couple of back loops and crashed them under-rotated.

Definitely one of the more "technical" sessions I have had at Hayling in terms of mega light wind much of the time and reasonably fast waves and I then hung on a little too long, finding myself the only one out (bar someone on a wind SUP) bang on high tide as the wind dropped. I came in a long way upwind at the wrong time and place and got absolutely worked in the shorebreak (again, pleased I had the impact vest). Sail ended up with a couple of holes however I was amazed not to break my mast, so I guess I shouldn't grumble..

Brandon Bay on 04/10/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Iffy forecast today however the wind rather unexpectedly appeared and we wobbled out. Firstly on my Skate, and that was a real battle to get through the white water. It took 3 attempts to get out the back and then when I did I managed to catapult on flat water and split the nose of my board.. not a good start..
However I switched to my tri wave which was easier to get through the white water (narrower nose) although it was still a challenge - it felt like you either had to wait for a break in the sets of a gust of wind, but waiting for both was being too greedy!
However once out the back, there were great waves to be caught. My selection was poor on a couple of occasions however on the right wave there were plenty of turns to be had. Wind switched off at lunchtime, so good job we got out early!

Brandon Bay on 01/10/18

Gowlanes beach scene
01/10/18
Gowlanes beach
Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Surfed in the morning and then headed to Gowlane. Westerly wind was cross-off and getting out was a real challenge. I reckon I had 2-3 attempts for every successful one. But once out you were rewarded with fantastic rides back in. Down the line, perfect wind angle, clean but slightly choppy faces. I certainly did more turns on a wave than I have before. In the end I had to pull off as my arms lost their strength.

Hayling Island on 16/06/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

I braved high tide at Hayling and a perforated ear drum to get a sail in. Arrived to find paramedics working on someone in a wetsuit - looked like a dislocated shoulder or collar bone.
Great to see John down too and getting on the water.
The wind was a little light at times, but on the whole my 5.3m was fine. Spent the first half of the session in front of the beach, which was handy as my harness line broke and i had to come in for a replacement. Then headed out to the sandbar for the waves. They weren't epic but i got a few decent jumps in and they weren't very crowded, presumably due to the timing of high tide. Came off the water around 7pm, nice session.

Hayling Island on 10/02/18

Rating:5 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.9

It was pretty chilly, around 7c as I recall writing this some time after the session. However it stands out as one of my best sessions for ages. Tide on the push meant some great jumping ramps and some rideable waves.
First real attempts at backloops. Remarkably easy to try, however only once you start trying them do you appreciate how tricky they are to land (steep nose-first landing, over the board, on a broad reach and with no forward momentum to de-power the sail). Good fun through.

Other windsurfers a little thin on the ground and by the time i came in there were only 2 of us left out although admittedly the tide was getting pretty high.

Hayling Island on 27/01/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:5.3

Another great sail at Hayling this winter. Thought I was going to miss it as just as I was leaving the house spotted a flat tyre - second puncture in 2 weeks. Happily, when I got to Hayling I found more ramps than in the tyre centre. Not quite as windy as the forecast had suggested but 5.3m was perfect and kept me going in the lulls. Good jumps were to be had and nice fun-sized waves for riding. Shredded my hands again and actually ended up too hot, possibly due to the hood I was wearing on doctors advice - now I have an official diagnosis of surfers ear. Great session, even if it never did stop raining...

 
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