Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NWF


I just got back from a fantastic weekend at the NationalWatersportsFestival. Once again the whole show was just amazing. Even in the light winds there was a massive turn out and the SUP's were enjoyed by everyone. Brogborough Lake dominated the windsurf racing which was great to see and best of all RRD absolutely dominated the marquee. Dave White once again constructed the most outstanding stand of everyone and all the gear looks fantastic. Such a positive vibe for everything. A few days at home now before the North sea tour starts with the PWA Cold Hawaii Event next week.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Tenerife

Just got back from the Tenerife PWA World Tour wave event. I finished 13th. Not great, but also could have been worse. It means I sit in 8th overall for the year at the moment, but with potentially 4 more events to come, a lot can happen. In the single I lost out to Klaas, who then went on to finish 4th in the single. Then in the double after advancing past Ben I met Moritz Mauch. I beat him in Pozo 2 weeks ago, but he got his revenge here. He had an 8 and a 9 point wave to count and didn't even need to do a jump. Bit embarrassing really, but good to see him putting some great heats together. His riding style is one of the best on the tour already and he is only 17 I think! Now finally I have a couple of weeks at home before the Autumn goes nuts again.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fuerte Slalom PWA

As I have all the slalom gear now, and Fuerte is just a ferry ride across I thought I would give it a go and see how our sails are really going. So far its been a very steep learning curve. Its been years since I raced properly, and with the no rules racing on the PWA its definitely pretty aggressive at times. Super fun though and I am happy to say the sails are working well around the race course. Just need to sort myself out a bit better and hopefully I can get a few OK results.

Photo: JC/PWA

Sunday, 20 July 2014

5th Pozo

After a long week of waiting Pozo finally got underway today and we managed to complete the single elimination. I finished 5th which is my best Pozo result ever I think, so very happy. I spent most of the winter trying doubles with Pons and the training paid off, with the double being the difference in all my heats. I lost to Brawzinho, but happily put up a good fight, just losing out by a tiny bit overall. Huge thanks to RRD, MFC and Bathlia.com. Massive congratulations to Victor. He put on one of the most perfect displays of Pozo wave sailing I have seen. Ricardo managed 2nd with his foot all stitched up and Brawzi finished 3rd. Next stop Fuerte to give slalom a go for a change!

Pic:John Carter PWA.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Pozo preparation

The 1st PWA comp of the year is just around the corner and like always the worlds best have turned up to train and get used to the conditions. The level looks to have jumped even higher. Lots of doubles, lots of push forwards and lots of 360 variations on the waves! For me I am very happy to final start to get consistent with backside 360's. I can honestly say that for me it has been the move that has caused me the most trouble out of everything. Finally thanks to some great tips from Josep Pons, they are starting to come together quite nicely. Check out his website (www.ponstraining.com) and/or his Facebook page. www.facebook.com/PonsTraining

A little frontside 360. Thanks to Jose Pina.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Mauritius

I just had the most amazing trip to Mauritius for the RRD Distributor meeting. The place is a windsurf paradise, which I don't think could be any better, even if you designed a spot from scratch. Flat water lagoon, small waves, big waves, heavy waves... and we had wind everyday except one. The highlight for me was the last day. Most of the week I was working with the distributors making sure they had fun on the water, but the last day my priority was getting some pictures and video of the new 3 batten sail coming soon. It turned out to be an epic day with perfect logo to mast high waves and wind to get around easily. One Eye is one of the best waves I have ever sailed and I am claiming that it was one of my best 5 sessions ever. Maybe I have just been a bit wave starved recently, but the afternoon session was perfect and just 3 guys out. Its now back to GC, which is a bit of a shock! Not much wind at the moment but its been great for some light wind Firewing testing. Wind is back tomorrow, waves arriving on Wednesday, and then I think it will be the full summer circus again.


Photo: Dave White (sat in the channel, dealing with the worst boat driver ever!)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

BWA Wales and Ireland

I just returned from 2 weeks away to compete at the BWA events in Wales and Ireland. We had some fun conditions, but my results were pretty disappointing. Wales ended up being pretty classic Rhossy conditions. At its best, port tack, 4.2 and really fun jumping. Like always I came up against Ben Proffitt in the semi and, as always seems to be the case, lost out on a tight heat. I find myself a bit lost in Rhossy, not able to find the best waves for either riding or jumping. In the double I sailed better, landing a decent a double, but it wasn't enough to stop an on form Adam Lewis. So, like the previous 3 Wales events I entered, I finished in a disappointing 4th place.

Next was the overnight ferry and drive to Ireland for the next leg. Despite a bit of wind on the first day, we only got through the first round and then had to wait all week for wind on the final day. I thought I sailed well in the semi, but lost out which was devastating and then the wind dropped in the double, denying any sort of come back. I think I finished =5th which writes off any hope of winning the title. The highlight of the week though was a barrel at Gary Williams, a "best move of the contest" prize and a lot of Guinness.

Massive thanks to RRD and Bathlia for their support to do the comps. Hopefully results will improve for the upcoming PWA events. Pics below from Simon Crowther.

 Windy Rhossy
 Best move goita
Classic inch high contest air!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

BWA Back to back

Just arrived in the Uk ready for the back to back BWA comps. Thankfully we had a few good days the last week to warm up a bit. Thanks to Territorio Comanche for the shots. Sailed at Pozo a bit, had a good day at Vargas and then lots of slalom sailing with the new Firewing at Arinaga. Forecast looks really good for the first leg of the BWA in Wales. Always tough against the locals there so hoping for a practice session tomorrow. Footstraps and fins are in and ready to go!