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Brandon Bay on 29/09/16

On the beach...
29/09/16
on the beach somewhere between Fermoyle and Kilcummin in Brandon Bay
Rating:3 star rating
Board:94 litres
Sail:5.3

Morning session at Fermoyle. Wind pretty fickle despite our careful choice of venue to ensure cross-off.
Got some waves but also let a few slip, either due to poor wave choice or wind dropping at the crucial moment. Tried the JP Radical Quad of Guy's. Nicer in the turn than my triwave but notably slower to plane and nowhere near as good across white water.
Unfortunately an afternoon session never materialised as the wind dropped away.

Brandon Bay on 27/09/16

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

Fantastic afternoon session. 5.3 and tri wave perfect tools. Got couple of good jumps and plenty of wave rides, really starting to get the feel of what makes them work (and what doesn't!) now - generally staying high to generate more board speed is what is required.
Only downside was my best wave getting dropped in on by a kitesurfer 😟
Most of the afternoon action captured by Guy's new drone with some fantastic images to review over a Guiness in the evening.

Brandon Bay on 25/09/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

A very fickle day, alternating between driving rain and sunshine, rainbows galore - typical Ireland. Got some decent rides then wind dropped and I got taken out in a lull on the way in, cue long (or so it seemed to me) swim.
Next squall, it went very onshore and I found myself riding backside, returned for more, caught in a lull, taken out and another swim. The combined effect of both swims did unsettle me a little so as the wind backed off further i didn't take much persuasion to call it a day.

Brandon Bay on 24/09/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:95 litres
Sail:4.7

Gowlane today. Nice clean swell and wind that picked up throughout the day - but was always quite gusty.
To begin with I found it difficult to get on the wave simply because the wind either dropped to nothing or pulled me out of shape. However as the gusts became more sustained it was much easier to catch the waves and get some decent rides. A lower boom definitely helped my bottom turn. I did manage to hit the beach at full speed at one point much to the amusement of all, but fortunately no damage to body or board. It became quite a mammoth session in the end, indicative of how much fun it was - toasted with a pint of Guinness on the way back.

Brandon Bay on 23/09/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:81 litres
Sail:4.2

Due to the forecast I left for Guy Cribb's trip to Ireland a day early, electing to take the Liverpool-Dublin route to try and get a decent sleep. This almost backfired when the ship's door seized in Dublin and we eventually got off 2 hours late plus the best part of an hour to negotiate Dublin traffic.
Finally got to Castle Gregory just after 5 however happily west coast Ireland gets an extra hour of daylight so we launched at Dumps in gusty winds. Quite a brief session but good to be back in Brandon Bay.

Brandon Bay on 03/10/14

hitting the wave at Smerick
02/10/14
Rating:4 star rating
Board:92 litres
Sail:4.7

'Big Thursday' in Brandon Bay!
We recced the whole bay and found nobody out - partly due to the huge swell (5m, 20 sec period) and partly due to the poor wind direction. Went to the point at Mossies where it all looked particularly intimidating.
So went went to Smerwick Harbour - over the O'Connor Pass, through Dingle. We were met with gusty offshore wind but beautiful lines of clean swell.
I grabbed my bargain ebay Evo (my 'big' wave board) and the 5.1m borrowed from Cribby which I didn't fare very well on - it was a very powerful on/off freestyle sail which accentuated the horribly gusty wind and made catching waves even more tricky. Quickly changed to my much softer 4.7m Ice which was perfect.
I certainly made more turns on the waves today than in the rest of my wavesailing career to date. My top turn started to come together and we spent 4-5m hours on the water until our arms could take no more. Towards the end of the afternoon Guy headed back to Brandon Bay but after just one run out declared it crap and came in.
A great day rounded off with copious amounts of Guinness in Spillanes.... obviously!

Brandon Bay on 30/09/14

Rainbow over Gowlane
30/09/14
Rainbow over Gowlane, beach session waiting for swell and wind
Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Despite the fickle, light, offshore wind a much better day today. Again down at Gowlanes. The sun shone, my 5.9m got me through the impact zone and I caught some reasonable waves on my freestyle board.
An extra dimension was bumping into Neil McDonald - ex club member, who some of you may remember although he has turned to the dark side (kitesurfing). He was on my first club holiday (Margarita) so great to catch up with him.
All-in-all a good day, rounded off with plenty of Guinness in Spillanes

Added by Heather on 17/10/14

Sounds like an amazing trip. loved the photos.

Brandon Bay on 30/09/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.9

Despite the fickle, light, offshore wind a much better day today. Again down at Gowlanes. The sun shone, my 5.9m got me through the impact zone and I caught some reasonable waves on my freestyle board.
An extra dimension was bumping into Neil McDonald - ex club member, who some of you may remember although he has turned to the dark side (kitesurfing). He was on my first club holiday (Margarita) so great to catch up with him.
All-in-all a good day, rounded off with plenty of Guinness in Spillanes

Brandon Bay on 29/09/14

Rating:1 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.3

Not a great start to my Cribby course in Brandon Bay this year. First run out at Gowlanes, the wind dropped as I got to the impact zone and a wave broke on me and took out the main panel of my sail. So wasted much of the session trying to repair (too big), then borrowing a 5.1m from Guy. Not many waves to show for my efforts.

Brandon Bay on 05/10/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:99 litres
Sail:5.3

Last day in Ireland. After departing Waterville have not had much wind or swell - although did manage a surf at Inch Beach. Most of the group (including Guy) had early flights/ferries so just 4 of us left to make the most of Gowlane. Very small swell but there was wind - quickly changed my 5.9 for a 5.3. Quite gusty but the mini-waves had a good angle to the SW wind so you could get s few turns on them. Then it was time to hit the road for the 4 hr drive to the ferry :(

So all in all, we didn't have the best conditions that Ireland can offer, but we had a great couple of days at Waterville which became a real road trip - so now sitting on the ferry very happy with my week in Ireland and with plenty of tips to improve my waveriding.

 
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