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!




Saturday, 19 April 2014

No Maui

Its the first time in around 12 or 13 years that we don't go to Maui in the Spring. Its a strange feeling when it has always part such a key part of our schedule and I can't help but check the photos everyday to see what we are missing. I don't think its been the best season, but truth is Maui on an average day is still better than most places on the best day of the year. I wish I could report that we had done something better, but unfortunately its not really the case. I spent a big part of the last month in China and Italy finalising the new sails for RRD. They are looking great. When I was at home I spent more time on the slalom board than anything else. That has been great fun testing the new Firewing, which will have some nice new features. Now we are enjoying an Easter break in Fuerte before it looks like some good conditions will arrive towards the end of the week. Its now just over 2 months until the first wave comp, so its time to step up the training a bit. Hopefully I will join Pons in his new program. He is offering both fitness training and on the water training, to sharpen me up for the summer. In the meantime happy Easter.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Cape Town 2014

In Cape Town once again and like always its been providing plenty of wind and waves. Yesterday was the best day so far with some great waves. Checked just about every spot on the cape and ended up at Haakgat for the afternoon session. Some pretty chunky waves at times and don't think I have swum so much in years, but was really fun. Testing out the new Hardcore range and they are amazing. Thanks to malden hoekstra for the photo.