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


Vulcan attempt # 1
My first proper vulcan attempt...

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Weymouth     1    1           2  4
Morocco     3  3        4  1    11
Poole          2              2
Christchurch 1 1 1  1 2     2        8
Lepe & Calshot     3    4   1 2      1 11
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay1814227  3 27   2 6     2  83
Hayling Island 8114611  19 32   16       1  108
The Witterings and Bracklesham   1 1  6                8
Dahab          7 3 22 1 1 1  118
Lanzarote   13  151163214  11  1   40
Isle of Wight    11  1 3              6
Pagham     1                   1
Waterville, Ireland        2     2          4
Isle of Wight        2                2
Brandon Bay  11  115 9   2       1  21
South Devon (Bigbury)   1 1                1  3

Each cell shows number of sessions, click on a cell for more details.

Brandon Bay on 29/09/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:140 litres

So that didn't turn out quite how I was expecting. First go at foiling with tuition and kit curtesy of Guy Cribb. Wind very light at Scraggane and no one else was really getting going so my expectations were pretty low especially as being a beginner I was advised to take nothing more than a 7m
I borrowed someone else's kit and as I headed out I discovered the sail was a 8.6m which was hard work for a first go, however I got flight time on my first run and indeed on subsequent runs although I have to say I tired pretty quickly out of the harness and holding the biggest sail I have ever used.
In summary - probably not the ideal set-up but it was certainly effective. However I have a lot to learn..

Hayling Island on 16/09/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Nice to see Andrew and Clare (and Heather from the distance) but there the excitement ended. The wind never picked up (other than for a period of approximately 7 minutes 37 seconds - where at least I got planning consistently and a few little jumps). Still the sun shone, and my new wetsuit fitted.. so mustn't grumble

Hayling Island on 26/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:84 litres

It may have been August Bank Holiday but it felt distinctly autumnal today and didn?t stop raining for the entire 4+ hour session however I didn?t hear many people complaining - plenty of swell and on a 4.7m kept everyone smiling. On the beach it felt like you needed much less than a 4.7m however we launched when the tide was still quite high and the wind was dead onshore so power was needed to get out. The wind actually dropped as we launched and remained quite gusty however the relatively clean swell made up for this. My tri fin Quatro definitely has better acceleration between the waves than my old quad and the steep waves were great for back loop attempts although inevitably they all ended in a big crash...

Hayling Island on 19/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Was hoping for more wind but mustn?t grumble. Nicely powered for the first two hours then after lunch the wind dropped off. Had another on-off 2 hours and then rather frustratingly the wind picked up the second that I derigged. Pretty flat so mostly a freestyle session. Still trying to get more consistent with upwind 360s in chop; some progress made...

Lanzarote on 09/08/18

Costa Teguise low tide from beach 
Costa Teguise
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Boo Hoo, last day in Costa Teguise.
Wind a little gusty but 5.3m did the job. That said, I should have taken a Freewave rather than Skate. Some big curling waves made for big jumps and landing on a big board was a little scary - it got me thinking back to Robbie Naish in RIP landing 40 ft jumps on his slalom board. Unfortunately I didn't have the same technique to soften the landings so had to suffer the bumps. Likewise I had to back out of a few waves as it was clear that the Skate wasn't the right tool for the job and would have dug its nose at the bottom of the wave - I didn't fancy having to own up to yet more nose damage..
Great session though

Lanzarote on 08/08/18

Costa Teguise from beach at low tide
Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

Another great day in the sun. Wind a bit lighter so took the 5.6 Hero. More waves today although frustratingly the best ones for jumping were in the wind shadow so it was very difficult to built up speed to them although on a big freestyle board I did land a couple of jumps with a clatter.
Frustrating progress with loops - I suspect the answer is higher and harder. Although ironically my biggest wipeout, with resultant damage to the front of the board, was going too steep down a waveface, digging in and being hauled over the front.. I was then given helpful loop advice by someone who then admitted to perforating his ear drum looping yesterday.. so maybe I should take that with a pinch of salt..

Lanzarote on 07/08/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:110 litres

Thought i?d missed the wind, went out on a 5m and the wind dropped. However after floating around for 30 min the wind kicked back in and 5m was fine. Even the waves started to appear albeit still pretty small but some reasonable ramps. Good 4 hr session - worth missing lunch for!

Lanzarote on 06/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:110 litres

So today the wind switched on. I hung on to my 5.6 and big board but could have been on a 5m. The lack of waves meant that everyone was out making the most of the wind - which was great to see and there was plenty of space. However there was some evil wind chop in the flat water in front of the rocks which was a real test of gybing commitment. You had to sheet in hard to force through it. Release the pressure and you generally either exploded or the fin would spin out resulting in that horrible phenomenon where the board stalls and you land on the sail mid gybe. Excellent session and hopefully more tomorrow maybe even with some waves

Lanzarote on 05/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

Old faithful 110 Skate and 5.7m. Perfect for 45mins until the wind dropped and a bit of a slog back in, in next to no wind. But at least I wasn?t as far out as I was on Friday when the same thing happened.

Lanzarote on 03/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:110 litres

No wind really forecast today but there seemed to be a bit of breeze on the beach so gave it a bash. Had a brief period of planing before the wind completely switched off and then turned dead offshore. I was a long way out at this time and spent the last hour slogging back upwind. Good tacking practice...

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