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


Carl and Heather

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
Pagham        1 1
Cornwall 12 1 3 4 11
Weymouth    4  22 8
Rhosneigr  1     3 4
North Devon      1 2 3
Poole      313 7
Christchurch120454351754 1211298
Lepe & Calshot  2 1 115 10
Lee on Solent, Hillhead & Stokes Bay      2 4 6
Brandon Bay 2  3   1 6
Hayling Island 2   111  5
The Gower and Pembrokeshire  1 1     2

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

Christchurch on 14/02/13

Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

Dead offshore wind so another freestyle session on the pond. My front zip single lined suit is starting to show its age (like the owner) and was a tad chilly last time so I had invested in a couple of items to keep a bit warmer. The new "gimp hat" was good, no more freezing cold water stuck inside my ears after every crash. The new gloves were less effective, but then leaving them at home on the dining table wasn't exactly a good test.

Christchurch on 31/01/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:98 litres

Despite a decent enough wind for a 4.7m and reasonable waves, it was too offshore of the front so it was round to the pond for a spot of vulcan practice. It was pretty warm sailing about in the sun, the icy water slap in the face from each failed attempt was a bit less pleasant. After two hours the best I could manage was a sort of sideways slide before being thrown off. I know what I'm doing wrong (and its a long list) but I'm a stuck record still going through the same mistakes over and over again. Lots of fun trying though.

Added by johng on 01/02/13

"I'm a stuck record still going through the same mistakes over and over again" - ah, how well do I know that feeling!! So, how do you shock yourself out of that mislearned muscle memory?? A topic for post-AGM discussion...

Christchurch on 28/01/13

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres

The wind was a bit light to start off with so went out on 5.4m and freestyle board. Despite the lighter wind, the forecast 16 sec period had brought the most fantastic waves. The wind picked up and the freestyle board was getting a bit uncomfortable so after a couple of very loud flat landings I decided to change down so as to keep this board in one piece. After changing board twice and rig once, I was finally on the perfect kit, 4.5m and waveboard and had such a great time on this I didn't even notice when my ticket ran out until about 2 hours later. Eventually came in when the 4.5m was too much but couldn't really feel my hands by then anyway, maybe I should invest in some gloves.

Christchurch on 31/12/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:74 litres

First time out in weeks due to other commitments. There was a good swell and with all the flooding locally the high tide was right up the beach. I was a bit unfit after about 6 weeks absence but had a great time for a while, some nice waves and good jumps. Then I came in for a rest and if I'd packed up it would probably have been a great day. Instead I went to go back out and totally mistimed it and got caught out. At this point I could probably still have made it out of harms way but stupidly decided I could get my board up the right way and get on before the next break. I did, but far too slowly and then found myself heading into a wall of white with no speed whatsover. After a good rinsing I got spat up the beach but pulled out by the undertow again before I could even get up and was back out of my depth. As I started to swim back for the shore at least I could see my kit had washed quite high, out of harms way, well almost. Then I got picked up by an even bigger break and somehow ended up on top of my kit and sucked back out again. A couple more rinsings and I found myself under the sail being pushed along the sand. The exfoliation is good for the face, or so I'm told, unfortunately the friction was too much, my jaw wouldn'd stay closed and I ended up eating quite a bit of sand. I finally made it out of the sea, coughing up half the beach while a couple of friends helped me rescue my kit. I felt such a muppet, its so long since I've been caught out this badly by a bit of shorebreak that I'd forgotten it ever happened. Then I found out the shorebreak had also claimed a friends board and sadly, for someone else a broken leg. All this in a place that's known for it good waves but without the normal shorebreak problems. I wonder what Hayling was like?

Added by johng on 31/12/12

Wow, you were lucky! Or daft, going out again! Always a tricky call, the "just one more" run, caught me out a few times! Really glad to hear you're ok, it's a shock when the familiar turns deadly, and maybe that's the hardest part to handle...

Happy New Year :) !!!!

Christchurch on 22/11/12

Rating:5 star rating
Board:74 litres

43 knots when I arrived at the beach, some nice waves and the usual friendly faces. Everyone was smiling this day, I even got round one of my forward attempts but mis timed the landing of course. Can't beleive I had actually forgotten about it until I remembered that a professional photographer had showed up later on to take some pictures of us and then recently came across his shots:-


Totally amazing day, when is the next one please?

Added by Yannis on 18/12/12

No shoes!

Christchurch on 12/11/12

Rating:2 star rating
Board:98 litres

Light wind freestyle session at Avon with some small waves to mess about on. After a few backwards dunkings from poorly executed vulcan attempts close in I decided that the water being forced down the neck of my wetsuit was a tad chilly. I think I need my eyes testing aswell because it seemed to be getting dark but it was the middle of the day.

Christchurch on 31/10/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:74 litres

Good session in the gales at Avon with some nice waves. Not really massive given the wind strength, peaking about a couple of feet over head high but still good. Everyone was out on 4.0's when I got there so I rigged the same, but unfortunately most of them were coming in to change down just as I hit the water. I really should have done the same, but I stuck with the 4.0 for some reason and was too overpowered to get any decent rides or even gybe properly. The jumping was great though, one or two went on for ages and felt higher than I've ever been before but I was so overpowered there were definately no loop attempts from me. After a couple of hours sailing I had to go anyway, the car park was filling up by then and a number of the windsurfing royalty had started to show up. I stuck around for 20 minutes to watch before leaving and glad I did. It was like watching a PWA Pozo event - massive back loops and push loops, most of them landed cleanly and people planing away from endo forwards among the many other things going on. Don't think I've ever seen such a high standard at such a close proximity it certainly made me realise just how feeble my own attempts at loops etc are, but also gave me the inspiration to try harder. Hopefully November will bring us more of the same before too long.

Christchurch on 15/10/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:98 litres

Despite a good forecast, the strong wind only came up late afternoon and the tide was pretty low. The cross off wind and low tide created a mirror flat area inside, perfect for trying vulcans and other freestyle so I went out to join the fun. As the tide came back up, the waves started coming through and made for some good jumping and even a bit of DTL riding. By now it was almost dark and most people had gone, just me and John V out twighlight wavesailing. Thought I might have overdone it and be locked in as the van was on its own in the darkened car park, fortunately I found its still open to 10.00 so I was spared walking home.

Christchurch on 04/10/12

Rating:3 star rating
Board:98 litres

A short and sweet couple of hours in the harbour, the only other people out were all packing up as I went out complaining of being overpowered. Had the whole harbour to myself for a while then I was joined by a few of the locals. For a couple of hours, 5.4m was about perfect then it started to drop off a bit but my parking ticket had run out by then anyway.

Christchurch on 02/10/12

Rating:4 star rating
Board:85 litres

Another good day at Avon, the wind a bit stronger than Sunday but also sometimes a bit patchy today. We sailed through double high tides and although there was some swell, the depth of the bars was making the waves less clean and unpredictable. They could form and break almost anywhere and there were lots of people flying upwind then downwind as you really had to hunt out the waves, but when you did find yourself in the right place at the right time it was fantastic.

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