Thursday, 2 December 2010
So the end of the trip in Jeri was awesome! Together with Ali and Bryan we visited Camocim for our last few days, a river mouth a few hours up the coast. Unlike Jeri Camocim feels like a real Brazilian town with hardly any tourists it was a real experience to visit. We went to a traditional market one morning and together with Ali we were definitely the only gringos for miles and were getting some funny looks!! The sailing spot is situated over the other side of the river from the town so in the mornings we would rig up in our pousada cross the main road and sail upwind across the river to get there. It was definitely the flattest spot I've ever sailed! We filmed most the day and got some sick moves on camera including some triple combinations. To be honest it was so flat that if we werent filming it would of been really easy to get bored after landing everything I've ever done in about half an hour I was a bit like oh what now!! Also at the spot with us was the Swedish couple Anna Person and Peter Svenson who directed Four Dimensions so it was really interesting to get some of Peters creative perspective on what we were filming.
The local vibe at the spot was awesome and there was a bunch of 10-15 year old kids absolutely killing it! They were sailing on some pretty retro kit and still nailing some of the latest moves. It made me wish I had cleaned out my garage at home and brought a load of stuff for them. They only had a few sets of kit between them so they would be sat on the side waiting in turns to use it, some of them didnt even have harnesses and would still be blasting around and jumping in about 30kts! Bryan and Peter gave the kids a whole rig when we left and it was amazing to see the looks on their faces and if you visit watch out for the seriously powered up 10 year olds on a 4.5 firefly with an x9 mast!!!! I would definitely urge anyone planning on visiting the spot to take something for these kids as they have no chance of being able to afford any gear for themselves!
We spent one more day in Jeri before starting the grueling 35 hour journey back to London via Sao Paulo. All the footage is with Bryan the man behind Cold Water productions and the video should be ready around the new year and it will be sick!! We really tried to avoid making another typical Jeri video and almost didnt even film in Jeri itself!
So for me now its England for 6 weeks while I do some restaurant work to help save for the tour next year before heading back to Dahab where I will be working for Club Dahab. I have some big news that will hopefully be released in the coming weeks which I'm pretty excited about!
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Just arrived back in Jeri after an awesome 10 days, 2 hours up the coast in Icaraizinho. The buggy adventure on the way was epic and the conditions were amazing with such a variety due to the reef and different states of tide. Wont give too much away as there will be a travel feature coming soon on Boardseeker but it was amazing! We got loads of filming done and I finally learnt a new move I've been working on for ages the Burner!! These photos are just screen shots taken from the filming but you can see the full res pictures in my Facebook album-
Massive thanks to Club Dos Ventos! Check out
It was really nice to experience some new spots and I'm sure there is so many more that are yet to be discovered on this coastline. The plan now is to spend a few days here in Jeri and then head to Camocim a river mouth about 2 hours away and stay there for 3 days. Some guys have just got back from a trip their and it sounds epic so hopefully we will get some sick footage!
Saturday, 16 October 2010
So after around 30 hours travelling I finally made it back to the beautiful Brazillian village Jericoacoara. I was tempted to get the bus for the last part of the journey but when Chico Bento e-mailed me offering a ride in his new 4x4 I couldnt resist. In true Jeri fashion its been windy everyday so far and have even been using my 3.9 the last few days. We have also had a few days of waves so have been smacking the lip on my 90l freestyle board which is quite frustrating as couldnt get hold of a waveboard! Here are a few clips from a Go Pro which I borrowed from Club Dos Ventos-
Already having a minor problem with my back and foot so am going to take it easy for a few days to get back into it and make the most of the 6 weeks. The plan at the moment is to stay in Jeri for a month and then head to Icarazinho and hopefully some un-discovered spots for the last two weeks.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
So just made it back from sunny Sylt where the last event of the season was taking place. Unfortunately we only got one day of freestyle in meaning that it would be the third event of the year without a double elimination. This just means unless you have a very good seeding its hard to get a chance to improve your ranking. I went out in the second round of the single elimination against a very good friend of mine and now the world no.6 Phil Soltysiak so I wasnt to dissapointed and it meant that I would stay in 17th place and get me enough points so I could discard my result from Ausrtia. So I finish the year with a 17th an 11th and another 17th which gets me in 21st position overall for my first year on tour.
Im feeling really focused on what moves I need to learn for next year and cant wait to get out to Jericoaoara in a few days where I will be spending the next 6 weeks !! Check out my video from there last year -
Saturday, 25 September 2010
My sails are rigged and ready to go and my new Spartan wetsuits are waiting to keep me warm when I enter the North Sea for my first heat against a good friend of mine from Canada, Philip Soltysiak. The only thing missing is some wind...
At the moment I am ranked 24th overall, this includes a 33rd from Podersdorf, 17th from Lanzarote and 11th from Fuerteventura. This is our 4th event of the season, which means we get 1 discard. My goal is to finish in the top 16 this event to be able to discard my 33rd. Where this would put me overall for the season really depends on how my competitors finish....Deja vu
You can watch live video from the contest at the PWA World Tour website.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Right so Monday morning I was still feeling pretty tired after a weekend spent pumping around on my 5.7 so I didn't want to travel to far so luckily enough my girlfriends house is only a 2 minute walk from the beach. It was high tide and it looked windy so I rigged by 5.1 and my 4.8 for her and within about half an hour I swapped down on to the 4.8! It was pretty choppy but this was good as I was keen to get some practice in ready for the messy conditions in Sylt. Most of the pictures in this post are from the session at Aldwick (near Pagham) Thanks to Gary Mercer for the shots.With Tuesday still looking good I thought it was about time I went and sailed at Nik and Ant Bakers home spot Shoreham aka Shorekipa after hearing so much about it over the years. We got there for low tide and Adam Simms was already out on the water fully powered on 4.5 I looked at Ant and commented on how sick it looked out there but he wasnt impressed with the size of the waves!! Didnt bother me too much and on my first few runs I was almost convinced I was back in Jericocoara if it wasnt for the grey skies and lack of Italians ripping up the white water It could of been. As the tide started to push it did get a bit more full on and there was some steep waves starting to appear. Wave sailing is something that Ive never really had a chance to do that much so it was good to have a go a bit of waveriding and I even made a few takas on my 90l freestyle board!! I eventually swapped for a waveboard and couldnt beleive how much time I'd wasted trying to ride on the freestyle board, unfortunately it wasnt quite forgiving enough for my dodgy takas! After completely knackering myself out it was of to Brighton for a bit of shopping! ( limp wrist was completely intentional!!!! ) After the wave session at shoreham I was keen to carry on training for Sylt and with the forecast not looking so promising I couldnt beleive my luck to wake up to yet another windy day. For low tide we headed to West Wittering to make the most out of the lagoon aka "the trench". I had never sailed Wittering in a SW before and it was unbelievable! some of the flatest water I've ever seen and it made everything too easy I think. After sailing for about two hours the lagoon was filling up so I went for a little play in the waves but soon remembered that I needed to save some energy for the afternoon session I had lined up. My girlfriend and I had been out for dinner the night before with Club Vass colleagues Ellie and Chris Muzza Murray and arranged to go somewhere with them for high tide. Unfortunately Muzza is Injured but he led us too the Esso garage spot on Hayling Island. Whils consuming a massive lunch we all packed in the van to watch the tide rise enough to reveal some more ridiculously flat water. Check out some of pictures as the sun started to drop with Portsmouth in the background!
After the session at the Esso garage I was gratefull to have a few days of before getting one more session in at my home spot West Mersea, Essex. It was pretty light but good sail with my Dad and Uncle!! About to start the drive to Sylt leaving in 5 hours so best get some sleep!
Monday, 13 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Monday, 6 September 2010
Planned to get up really early as I wanted to get two sessions in. First of all Collected my best mates Jay and Dan who both havent done much windsurfing in the last year and head to West Mersea beach where we used to sail together a lot. Rigged my 5.1 Simmer Blacktip and was fully powered up, the conditions were awesome with some really nice shaka ramps on the way out and when the tide dropped a super flat spot appeared behind one of the sandbars. Was glad to get out in the UK before the British freestyle championships next weekend in Poole as it took the edge of the nerves a bit and helped me remeber how to judge the brown chop!!!
I sailed at Mersea in the new Spartan 3/3 wetsuit with fluid lined seems and it was unbeleivable! Definitely the most flexible suit I've ever worn and was still so warm I could almost get away with using it all winter. I was just really impressed with everything about the suit down to the amazing finish on the neoprene and the super flexible seems that look amazing aswel. After the Mersea session it was off to Alton Water, one of the places I learnt to windsurf when I was growing up. I had arranged to meet proffessional windsurfing photographer Simon Crowther as he lives nearby to document the occasion. Unfortunately the wind had dropped abit by the time we arrived but I rigged my 5.7 to go out and test the conditions to see if it was worth shooting and I got planing in every gust! So Si and Jay set up Si's new lighting equipment that is rigged through remote control straight to the camera. It was hard work pumping onto the plane so close into the shore but after two hours of it and lots of arm cramp we were realy happy with one of the shots especiall considering the conditions! Hope to see it in the one of the mags soon..
Big thanks to the guys at Alton Water as they were all super helpfull!
Forecast looks like it might even be windy for Windfest so keeping my fingers crossed for next weekend!
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
This week I am currently teaching the advanced carve gybe group which is going really well and the conditions have been perfect. Just did a video session yesterday afternoon in perfect 4.7 weather so getting ready to debrief that this morning.
Beginning to seem a bit surreal that I only have one more week left out here before returning to the UK for the British championships. My Dad has just invested in a VW Transporter T5 for us to use for windsurfing purposes so pretty stoked to be driving that around when I get home.
Only home for a few weeks though and then heading to Slyt for the final PWA freestyle event of the year. I got my confirmed entry through a couple of days ago without a wildcard entry because of my overall ranking so that was a nice change!
Thursday, 12 August 2010
After 2 days sleeping at Gatwick I finally made it to Kefalonia the island next to Lefkada on Sunday. Just as I thought I was back home we found out the ferries to Vass were all cancelled because it was so windy. I just made it on as a foot passenger but had to leave my good friend Greg and his Van behind. It must of been about 45kts as we were pulling into Vass and with the sounds of the car alarms going off and the greek lady crying and praying behind me I could see why they were all cancelled!
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Ok so like I did when I was in Lanzarote last month I will be continuing my own personal report on the event over on the Boardseeker forum. Please take a look and get involved with the discussion! http://www.boardseekermag.com/forum/read.php?3,5314
Monday, 26 July 2010
So me and Bubble made it back to Gatwick last night and I am now currently sitting at home back in Essex. The last few weeks out in Vass have been awesome! My first week back I spent in the Dungeon that is board repair at Club Vass which was rather itchy but meant I was on top of the sailing rota everyday so got loads of time on the water and managed to land Gollitos new move the "Matador"
The last week we have had Dave White out for his legendary speed week. Check the Video out here- http://boards.mpora.com/videos/featured-videos/speed-week-club-vass-2010.html
It was my turn this week to take the prokidz which is always a good challenge! Most of the kids I have taught quite a lot over the last 3 years but there were still a few new faces. The group ranged from kids wanting to plane to kids learning loops and vulcans. Luckily I had an assistant so we mananaged to split the group a bit in terms of when we were teaching them which was good as i got to spend lots of with everyone in the group even though there was a big range in ability. All the kids did awesome with the lighter winds at the beginning of the week really helping get their confidence and by the end of the week all of them were planing in the harness. The two that were learning to Vulcan and loop also did really well and improved a lot.
So after a bit of a last minute panic when it came to booking some very expensive flights we are finally off tomorrow morning. My flight ended up coming in at 120 more than Bubbles when half way through boking I realised I'd forgotten my bank card so quickly biked home to get it and by the time I got back ahhhhhhh 120 pounds!! And we arent even flying direct to Fuerteventura we have to go back to Lanzarote rent a car get a ferry then drive down to Sotavento. Not complaining to much it should be good fun and this also means we get a few days after the event to hang around in the canaries.
Photos by Scott Perry
Monday, 5 July 2010
Ok Boardwise have just set up their new blog site where you can receive news from what all of the team riders are up too! I will be posting on there aswell from now so keep an eye out. You can also sign up to receive info about some exclusive deals that boardwise have to offer.
Check it out - http://www.boardwise.co.uk/blog/
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Just got back from the beach after an action packed day here Lanzarote! after it looking so unpromosing this morning with all the signs saying it wasnt going to happen today it was quite a shock that straight after lunch it filled in perfectly. I was in the second heat so rushed straight out on my 5.4 Simmer Blacktip. The heats were 7 minutes with the best 3 moves on each side counting with a maximum of 6 attempts!
Before I knew it I was at the upwind buoy wishing I had my 5.1. I was up against the German Adrian Beholz G-888 who has had some good results this year including a 2nd place at the efpt in Leucate. I sailed a solid heat opening with a massive shaka that I was pretty happy with and found myself looking for my watch at the end with a few minutes left after I had done all my moves so I threw in a no handed flaka, must of been at bit to far downwind though as all three of the judges wrote it down as 1 handed!! We knew it was close as we were stood waiting by the elimination board for ages. It was then announced that Beholz had advanced on a tie break decision. I ran to check the score sheets and what happens when its tied is they take the best score from the technical difficulty points above the other scores so even though I had more style points he passed the heat. Throughout the day the difference between the guys winning and losing was mostly the ability to do the moves even when they are hardly planing! I can do those moves when im fully powered on 4.8 but definitely havent been training them enough in crap conditions!!
Bubble was up against his team mate the Brazilian Ian Mouro Lemos. Straight away you could tell Bubble was overpowered on 5.3 and struggling to make the moves quick enoughwhere as Ian on his 4.9 was flying round some of his! It was pretty close but the decision went with Mouro Lemos!!!
Main upset in the first round was young Bonnare hot shot Bjorn Saragoza knocking out current tour leader Taty Frans!! Saragoza advanced until the last 8 when he then met Canadian champ and good friend of mine Philip Soltysiak (or Saltysack as we call him) Saltysack was on fire after just knocking out local boy Antxon Oetagui at his home spot. He sailed the heat of the contest so far against Saragoza and completely nailed all his moves including Culos, Burners, konos and a triple flaka!!! For me it was more exciting watching Phil on fire and clearly winning the heat than any of the England matches this world cup!! I almost felt that he was on my team and we were winning!!
On the other side of the draw in the fight to get to the last 4 was Steven Van Broekhoven up against Tonky Frans. For us sitting on the beach it looked pretty close but I we were all certain that Steven had won the heat. Next thing we know Tonky is heading back out to sail in the semi final and Steven Is pretty angry walking over to the judges box. Steven was annoyed that in the split decision two of the judges had missed named one of his moves and when questioning them it turned out that they didnt even know what it was!!!!!! To be fair this "skopu" that he did land was a bit sketchy but still eveyone was a bit shocked by the decision. This Meant it was Gollito, Kiri, Tonky and Saltysack left in the battle for the top however the wind dropped leaving this heated battle for the morning!!!
On the ladies front Laure Treboux was looking super stylish as per usual and after passing Nayra alonso in a close heat she was then up against current womens chap Sarah Quita Offringa!! Due to Laures seeding she was unlucky to get Sarah this early on. Sarah won the heat looking as dominating as ever to the be up against the Venezuelan Yoli de Brendt! Because the wind had dropped by this point again another battle that will have to wait until the morning.
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Once I'd got my stickers on it was pretty consistent 5.4 weather and the first possible start wasnt another 3 hours at 2:00. It was low tide and the conditions were pretty difficult and I was struggling a lot at first but once the tide started to come in flatened of nicely. I have the German Adrian Beholz in the first round and if I advance that the I have Gollito!!!!!
Already yesterday we had seen Gollito practising what looked to be a new move and today an hour into the session he must must of done about 4 in a row! Its going to be pretty hard to describe!! He ducks the sail regular stance as if he was going to do a "bob" but then catches it back to sail and jumps holding it like that until its fully back winded then finishes it 540! Just after he did it we were already speculating what stupid name he was going to call it whilst saying soon he'll be doing a spock into that position and doing the new move from there and would you believe it 5 minutes later he did it!!! Hopefully get a clip of it up sometime this week!!
Around 1:00 the wind started to drop and by the time 2:00 came round it was really light. After eating my paella so quick I thought I might throw up I rigged my 5.7 incase they decided to start. I went out sailing with my watch ready to go waiting for the red flag but it never came, it was only really possible to do moves on the way in using the swell to get planning and with the wind getting lighter we stayed on standby! It was amazing what some of the top guys are doing in no wind! It doesnt even make sense that they can get that much height and whip when they are hardly moving! Has given me a better focus on what I need to be training for and for sure everyone looked pretty suprised. Apart from Gollito it was mainly the Bonnaire guys who rip in these sort of conditions, for me Bjorn Saragoza sailed the best today after never seeing him before I was pretty suprised and concerned!!
They did try and start an expression session later on but quickly sacked it off as the wind died completely! The rest of the afternoon was spent baking ourselves and our sails, now I can see why everyone at the hotel is so burnt. Some discussion went into what Gollito was going to call his new move and he came up with " Sapo " yet another ridiculous name for a move! It also turned out he had landed some double air flaka and wanted to call it "del toro" or something like that. Some guys tried to convince him otherwise and call it something everyone can understand like "corkscrew". I dont think theres any point coming up with these ridiculous names and what needs to happen is to take some snowboard/ skateboard names that more people are familiar with and use them for the new moves. We had a massive heated debate in Austria when Kiri named his new move a " Kabbikuchi " which me and Bubble have dubbed the " Scratchmygoochie " dont think they are even going to get the point though!
Right off out for Bubbles birthday dinner tonight in town! Tapas so should be good!
Monday, 28 June 2010
Just got back from Vass late last night with Bubble and home for day before heading to lanzarote. The Last few weeks in Vass have been pretty hectic, starting with the Vassiliki/ Milos beach efpt event a few weeks ago. As I mentioned in my last post I was pretty excited about having the home advantage in this competition, with hope of getting a good result. Unfortunately my seeding wasnt great and after advancing through my first heat I then had Nicolas Akgazcyan who won the event here two years ago! I wasnt that nervous before the heat mainly because I knew I had nothing to loose, It had started howling so I rigged my 4.8 Simmer Blacktip and was full power. I sailed a solid heat making an Air flaka, cana brava, Switch flaka, puneta, funnel, shaka, no handed flaka and a double spock!! I hadnt seen any of the other guys do a double spock in Vass so I was pretty happy about that. I lost the heat on diversity and was looking through the sheets and couldnt beleive how many moves Akgazcyan had done. There was a slight mess up as the judges had all marked me down for doing two punetas instead of a puneta and a funnel! I wasnt to bothered as I think I would of have to done a lot more to beat him. I think I need to work more on doing moves on both sides in my heats to help get some diversity points.
The next day would be the last day of the event in Vassiliki before we would move to the North of the Island to Milos Beach. The forecast was epic for Vass and I knew we would have time to run the full double elimination. Just my luck however I had Bubble in the the first round!! Bubble had been knocked out by our good friend Colin Dixon in the first round the day before and because of the number of competitors it didnt matter that I had advanced a round further than Bubble in the single. Again I sailed a solid heat making all my moves but Bubble was on fire and his ability to do everything both ways gave him the advantage. I was very jelous of Colins draw and he made it all the way through to 9th place! I was working this day so I made my way back down the beach to Club Vass for the day I did manage to catch a glimpse of Bubbles heats and he was showing the boys that this was his home spot and he wasnt going to be beaten easilly. He managed to pass through some big heats taking out Scheffers, Strahlen, and Oetagui before coming up against the Israli Yarden Meir in the battle for 4th position. Unfortunately by this point Bubble was knackered and Yarden was fresh after sitting and watching all morning whilst Bubble was sailing back to back heats. It was still a very close heat but Bubble had to settle for 5th.
After the two days in Vass the we spent the last two days sitting around waiting for the gusty 5.7 weather that we have become a custom to on the north side of the island at Milos Beach however it never came...
Last week however we did score some epic conditions on the north side of the islnd one evening after work at a spot called the White church. Jay Haysey from Globalshots and I had been planning this trip for a few weeks now and knew the potential this spot had with the sun setting behind this stranded church that you can only access via the sea. The first day we sailed further up than the church pumping on my 5.4 but the next day we scored it perfect and I rigged my 5.1 and together with the other Globalshots team riders we made the downwinder towards the White Church. Jay got some amazing shots with the bright orange sky behind the church and also some good ones of me sailing right in front of the church trying to dodge the old remains of wall that had eroded around the church. Check out the Globalshots facebook page to see all the action.