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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
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I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking it's been bit of a limp one after last winters non stop epicness, but I guess it's had its moments. A few of my highlights..

 

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Not long after the awesome trip to Ireland and winning the Magheroarty 'In memory of Mikey' Classic, I did a repeat trip over as foot passenger again this time with Aleksy Gayda. Jony Price picked us up from the port again and drove us round. We scored it pretty sick! We originally had the reefs around Mullaghmore in Mind but ended up at err Cape Cold..

 

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Timo and Finn were already out. 

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Day two and we decided the safest bet would be Magheroarty. It was pretty big and windy! Luckily Jony managed to capture some grainy images through the non stop rain and they were enough to win me the 'Boylos wave of the winter'! The prize is pretty sweet with a Soloshot 2 and loads of other cool stuff..  thanks to Boylo's and all the prize donators for putting it together.

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As usual I've been driving to whichever end of the country looks best and have been Alnmouth in Northumberland for some epic wobble n ride (and very numb fingers)...

 

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Rhosneigr in Wales for some epic windy jumping (though in the end I think Cornwall faired better and I missed a classic) 

 

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And some pumping surf round the corner..

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Barmston in Yorkshire for one of it's best days in years.. 

 

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And a bit of Cornwall. Though the sailing was pretty hard work in a big Northerly at Godrevy. 

 

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(pretty pleased with the new colour ks3s!) 

 

The sailing was average this time but surf was pumping!! 

 

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I've won something else surf related, and this time didn't need to get wet! I've won one of two places at the Snowdonia wave garden after a 'like and share' comp! And will be one of the first to surf it! They're talking 6ft barrels!! Basically a much bigger better version of the test wave garden in Spain. Pretty cool! and on the way to Rhosneigr! Opens this summer, can't wait! Thanks Surf Snowdonia!

 

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I've finally managed to give the Unifiber wave masts, booms and extensions a good test in something reasonably heavy and it's all past with flying colours so far. Certainly much stronger than a lot of gear I've used in the past. I might even sell my ten year old bomb proof Simmer 80% masts but not just quite yet -need to do the mast high sucking slab test first!

 

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Terrible pic but great conditions. Sailed with Kyle McGinn. Shame I had to upset the hordes of surfers a little and then sit it out until they'd all had enough and cleared off at around 5,  annoying as ever as it was pretty rubbish and too windy for surfing. Once there was some space I could bomb down the line and get some mega airs on every run! Sailed until dark.

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Speed wise we've had quite a lot of sailable days but nothing really epic. It's given me a chance to do a lot of tuning with the new Unifiber gear which is working really well.. 

 

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But I'm also now off the water having sliced my foot open through the boot at Kirby last weekend.. the cockle situation is pretty bad at the minute -sharp open shells and slippy algae covered aggregate is not a good mix..

 

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Hopefully I'll be healed in time for the NWF speed in a couple of weeks at Weymouth OTC.. 

 

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Fingers crossed for a good start to the summer at the BWA Rossi event too, not far off! 22-26th April..




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