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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

Setting up at Wanda beach, Sydney
09/12/07

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
7686144
Poole  11
Hayling Island 1 1
Sydney, Australia15  15
Total151117

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Hayling Island on 08/07/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:86 litres
Sail:5.4

Well I finally sailed Hayling Island. I must say the stones here are much nicer than Bramble Bush, a little more rounded and large enough so that they don't end up all through the car when packing up! I still had to borrow a pair of flip flops from my OMC sponsor who took pity on me as I hobbled down to the shore. I was initially underpowered on a NP 5.4 but as the wind filled I was able to carve through my gybes. I hiked upwind to the famous Hayling sandbar which certainly showed potential but the tide was rising. Wavelets came from a variety of directions but long low jumps were possible out near this weird pole that seems to be without purpose out near the channel. The water was not too cold either - mind you I was still wearing my cold weather Aussie wetsuit to keep the ice at bay. I was fully content after 2 hours and felt a little guilty that I did not exchange gear with Genevieve who was on a new 6.1 Fly - but I was not worthy of using such nice NP gear!! Next time K-Bay in mast high 30knots!!

Poole on 08/07/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:144 litres
Sail:6.9

Caught up with the OMC at Bramblebush bay and was kindly lent some big kit for a slalom sail in lightish winds. Got some nice planning runs in super flat water on a nice JP/NP combo. I had forgotten how nice it is to be fully powered and hanging onto a big sail in 11knts!! Unfortunately I left to catch the Andy Murray final on the tele and missed the westerly front that came in later in the afternoon. My only issue - those beach pebbles are really sharp!
Oh, that Square Compass Inn is fantastic

Sydney, Australia on 07/05/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:4.5

Awful sail but still good - testing. Makaha had become like some beckoning Siren only to through you into the mercy of the sea. 20knots with serious holes just where a NE swell crashed into the buiding southswell. How is it possible to be struggling to water start as someone planes not 5 meters from you? Some serious words were said in vain as waves crashed in from opposing sides. This was after the worst rock launch I have ever done, only to be bettered by the attempt to swim in through the rock garden with waves and wind gusting through to 35knots. Yep it was truly vile but there were some rides to be had and after we had walked back to the carpark, with a new collection of scratches and dings it did seem worth it .... but only just!

Sydney, Australia on 29/04/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:4.5

Sydney dished up a perfect forecast for those of us who like a bit of a lie in on a Sunday. A sunny morning spent at the coffee shop was replaced by a solid 25knt southerly that arrived bang on cue. As the outdoor umbrellas tumbled Mark (UK now resident) headed to the usual southerly spot. As we trekked out to the headland trying to hold onto gear as it was blown in the wind we discussed the merits of some sort of trolley system or hiring sherpas. We do not have to contend with scrambing down cliffs or negotiating slippery goat tracks in the rain! Makaha delivered a consistent wind and opting for my Servene 4.5 blade I was fully lit up getting jumps on the way out. You can see from the pics that the waves were a little soft, spilling as they wrapped around the headland. As the wind was a little onshore it required a certain finess to open the clew and keep the power in the sail. This is a perfect back looping spot but as my foot was still injured from weeks earlier I just chose straight air time - some nice 4 second jumps and some huge bail outs as occassionally it was just a little overpowering.

Sydney, Australia on 11/04/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:4.5

Sydney's blast from the SW continued for a second day but as everyone was back at it was lonely on the water. Another hike out to the headland to sail Makaha. This time I rigged a 4.5 Severne Blade which has more topend than my 4.7. I haven't used it for about 9mths so I had forgotten how sweet it is to be have a nicely balanced piece of kit perfectly suited to the 20-25knots blowing cross-off at the point. Personally i prefer to be a little underpowered for waveriding but still be able to bear-off and pump for jumps. The swell was very south but still sizable with the bigger sets well overhead and approaching 3/4 mast. It was possible to stall on the outside and pickup the larger waves, hook into a nice bottom turn and redirect into a drawn out top turn as the shoulder of the wave was quite soft. The odd wave would standup and throw a lip but my timing was mostly out. By 1:00pm the high tide had swallowed up the majority of the swell so i began the journey in. Option A is to pick up a gust and fly through the windshadow past the headland and hope you can drift in to fishermans bay- but this can lead to a very long swim in (the is a rouge turtle that has been known to attack) Option B is to pinch upwind as much as possible, then swim in 50m climb over a series of rounded beachstones - ankle breaking/kit dinging type rocks, derig and walk back up the headland with board and sail being flung round in the wind. It's a mission but well worth it!

Added by rogerta on 16/04/12

We did get pretty good conditions for this early in the year, however not sure Cornwall came up to Sydney standards - these sound epic conditions (looking forwards to seeing the piccies).

Added by Tim on 24/04/12

I've loaded a couple of pictures from the day before from Gerroa. As usual it felt so much bigger than what the pics indicate. At times I needed a lie down after so much adrenalin!

Sydney, Australia on 10/04/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:4.7

Sydney was hit with a cold SW that meant temps plummeted and a wooly beanie was dug out of the back of the wardrobe. It was picnic day for union members so Irish Ryan organized to meet me at Longreef headland for another Makaha sail. By 9:30 we were on the water and seriously overpowered. I could have been better equipped on a 4.5 and my little 69ltr qattro. Instead did 2 hours survival sailing while trying to wave ride. Jumping was out of the question as bullet gusts would tear the rig from your hands. To cope with the excess of power a new bottom turning technique was tested which involved laying the rig down behind your back foot and leaning forward to keep the board's rail engaged. Had to come in when 35knt gusts made even basic gybes difficult, spray and mist made it harder to see and a hot coffee and banana bread beckoned.

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 07/04/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:76 litres
Sail:4.7

Another awesome day in Sydney. The previous day's seabreeze was replaced with a huge southerly that hit bang on as predicted. The boys were ready having coffee watching the whitecaps just appear - then it was a rush to pay the bill and get rigged. This time the break was Voodoos about 200 yds further out from Longreef point. Seldom sailed as this reef break is way out but still the access is the same as Makaha. Our version of the 'goat trail' is a bit more civilized with nice stairs down the headland and a small grassy patch at the base. About 1/2 dozen of us were out all keeping an eye out as the conditions were pretty intimidating. The reef focused the northerly swell, refracting all the power into the peak and creating a 'race track' as the wave bent towards you for a fast cut back. With so much water pushing onto the reef the logo high waves were packed with power. I had a nasty hold down, another guy snapped a UJ and lost his rig and a couple of guys decided to just 'watch' after a few runs. The waves were rearing up quite quickly as the water in the pit 'boiled' around the reef (I'm guessing about 6' feet deep). Bottom turning was tricky as little steps would form in the face. The bigger sets would barrel and spit spray if you got to close. It was possible to sail downwind around the reef and stay out of trouble but with waves like this on offer and your mates shouting at you to hit the section it was impossible not to risk a few rinsings. It was a day of adrelalin overload and at times I just wanted a nice cuppa and a lie down.

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.

 
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