Log in

Remember me

register...

password reminder...

Most popular

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

jonathan

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.

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.

go back