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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)

Tim

Sydney, Australia on 09/04/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

A quick hour in cross-off at Longreef main beach. Some small waves allowed for few turns and the occasional aerial attempt. By late morning the wind had died and the SUPs came out. A marginal sail but still fun and great for technique. Everyone is amped for Tuesday's southerly.

Sydney, Australia on 05/04/12

Rating:5 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Ok UK we are waiting to hear about Cornwall. Gerroa, 2 hours south of Sydney turned on the best day in years for what has to be the last seabreeze of the season. 11 second, 4-6' swell rolled into the bay made for epic 2-300m rides. Unbelievable for a predominately beach break area. Wind was 12-20knts and gave over 4 hrs of non-stop pure power Wavesailing. No spinny, flicky stuff just smooth top to bottom gauges, vertical attacks and aerials. I'll have some pics in a few weeks when over back to work. The conditions could have said to be patchy and a few masts were sacrificed when folks got caught inside when the bomb sets come through. The other downside was the 1/4 mile walk back up the beach to access the channel after a long ride. When you are heading out and made it past the break zone and start to see a bomb set 'feathering' out the back the only thing to do was blast out over the first 2 waves and hook into the biggest ride of your life!!! Sorry to tease but it was sensational

Sydney, Australia on 26/03/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Had a quick sail in the late afternoon at my local, Longreef. An unusual strong NE seabreeze had just enough push to plane off the beach. Pretty good for 45mins until the breeze faded at 5pm. Longreef has not really worked on this direction since the 80's and 90's when it was the premier Sydney wave spot. Back in the day the Hawaiins used to come our to do the east coast comps culminating in the $50,000 Sony Surflight International. Watching Robby Naish tear up your local spot when you're just a grommet was awesome. Now, when the planets align the occasional day is possible but rare.

Sydney, Australia on 24/03/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Fun, fun, fun in the sun. A cold westerly started blowing at 9:30 and some long period southerly waves appeared. Only 2 with the odd 3' waves and the wind more cross-off and gusty made it a little challenging. However, the waves were peeling nicely with the odd lip to attempt an aerial off. All this within walking distance from my place and best mates in the water made it just better. I moved from the beachbreak to try to pick up some of the bigger swells on the outer Bombora but only picked up two nice ones before the wind died. A very good day and will load up a few pics in couple of days.

Sydney, Australia on 18/03/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Groundhog day. Same location, same time but more wind and nice peaky little 2' waves coming through out on Longreef point. Another hike down the headland and tricky launch in dead off shore winds from the rocks but pretty much planning straight away. The rock platform alongside the break makes for supersmooth water on the inside. There is a nice 100m runup to hhe waves so you can hit them at full speed. I was totally powered on my 5.2 and it did not matter that the waves were small as they held up a long time offering a nice ramp for getting height. I practiced waterstarting offer each backloop attemp - nearly landed one. By 2:00pm there were about 10 sailors on the water - busy for sydney Wavesailing. Finished the day totally shagged (I'm not quite sure if this is the right English slang) staring into a coffee and trying to download the days pictures. I will try and upload a few in the next few days.

Sydney, Australia on 15/03/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Headed down to southern Sydney to get a wave at Wanda. Arrived just as the wind jumped up to 20kts but there was only a small windswell happening. Cracked a nice tabletop to warmup for some backloop attempts - which is easy when the water is warm and the sun is out. Alas the incoming tide swallowed up the small peaks coming in from the nth east. The wind swung a little to north and gusty so instead of being slightly over powered on the 5.2 staying planning in the holes required more work. Decided to work on technique and so practiced tacking the little 76ltr JP twinzer. A lot more practice will be needed! Weekend is looking good with 2 days southerly winds forecast. A couple of reef breaks might start working as 2-3 mtr swells are predicted - 4-6 ft faces in nonmetric. Cheers

Added by Genevieve on 16/03/12

Keep up the tacking - Jem Hall would advise trying it again on the other direction, rather than your favoured side...Nice sounding swell. We are not jealous at all.

Sydney, Australia on 09/03/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

A late southery of about 14-17knots was predicted for around 3pm. True the forecast it came so I ventured 20mins north of my place to a reef break at Newport beach. A huge 5-6' swell had come out of nowhere on Thursday and a few remnants were hanging around. All the ingredients were there but not quite. Got a few down the line head high waves but the wind was slightly onshore meaning you really had to swing your hips and open up the clew in the top turn. I did not. After 45 mins or so the wind really backed off to subplanning, the Kiters were dropping out of the sky and it was time to chat with the oldboys who had arrived a but late. A quick one, pretty fun and a good supplement to a couple of hours stand-up paddling earlier in the day.

Added by Genevieve on 12/03/12

sounds like swinging the hips on the dancefloor can be a good warm up, and Imight have to keep that in mind, if ever I should chance upon some head high waves ever again...Come on Gwythian...you can do it!

Sydney, Australia on 06/03/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Back to my local beach, Longreef for a cross- onshore southerly. Hit the water at 5pm after work and was mostly fully powered up in 15-18 knots. Tried some backloops off the 2' waves but only genuinely came close once. Lots of Kiters zipping about any direction they please which was a little frustrating. Wind turned dead onshore and started to drop a fraction at 6:30pm. Came in for a chat with the boys and make predictions about big Thursday coming up. 5 min drive home, pizza and the cricket on the box. Maybe this why Aussie windsurfers are a little soft.

Added by johng on 08/03/12

Jeez, Tim, you're going to have to stop bigging this all up so much, or we'll have to come down there and show you how to do it! 45m swims, random kiters... Sounds like Poole Harbour!

Added by Tim on 08/03/12

On reflection, a little silly to attempt such an offshore break in cross-off winds. On the plus side the water is warm and the local wildlife is well fed and unlikely to take a bite out of you. Kiters in the surf has really taken off here in the last 18mths - 2 years. There ability to get so close to wind, turn on a dime and propensity to change direction with no warning has created a little conflict of late.

Added by Genevieve on 10/03/12

Those kiters! but one of them, a californian, was nice enough to tow me in at fisherman's when my boom broke, which makes up for the umpteen dozen I have dragged in all trussed up with the lines wrapped around their ankles. We are all sharing

Sydney, Australia on 04/03/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:5.2

Finally a sunny day in Sydney after the worst week of rain and even flood evacuations in western Sydney. Went to my local beach, Longreef which is 5 mins drive away and managed an hours Wavesailing. Light wind, a nasty shorebreak that claimed one mast but some punchy chest high waves. Lots of surfers learning in the water, families and sun worshipers. Later in the day tried a seldom sailed reef break off the point at Longreef called Butterbox. 20 mins.to walk there, launch by jumping off the rocks, 3 nice waves before the wind died and then a 45 min swim back. I think this is called 'paying your dues'. Later in the week looks promising for a southerly. Cheers from down under.

Added by Genevieve on 04/03/12

Sounds good, except for the payback...! :) Hayling might have trumped this one.

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