This summer has been a damn hot one, at West Wittering beach we have been absolutely rammed with tuition, coaching and sales. Now the holidays have come to a close it was time to sell my 2013 equipment. At this point I had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat about moving onto Tabou and Gaastra. The equipment I know has always been quality and Tabou especially has since I remember had some of the best shaped boards on the market.
After borrowing some equipment and giving it a test run I decided on a full quiver of Gaastra Manic sails and Tabou Da Curve boards. So far I have only had a few sessions, but from the few hours I have spent on the gear I have to say the Da Curve boards set up in thruster mode are really working well for me. The speed the board holds throughout turns the bottom turn even in the most onshore conditions is seriously impressive. Jumping the boards I am finding I am going a lot higher purely down to the fact that I am able to sail a lot faster in a lot more control. The sails are also fantastic, Super powerful, light and go very neutral during turns meaning that I am able to surf the board a little more which I think is a little more stylish than the fully overpowered turns using the sail!
Hopefully the October winds come on in full force this year, allowing me to get some decent time on the water with the opportunity to get some decent snaps finally!
Well it hasn’t been particularly good recently for windsurfing this summer has it!
This summer I have counted 3 good sessions so far which is a little depressing, However it has meant that I can spend more time on my bike, Well I say more time, I mean more money!!! Having just rebuilt my components onto a new frame I have started to hit the jumps, downhill tracks and cross country routes again. And I must say I have loved every minute of it on the new steed!
With a sunny weekend about to hit its all about preparing ourselves for rental after rental after rental! Hoards of tourist no doubt will bare down on West Wittering. Lets hope some more wind is on its way!
A few shots from last weekend from Rebel Photographic:
Its been a long old winter here in the UK, freezing temperatures and little wind! On the plus side there has been a fair bit swell around. I have been pretty terrible at updating the blog but it is now time for a spring clean and a little more effort!
So far this season I have had a few good sessions, the first few were a little rusty but i’m starting to feel a little more on top of things. I have recently taken delivery on a set of MFC QS Red Custom fins fresh from Maui and so far have had only 1 session but WOW, they are pretty damn special, really really good grip through the bottom turn but nice and predictable release out of the top. I cant wait to get back onto the water with them!
This summer my time will be spent at West Wittering beach as windsurf instructor, although I will be concentrating on all aspects of tuition I hope to be providing a little bit of coaching in the waves and flat water for the more advanced windsurfer! This year I will be using Severne Blades, Severne masts and booms and Goya boards.
If you fancy some coaching or just somebody to sail with pop in and see us at West Wittering Windsurf Club the next time your down!
Winter has arrived and so have the use of a 5mm wetsuit and booties. Hopefully with the wintery temperature we will get our wintery swell which there was been sighted once already last week.
Now we have shut the centre for the season at West Wittering I though it was a time for a trip to Honk Kong to see my parents. Having never seen that part of the world before I had no idea what to expect!
I have to say its really nice, the busy atmosphere and epic views are amazing and while it never shouted out to me as a windsurfing destination I was quite shocked to turn up to a white sandy beach and go blasting on a 6.7m and a 110l slalom board.
I’m out here for just over a week so exploring everyday and doing the classic holiday maker thing and taking lots of pictures but some of them are pretty epic!
Back home on Sunday to wrap up back in thermals and thick wetsuits!
After 9-10 months being away in Tenerife I have arrived back home in West Wittering for the winter. After working at the UKWA Freestyle Event watching Tow in and pumping freestyle we were excited to see the forecast showing 3.7-4.2 weather for both the following monday and tuesday, which coincided with my days of luckily.
Yesterday (Monday) I scored Trench flat water perfection with Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers, Max Rowe, Ric Cleworth to name but a few.
I rigged my Severne S1 3.7 and my Goya Air 99 freestyle board and battled my way down to the waters edge, We had 3 maybe 4 hours of silly overpowered freestyle. Then the wind got too much so we decided to to slalom races down to the winner buoy about 1/2 mile off of the point at West Wittering.
Then it was time for a break, after an hour waiting for the tide to rise we then had a 2 hour wave session where we all just went rather mad and were going for all sorts of twisty spinny moves!
Anyway, today is another day and we are all broken but keen to have another go but this time slightly less overpowered!
See you on the water!
It’s been a little while since I last updated the blog. In fact it has been pretty damn busy out here in Tenerife, After the World cup visited Tenerife it seemed everyone came to the OTC. Now the centre has gotten a little quieter we have had numerous test teams visiting the centre to try and test the 2013 equipment, it had been quite interesting to test different kit back to back. It really makes you understand how they work in different conditions.
As well as lots of windsurfing I have spent a fair amount of time working with cameras trying out new ideas, settings etc…
Hopefully ahead of sorting myself out a little bit of a hobby/business when i get back to the UK
Below are a few of my favourite shots from the past month.
The PWA Tenerife Warm Up Session
Since the Pozo competition finished the competitors slowly made their way over to Tenerife in preparation for round 2 of the PWA World Tour.
Last night (11th July) was yet another show from the top guys and girls on the tour, This time I was behind the lens to capture some of the best moves as they prepared for today’s start. Nothing too big or spectacular as to avoid injury before the event but some slick sick moves no the less!
The Album of a few of the best shots can be found by clicking HERE
The past week has been pretty windy out here in Tenerife, The Centre has had plenty of smiling faces and red raw hands pass through!
With BJ, our in house photographer back behind the lens all of our clients have had their windsurf holiday snaps to take back home, with the wind being so strong (average sail size being 4.5m) the staff have had chance to play in the empty playground that is the harbour wall. Last night it was BJ’s turn to get out on the water as I had injured my back and opted for the 7D and 400mm lens to get a few snaps of the guys.
Everyone has been sailing really well recently and have been learning and landing new moves left right and centre!
Its been quite a quiet month (May) which has given us chance to try out a few new toys out here at The Official Test Centre. We took delivery of our Red Paddle .Co SUP’s a while back but had just enough breeze to render them useless! Since having some nice calm flat days we are very very impressed by the boards, We have both the 9’6 all water and the 10’6 ‘Barge’!! Both super easy to paddle and can catch some nice little waves and the best thing is they bounce off of everything, whether that be rocks, other SUP’s or people. Recently though we have been trying the boards out in proper waves in Medano, on head high glassy sets at the point at the edge of South Bay. With flexy plastic fins turning tight wasn’t really an option but once you got used to them they were epic! The 9’6 could throw spray in the top turn while the 10’6 could gun down the line and trim up and down the wave with ease. I can 100% recommend trying these. On another note I have spent a little bit of time behind the lens again getting some nice pictures in El Cabezo on some of the lighter wind days, This time I was let loose with a lovely Cannon 7D and a super nice 100-400 lens! Check out the shots, some really nice colours and good action for a small windless wave! The forecast is looking pretty good for the following week so i’m hoping to get some sailing in and would also like to get back out with the camera and see what I can produce!
So it has been a little quite here in Medano for a couple of weeks, lovely and warm but not much wind past 16 knots! Although it has been pretty nice to get on big kit and do slalom/blasting it does somehow get a little tedious. Therefore I have been doing a lot of mountain biking which has been pretty good, the level of some of the trails here are nice, quite a few good downhill section to reward you after some hefty climbs, I have found out a few times that loose ‘gravel’ over volcanic rock is rather sloppy and have washed out a few times but luckily with sufficient padding on it was ok!
I also managed to get back to the UK for a week or so which was really nice, it was nice to have that fresh ‘cool’ morning breeze that we just don’t quite get here. And of course nice to catch up with friends and family.
Now I’m back in Medano we have tarted up our centre a little more ready for the summer and have also got ourselves some nice SUP’s for the light wind days (more news on that to come!)
Yesterday was the first day, well evening of proper wind for a about 2 possibly 3 weeks, really nicely powered 5.3 weather with little waves in the bay, with the forecast looking a little weak for the following days we made the most of it.
But as I write this we have perfect side shore wind gusting 32 knots! Lovely!
See you on the water….