Cape Town Update…

So after a bit of a slow start its all kicked off out here!! The last 2 days we have spent over 5 hours on the water each day! Surfed quite a bit too! The swell has been up with some coming in at close to mast high yesterday. Full respect to young Lecky for getting out there before anyone else and charging down some big ones! Some good jumping at Big Bay and Sunset today. Also managed to squeeze in a freestyle session at the lake as well. So nice to be on the new Neil Pryde Firefly and JP Freestyle with some solid wind. Below are a few screen grabs from a couple of clips from the freestyle session.

Looks like we have a bit of a break in the wind and swell which is good as my body could do with a break! Will try and get some wave action on film next time.

Cheers!

Bonaire!!!

So we made it Bonaire after a pretty easy journey really! KLM’s baggage policy is ok as long as you make sure one of your bags is no longer than 200cm and no heavier than 23kg because then it is considered as a normal piece of luggage. So clothes in hand luggage and then 1 quiver bag with 3 sails, 2 booms, 3 extensions, 6 new K4 fins and then a double board bag with 1 board, 3 masts, 1 boom, harness and flip flops and you’re done! £170 so not great but could have been worse!

Managed to somehow get upgraded to Economy comfort on the online check in too so happy days! We had to be quite quick going through Amsterdam which was hard with our heavy hand luggage but luckily we found these mini trolleys which made life a lot easier! We also stumbled across Paul Zeper from Holland in the airport too!

Big thanks to Caesar Finnies for giving us a ride at 4 in the morning to Jibe City where we are staying. No wind so far on this first day but it gave us the opportunity to go to the shop and grab the essentials, pasta, bolognaise ingredients, beer, lots of eggs, beer, corn flakes and err more beer! The weather is pretty hardcore as far as heat goes, no wind and super humid, luckily we have aircon in the room so all good! Paul took us on a tour around the island in a clapped out old car, it has a piece of string attached to the accelerator so you can accelerate by pulling it! Pretty comedy! We saw loads of flamingos and lizzards and fish and all sorts really! Loads of crystal clear water too!

Ok i’ve gone on a bit too long now so i’ll leave it there! Hopefully wind coming in the next few days, the forecast looks really good! Stay tuned for more updates! Loads of pics below and above in the slideshow.

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New Fin Sponsor!!! K4 Fins!!

When i was out in South Africa this winter the boys in the house had some K4 Quad Fins and they had been raving about them! I thought well i need all the help i can get! I was having problems with loosing grip at the top of the wave on my stock fins that came with the board. The boys were hogging the bigger sizes so i was left to try out the small set 13’s at the back and 8’s on the front. I actually had more grip then before!! I was amazed! I could push as hard a i could and still not loose grip but then when i did loose it a couple times the fins almost sprig back and bring the board underneath you again. The main thing for me was i had more confidence and control on the wave which is when my wave sailing started to improve. I thought “i have to have these!” But they were more of a set for the boys to test, so i stole them!! The way i saw it i wouldn’t have the confidence to compete in the waves with the top boys without them! As it stands i came 3rd in Wales and 3rd in Ireland in my first full year competing on the wave tour and i was using the K4 fins!

I then got in contact with Steve about possibly making a freestyle fin. It was new territory for both of us as we didn’t know how the material would work for freestyle. The great thing with Steve is that he actually listens to everything you say! So we came up with a couple of shapes and Steve moulded them up super quick! It was also the windiest week in the UK so far so perfect for testing the shapes! I tested them in my new secret freestyle spot at Rye Watersports (not so secret anymore!) so i got the chance to test them in all sorts of chop and flat water. The first thing i noticed was that i couldn’t feel any difference between the plastic ones and the G10 ones! Which meant we had a great opportunity to change and play around with the shape to get the ultimate freestyle fin. The other main things to consider are the weight and the cost which are both a lot less than normal G10 fins! I took the prototypes straight to the UKWA Freestyle event in Minis bay and won the event using them. I have that much confidence them. We are now just tweaking the shapes and design a little and i am taking the fins on to the World Tour for the whole year and really looking forward to getting on the new ones!

My results in the UK Waves and Freestyle so far this year have been directly attributed to K4 fins and i’m feeling super stoked to be a part of the team. A brand made by windsurfers for windsurfers who listen and innovative and are just hell keen on getting out on the water and going sailing pushing the limits of themselves and their equipment to the max!

PWA Austria and BWA Rhosneiger and Ireland…

First all massive apologies for not doing more updates. I have been travelling and competing loads! The plan was to get it all done in Ireland but the internet is pretty much non existent and because i was technically in Europe i couldn’t use my Iphone to upload anything either!

So after a shocker from Austria we finally made it back to the UK after a 25 hour journey – nice one Max for driving! A quick stop in at Simsy’s house for lunch and to swap freestyle kit for wave kit and we were off again! Everyone was totally broken from all the travel. Especially Max who was driving! But there was some comedy stops along the way with various tomfoolery being played on each others vans and some comedy purchases being made in the dodgy Austrian super markets! Also need to mention a massive thank you to to Da Mike, Valle and the guys from the Royal Captains bar for looking after us all week and supplying us with mucho booze!

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There are more pictures from the event in the flickr slideshow at the top of the page. Other pics courtesy of JC/PWA

Ok so the next stop was Rhosneiger in North Wales for the BWA Wave event 1 hosted by Funsport. After a winter of training in Cape Town i really wanted to try and push hard into the UK wave scene. The first couple of days there was now ind but some nice waves for a bit of Supping and surfing! Tried some tow in surfing but failed miserably and nearly tore my hands off as we had no handle on the tow rope!

On Sunday we managed to get enough wind and waves to get the comp started. I was on my 4.9 FireFly and JP Wave Single Thruster 83. Which turned out to be an awesome combo again in the less than ideal conditions. I was having some good heats nailing some good pushies and a few backies (not many though!). With my waveriding i was trying to pick out the bigger waves and was really concentrating on getting as vertical as possible in the turns.

Luckily Phil Horrocks and Ben Profitt were in the other side of the draw which left them battling it out for a place in the final. I had a close heat with James Cox but just managed to sneak through into the final against Phil. I sailed a decent heat but to beat Phil at his local spot is going to be difficult! So after the single elimination i was in 2nd place! Phil 1st and Ben 3rd. The wind sort of stayed so Duncan the head judge was quick to get athe double elimination going. I wouldn’t have minded if we had finished there though haha!!

Adam Lewis came flying through the double taking down everybody with sick backies and fast powerful waveriding. He was stopped (luckily for me!) by Ben who was super determined to get back into the final. The wind was fully dying at this point which made it difficult to find ramps to jump off and get powerful turns. I lost by 0.5 to Ben! Gutted!! He then went on to challenge Phil for 1st place. He beat him the first time with some nice wave rides and a backside 360 but then in the 2nd final Phil took it leaving him in 1st overall for the event. Ben in 2nd and me in 3rd!!

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All shots courtesy of www.globalshots.co.uk

So another turn around of vans and kit as Max was heading to Vass so me and Bryan jumped into Sam Neals van for the trip across to Ireland. After the super late finish at Rhossie it meant that we had to get the 2am ferry from Holyhead!! Sounds bad but actually worked out pretty good as it meant that we arrived in Dublin at 6.30am so it meant the drive to Castlegregory was during the daylight hours.

When we arrived into Castlegregory the wind was up and the competition got underway with the Amateurs, Masters and Ladies fleets. I have to say the standard in the Amateur fleet is very impressive! I saw some great riding from Welsh local boy Lewis Marrony and also the new up and coming youth Alesky Gayda threw a massive backie wich most pros would be proud of! Also good to see the mighty Dave White competing in the Masters!

Competition for the Pro’s got underway the next day with some cross on port tack sailing at the dumps! Wind was light and gusty but still managed to bust a decent pushie in my heat against Bryan. Later on the conditions changed and we moved beaches to Gowlane. The waves were tiny and the wind was light cross off. I lost in a tie breaker decision to local boy Rob Jones who put in some greta riding skills. This left me in equal 5th place with 4 others which basically means if i loose my 1st heat in the double i would have been 9th! Ouch! I did not want that to happen!!

The double got underway the next day again at Gowlane. Bit windier and waves were a bit bigger. I had a massive battle on my hands and managed to come through 6 heats!! I managed to make it back up to 3rd!! I was super happy!! I was really concentrating on getting in some vertical turns on the bigger waves. I was going through on consistently high wave scores. Unfortunately for Adam Lewis he crashed on one of his good waves which meant he only had 1 super high scoring wave. Sorry Adam!! He was ripping though!! We finished off the event in Ireland with a proper knees up at Spillanes pub with lots of comedy antics, pole climbing, Georges Saturday night fever dance (video coming soon!) lots of shirt ripping and lots of Guinness!!

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All pics courtesy of Si Crowther/Boards

So 3rd in Ireland, 3rd in Rhossie…. 3rd OVERALL!!! WOO YEH!!

Super happy so far! Massive thanks to the BWA, Funsport, Jamie Knox, Spillanes Pub and everyone else for making the BWA events a great pace to be.

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Neil pryde shoot over…

So the Neil Pryde shoot is finished! We finally got some wind and sun at the same time!! It was still super difficult to get the right shots as we were either totally overpowered or fighting with the clouds!! Unfortunately i can’t show you any action pics of the gear but i’m sure if you look hard enough around the web you will find some!

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We also had some fun with doing some lifestyle shots with Jay Haysey and Global shots!! Bryy’s board learnt how to fly haha!!

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JP shoot starting in a few days, fingers crossed for sun and wind! Here’s a couple from last year. Pics by Thorsten Indra.com

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New sports representation!

Aviate are now representing me for all my sponsorship!!! They also represent Danny Care from the England Rugby Team!!

Check out the website – http://www.aviate.co/

Cape Town video!!

So managed to get it finished!! Unfortunately not a great deal of water footage as all the cameras got stolen!! Robbing b!!!!!rds!! Hope you enjoy…

Back in UK!!!

So just returned to the UK from an amazing trip to Cape Town! The weather is amazing!! It’s warmer than South Africa! Don’t know what everyone is complaining about!! As well as being greeted by the amazing weather when I got home I was also greeted with an awesome delivery from my clothing sponsors Animal! check out the amazing boardies in the middle!! Sick!! Thank you Animal!! You can see more on their website

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Cape Point!!

Had an awesome last session at Cape Point yesterday!! Few pics are above in the Flickr slideshow, more on the way!!