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30/04/14

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard / sail sizeTotal
90
0.0
158
4.5
North Devon1 1
Hayling Island 11
Total112

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North Devon on 23/08/14

Rating:2 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:0.0

Many thanks to the warm welcome to Westward Ho beach, from Nigel, Mark and Chris.

Today I took my first surfing class (yes, without a sail, in those rolling waves), 8ft foam beginners board with 3x skegs and leash. Great fun.! 1m waves, warm water.

The first big learning experience was - get to the same speed as the wave, if you want to catch the wave. Really helpful to have an instructor propel your board into the passing wave. Get the feel of the benefit.

Second learning point was to keep low on board till you've got the hang of balance and steering. Only then should you think about try to stand up.

By 3pm, the clouds parted and the sun came out.

Fantastic beach, the instructors said last winter storms moved a lot of sand, and at low tide lot of clay patches and boulders are now visible. There are about 3x boat wrecks, leaving wooden beams protruding, but not marked.

Lifeguards mark a swimming/surfing area with flags.

Hayling Island on 03/08/14

Rating:3 star rating
Board:158 litres
Sail:4.5

Great day, learning beach starts. Nice calm water with the sand bar acting as a break. Later in the day the wind eased down, to disappoint most kite sailors, but just fine for me :)

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