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


Brandon Bay on 02/10/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:84 litres

After a morning on the reef break followed by a leisurely lunch we went around the corner to the beach break at Inchy Strand. Now fully powered up on a 4.7 and instead of a coseting reef break we had a breach break with the deepest impact zone I have ever seen. My session was pulled down a few pegs by some silly mistakes... In ascending order of consequence...
1 going for big air in the white water, stalling on landing and then getting trashed by the incoming wave x2
2 misjudging a set and then getting stuck in the world's longest impact zone in the middle of a set
3 carrying on sailing with no strength left in my arms to get in/out through the waves
4 letting go of my kit whilst getting hit by white water on the outside edge of the impact zone and then having the longest swim of my life back to shore whilst watching my kit getting washed up onto the beach (fortunately no breakage).
.. So an eventful day, now back at hotel for second night - with all clothes, toiletries etc back at base camp in Brandon Bay - definitely a road trip to remember!

Added by johng on 03/10/13

Ah, the old "arms too tired" error... you were lucky. I ended up getting rescued by the RNLI chaps at Westward Ho one time when my kit escaped, having been unable to waterstart and having had it knocked out of my hands after hanging around for what felt like a week.

And what's wrong with a freestyle fin? Better to be on the wave on any kit than tarting about on the beach.

Added by rogerta on 03/10/13

Oh happy memories Jonathan - ha ha ha - got take a beating every now and again!!

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