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26th February 2011

All Pics by Trudie Thorp



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Steve King....


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Sunday 27th GoPro HD


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Surf again...
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Went down to Cornwall again for Sunday and Monday to hopefully score a bit of windsurfing, but true to current form, the after lunch 20mph forecast didn't really deliver...

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Headed for Fistral first for a pre-wind surf and had a pretty good half an hour before the wind started to pick up -a cross off South Easterly. The surf was pretty decent and should have got better as low tide approached, but it actually got worse..

My plan was to head down to a reef near Lands End and make the most of the wind and swell for a decent wavesail, so despite Fistral being windy enough and logo high, it had gone a bit wonky, so I decided to drive away and head for the SW reef..

On arrival I met Jan Sleigh going the other way. The Cornish boys had got down there early and got straight on it, only to find that that reef had gone wonky too. They were all packing up already. Obviously not quite the 10ft at 15 seconds predicted...

Here's some picks of the usual suspects!

Should have sailed Fistral...
Plenty of people were at Gwithian living in hope too, so headed over there and had a surf with the boys. It was actually pretty good at head high with some long rides, perfect for my new board...

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A quiver 5'8 by 20 by 2.5. My belated xmas pressy and first board I've ever had made custom styley.


I stayed down Monday as the surf was meant to be slightly better and less wind to screw with my head and mess the surf up!
Surfed South Fistral with Andy King before he had to rush off to do some decorating, then was a bit stuck for options with a big lumpy swell and a super low spring tide. Checked Little Fisty.. no good. Checked Crantock.. no good.
It was actually slinging it down with rain all morning and I was soaking wet, the dog was soaking wet, the van was soaking wet. A check of the forecast revealed Bude and Devon were sunny! So off I trundled...


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BEAUTIFUL!

Checked a secret spot (sorry) and didn't think it looked all that, and was a bit tight on the peak already with 6 out and 3 boogers jumping in. Took dog for a quick walk around (sorry forgot my camera, there was actually some sick geology, have to go back for that if nothing else..). By the time I got back to the van there were another 6 dudes suiting up. As I drove away I was nearly run off the road at every corner by cars with boards in the back! definitely a sign... maybe it turned on again

Anyway ended up at empty Croyde which looked awesome. I passed the only other surfer heading out as I headed in, and he said 'it keeps backing off mate, real hard to catch anything'. Didn't believe him, but turns out he was right...




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Izzy and Cousin Winston

North Cornwall
LANDS END HEADING NORTH


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Thurso trip 3
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''Last time we headed up there, it was an 11ft forecast and we got skunked for wind but scored some epic surfing. This time it's 25@16, 26@15, 16@14 and 20@14 with shed loads of wind.

Hopefully we'll do a bit better this time.......''

That was my blog entry last Tuesday night before leaving for a 4 day trip up to the north coast of Scotland with Si Crowther. I think it's fair to say we've just recieved a pretty bad skunking and I had some bad luck thrown in too. Funny thing is the forecast never really changed, infact at times it improved (one check on seaweed suggested we had 42ft on the way for Friday morning with wind!) but it just didn't materialise...

This is going to be pretty short and sweet, firstly because I didn't score a whole lot of waves and secondly because with Si around there wasn't much point in getting my camera out or sticking on the GoPro.

WEDNESDAY:


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We nearly didn't make it up there! Around Aviemore it started to blizzard and the road was 2inch thick with snow in about 10 minutes flat with poor visibility, but we trundled on at 30mph and eventually arrived at 3am.


THURSDAY:


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It was bloody cold! We knew the peak of the wind and swell would be early, so we manned up and got out there at dawn. We checked a spot I've had my eye on for ages which needs a huge NW swell -the swell was there, but the wind was too offshore. We checked other spots but the tide was too high (5m peak spring high tide at 9am). I launched at Murkle point when the tide had uncovered the reef but the wind promptly dropped and swung bolt offshore...

So off to find some surf! Thurso East was empty and pumping, so I grabbed the 6'8 semi gun and headed out. It wasn't long before the gentle force 2 turned into a bolt offshore force 9 and I started to worry about getting blown out to sea, not too mention that it was now too windy to make the drop. So started to paddle in, got caught in the wrong place, and snapped my board....


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Still smiling at this point...

FRIDAY:

The wind was supposed to last until 3pm -pretty much all day. We waited at Murkle for the tide to drop sufficiently, by 11am we were on, but yet again the wind fecked off...

So back to Thurso East for another surf. It was still pretty big, good double overhead plus barrells, and I needed the 6'8 which was now in 2 bits. I took the 6'1 and thought I'd pick off some of the smaller ones (still pretty huge). This meant getting cleaned up every 15minutes by set waves (because I wasn't sat right out back) and generally getting a good paddle workout without many rides. On the bright side watching local legend Chris Noble picking up house sized lumps on the horizon and getting fully slotted on some absolute bombs on his Rhino chaser was a total pleasure..  some crazy power.


SATURDAY:

The swell had dropped off considerably but still a healthy 20 odd foot on the forecast for the morning. Yet again high tide was 9am, but today we were due to get solid westerly wind all day with sunshine so not an issue... Finally we were on! It looked perfect.
I launched at Murkle and worryingly felt surprisingly underpowered on my 5 0, and within 10 minutes I was blobbing. f**k, a**e, t*t, b****r, w**k, mother f***r...   ground hog day.

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So that was pretty much it, 3 nearlies in a row. Except that whilst trying to lauch off the reef in no wind I banged my knee.. then found when I took my wetsuit off I'd bizarely managed to spike something straight through my knee cap. Really should have taken a pic as it was pretty gruesome -I don't want to pull apart the skin for another look now I've stuck a plaster on it though...  I'm still hobbling straight legged..  hope it heals ok as I really couldn't be bothered to spend another 5hrs of my life in casualty and I want to surf next weekend.


Here's a few line up pics...


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Oh we did a lot of snooping too. Seems Si is also a keen snooper!
And this provided the highlight of the trip. The picture at the top of the page may not look much, but that my friends is number 10s, a new super gnarly super secret super slab! which looks like this on it's day....




So all in all we got a weird kind of skunking where we still had plenty of wind and waves (howling through the nights..) but nothing really came together with tide, light and wind at daily cycles which didn't overlap for more than half an hour and left us spending much of the days chasing our tails or undergunned. The swell never really seemed that big either considering. It was still an enjoyable worthwhile trip though and we'll be better prepared for next time.. (which has to be 3rd time lucky surely?!?!?)

The only really gutting thing, was to miss all that wind and swell in England...

Si has a whole bundle of epic pics from the trip, think he left pretty happy!


North Cornwall Walkabouts
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©galeforce8

It's been a while since I've blogged, this is a two weekender.

The first weekend was down at Gwithian for an epic forecast. Almost Wavejam epic but not quite and we more or less hit the same spot as the last Wavejam -now 2 yrs ago at Mexico's.
Paul Monnington has some great pics on his site Galeforce8.com and there's another 350 from Ellie on Boylo's!

There's a round up of the day on Boardseeker too. For those wondering what I'm on about, they edited out the bit about Frank being the one from shameless...

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mine was bright white...

It was a totally fun days sailing and easy to forget it was January! It wasn't perfect though as the waves were quick to shut down and the wind was light on the inside, but it was solid logo high and lasted all day so top fun.
Despite my two weeks in Morocco surfing everyday and paddling endlessly at the point breaks, I was completely shattered after the days sailing.

When I woke up Sunday morning aching, snotty nosed and as it was raining, I foolishly let myself believe the forecast of wind until 3pm and didn't exactly rush to the beach. I managed a couple of hours before the wind disappeared at 1 though.

I then headed up to Fistral with Nick Moffatt hoping to score a decent surf but it was huge wobbly lumps, so we carried on to Harlyn which also looked pretty pants. So I decided to have a snoop around and walk some coast with Izzy...


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Trevone definitely has potential! and a lot of rocks..

We tried to check Mother Ivy's which I know can throw up a decent tube, but it was difficult to get down there without a long treck.


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On the hill side is this huge bomb hole. The cool thing is you can actually walk down it into the sea...

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The whole stretch from Trevone East is pretty rugged..

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Weekend 2.

For my mum's birthday last weekend we spent 4 days in a cottage in Boscastle -a beautiful bit of coast. Only day with surf was Friday, so lots more walking...


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Friday was good, this picture isn't.. too much of a rush to get out there.

Took my Firewire Flexwire out and got on much better with it than last time -it definitely needs some grunt though. Started off overhead and barrelling, finished up waist high and onshore with cross chop.


Ok, it's just pics of the scenery now, we have some pretty rad coastline...

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Trebarwith Strand. The surf guide says something about the waves not being legendary, but look at those sand bars, I might be back on the next swell..


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Huge rock stack at Trebarwith


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Next along is Tintagel and King Arthurs castle on the above rock. Pretty interesting and some decent caves/waterfall..


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Just up the coast is Bossiney. This is a great beach, very pretty and bit of a spot for getting kegged..


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Heading North....


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That's Izzy's cousin Winston..

Boscastle...


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Boscastle is famous for the floods in 2004 which practically swept it into the sea. It's all fully restored now though and a great place to hang with the folks when it's flat.


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Keeno's or desperado's?



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