Thanks to Miles Taylor from Protography for the epic shots!
Here is a short video with my magazine coverage form all the windsurfing magazines around the world. Big thanks to John and Nayra at Mixd coverage for sorting it all out! For the full individual pages please click HERE
Wowzas!!!!!! What a trip!! Ended up being longer than i had planned for 2 reasons, 1 because i baby sat a 16 year old freestyler and an 18 year old wave sailor for 2 months and needed some time for myself!! and 2 because i was testing some new layup boards for JP.
There are so many stories to tell!! Too many to write down! Not as many trips as last year but we had a great one to Kraal Bay with the JP/Neilpryde freestyle team. Markus Seidel was kind enough to come out to Cape Town and organise an awesome photoshoot for us. You can see in the first group of pics below. I have so many more pics from this trip which i will put up in sequences as time goes on.
All in all though it was another awesome trip to Cape Town!! This year the weather was a little bit weird with some rain and wind from the wrong direction which is what you normally get during the winter months. The waves were good though even if the wind didn’t play ball sometimes. We surfed a lot! Anyone that goes to Cape Town must get a surfboard when you’re out there! Its cheap and you can claim the tax back when you leave as making it even cheaper! It will also mean that you get a hell of a lot more time on the water.
Anyways rather than write some long boring story with a few pics i reckon its better to put a selection of the best pics from the trip up for you to see what i got up to! Video coming soon!!
Its been a great week here in Cape Town leading up to Christmas, loads of wind and waves and sunshine!! We’ve had some great jumping days at Big Bay and Sunset, my backies are starting to get a lot more consistent and i’m managing get higher as well. The riding has been ok not amazing but the usual Cape Town 1 hit wonder style!
This year i have brought out two up and coming guys so that they can train and get ready for the 2012 assault on the world freestyle tour and the Uk wave tour. Youp Schmit is the future star of the JP/Neil Pryde freestyle team. Already claiming the under 18 world champion title. Cape Town a great pace for him to train as the conditions are lot more hardcore than in his homespot of Bonaire. The wind is a lot stronger which gives him the chance to get used to his small sails ready for the Canaries events and having the waves right on the doorstep means he can train some jumping as well. He has been sailing pretty sick with all the new usual moves including some big Kabikuchis!
Alesky or Lecky Gayda is the 2011 UK Amateur wave champion and is fully ripping this year. He is always super keen to get out on the water and always the first out and last in no matter how big or small it is. He has been fully charging the big ones down and smacking some big lips! Unfortunately for him the other day he got smacked back by a big lip resulting in a nice gash above his eye! Like me last year he is on the pushloop mission! He’s getting closer and had some good crashes! His riding is improving a lot and backies are getting more consistent.
Living with the boys is quite funny but also quite hard work sometimes! Having one that wants to wavesail all the time and one that wants to freestyle all time usually results in one unhappy teenager! But it means that we get a lot of sessions in which is a good thing and any teenage unhappiness is very short lived. The language barrier also causes much amusement! Both speak english fine but Lecky’s strong essex accent and Youp’s Carribean/Bonairean style accent means that understanding what eachother says is pretty much impossible and i end up having to translate everything! My cooking skills are getting pretty good though as the boys don’t cook anything apart from eggs!!
Christmas over here is really different from at home. Its really hard to get into the Christmas spirit as the wind usually takes priority of any plans made. Not that i’m complaining though as it means getting out on the water! We had a more fun than expected session at Sunset with some nice stunt ramps for jumping. Followed on later by an awesome braai (bbq) and fun games with Little Joe and Karen, Bish and Charlotte, Greg and Sandy and the two Robs, Saint and Partridge. We did secret santa as well and people went all out on the presents!! See pic below with me using mine!
Well thats it for Christmas over here, forecast is looking awesome for next week so stay tuned some video action. Gonna head in to Cape Town now for a mooch around the waterfront and hopefully catch either the new Sherlock Holmes movie or Mission impossible!
Cheers and Merry Christmas to all!!
Check out the Tiree Wave Classic video which was shown on Sky sports!!
Strange weather the last few days here in Cape Town, rain and wind from the wrong way North Westerly, which is starboard tack going out for those of you that haven’t been here before rather than the usual South Easterly which is port tack out. We had some fun freestyle sessions on the lake which was good as it gave me a chance to get used to sailing on my Neilpryde Firefly 4.9. Its so nice to use a sail that feels smaller and lighter then it actually is. A decent sized swell came through which gave us some nice waves yesterday right in front of our apartment and in front of the shipwreck too. Some good sized sets coming through, Lecky managed to find a mast high monster – good lad! Below are a few pics from the session. Cheers to Debby for taking them.
So i made it to Cape Town all good!! Flew with Virgin again and as always they are so good with kit! Brought 3 board bags full and paid 32 quid! Nice!! I have brought out young Lecky (Alesky Gayda) the 2011 Uk Amateur Champ for some training! The new pad is pretty pimp, right on the beach front and as you can see in the Flickr slideshow above the view is pretty sick!
Been a pretty quiet 1st few days which has been good to get all the boring (but important) stuff out the way like getting sim cards, buying beer, getting food, buying beer, sorting out internet, buying beer, putting all the straps on the boards and err buying more beer! Went for a surf this morning down at Karmas but there was a bit too much wind from the SW so it was a bit messy. So we headed in at big bay for some close outs! Was pretty fun and nice to get out on the water!
Forecast is looking pretty epic from Thursday with a good sized swell coming and some wind!! Will update with pics and vids as much a possible on my flickr page but for now i can hear Doodles calling…
So after the epic session at camber on saturday myself and Rent boy Ric Cleworth headed up to Whitstable for some freestyle. Unfortunately we missed low tide though and so it wasn’t quite as flat as we want but it was windy so all good! Josh from Blacklab wanted to get some filming done but unfortunately once the tide was fully high it was pretty much unsailable! Here are some screen shots from some of the clips courtesy of Josh at Blacklab.
Had an awesome session down at Camber Sands on Saturday. I was on my Neil Pryde 4.7 Combat and it was full power windy with awesome stunt ramps! I stayed on my JP Twinzer Quad 82 which was perfect in lulls, it has to be the most early planing wave board ever! It was a bit big in the gusts though!! Really need to work on my starboard tack jumping! The wind swung more side shore later on which gave some great frontside riding. Camber is a great place for wave sailing, it seems to be the most sideshore of anywhere else i’ve sailed in the south east. It works in any tide with a bit of a walk at low tide though and up over the dune! Nice bunch of local sailors as well! Parking is a slight issue at the dune if its a busy day, which if its windy it will be! If there is no room to park outside the main gates then just go 50m up the road and park in the lay by.
The shot below is from a super windy day at Camber taken by JC when Brawzinio and Skyeboy were out sailing.
Pic by JC
So i have been here in Maui for 3 days now and its been pretty epic so far!! Well the action on the water has! the weather has been crap!! In fact i’m pretty sure its been better in the UK!! Its been raining a lot!! However it has been windy and wavey and still like 25 degrees so can’t really complain!
The Neil Pryde photo shoot has started and so far they have been shooting waves at Ho’okipa. The action has been amazing!! Swifty was nailing some sick takas and wave 360’s. Kauli and Jason have been charging the big set full power with some awesome late hits.
Today i managed to get out on the new freestyle gear from Neil Pryde and JP and its amazing!!! Can’t tell you too much but next year is going to be an awesome year!! Lokks like tomorrow we will be doing freestyle shooting as long as the weather holds out!! You can keep up to date with whats happening on the Neil Pryde facebook page with Global shots daily videos here