22 Oct 2014

Ferry Wave!

By Peter Kosinski

The ferrywave is a unique wave at the entrance to Dublin Port. It occurs when the late afternoon ferries all return from the U.K leaving behind a wake which breaks into a wave with a combination of tide and wind.

On this particular day the stars aligned with 3 minute long rides and perfect sunshine. The wave breaks over a few sections of sand and can offer up hollow sections to do some turns on. The best thing about it. You can be in Dublin city centre in 5 minutes after you finished surfing!

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13 Oct 2014

Charlie Jones – 2014 Battle of the Paddle

Team rider Charlie Jones was one of several UK riders to make their way out to Salt Creek California for the 2014 Battle of the Paddle, since getting back Charlie has

Elite Race: So the way the elite race worked was you were either put into heat 1 or heat 2 and you had to come over the line in the top half of your heat to make it into the elite final. So I was in heat 1. So the race start came round fast and nerves had kicked in! I’m standing on the start line watching head high plus sets come crashing into the beach and looking to my left and right and seeing paddlers like Kai Lenny and Danny Ching, it was a tad intimidating!

Luckily they started us in a bit of a lull, so I managed to get out through the surf without any dramas but was left in the wash of the front pack, which led to me going in a few times, putting me near the back of the heat. I managed to make up a few places before the first buoy, and as we turned around the buoy and started heading back towards the beach, I could see and hear this huge set crashing into the beach! I was praying for a lull as I turned the inside buoy and started heading back through the surf and ended up tacking one wave on the head which lost me a bit of time, finally managing to paddle in to the beach run. The 2nd and 3rd lap stayed the same, I managed to ride a nice head high wave into the beach with 2 other guys on the 3rd lap, which felt good when you’re flying in on a wave with hundreds of people looking at you! 

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On the final lap I managed to catch a couple of guys and then got pounded by a massive set coming into the beach! I came across the line somewhere towards the back of the heat. Not the result I was hoping for but I still had so much fun racing in those conditions! 

Distance Race: This was a 10 mile course set out, so we only had to play in the waves twice, which was good news for me! 

I managed to get a good start making it over the first few waves putting me in a good position just behind the front train lead by Casper, I managed to stay in this position for most of the race with a few people coming past me like Ryan James on the 2nd lap, he had a nightmare start getting stuck in the shore break with loads of other racers, and then came flying past me like I was standing still! 

I managed to catch a nice wave into the beach to come across the line in 53rd overall, including the unlimited and all the 14″s who started before us, I finished 6th in the 19 to 29yr old age group and not sure where I came in the 12’6 class but was somewhere in the top half which I was happy with!

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So it was an epic event and a good learning curve! 

Charlie

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8 Oct 2014

Charlie Jones – 2014 SUP 11 City Tour

Last year’s 11 city tour went really well for me, I finished in 15th and I had my mind set on a top ten finish at this year’s event. I was racing on the 14′ x 24″ wide Starboard sprint so I had really good fast board for this event. At the start of day one my goal looked possible, I had an amazing start and managed to get off the line at the front along with Clubvass friend Jay Haysey and the top 3 Peter Bartl, Bart de Zwart and Martjin van Deth. Jay and I kept them in site for the first 10km and managed to get a gap to the group behind us.

At this point I thought a top ten finish could happen, but then as we hit the 16km my shoulder started playing up due to an ongoing injury, and by 19km I could barely paddle on my right side. This was a huge blow as I still felt like I had loads of energy left in the tank! So unfortunately I was now out of the race as I had to stop at the 26km rest stop.

By the start of day two I’d see two physio’s and they had done a really good job on my shoulder and I felt like I could race. So once and again I got a really good start and me and Jay we’re even in 1st and 2nd for about 30 meters until the top 3, Bart, Peter and Martjin came flying past us. I managed to get away from Jay a little and he ended up leading an 8 man draft train. I managed to stay in 4 for about 2.5km and then fell in and ended up at the back of the draft train Jay was leading. 

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The train stayed the same until we got to a big lake just before the rest stop. The train got broken up and I went really wide to try and then head directly downwind to overtake as you can see in this picture below.

You can also see the top 3 just in front of us! Unfortunately this didn’t pay off and I fell behind the rest of the guys. But in the afternoon I was able to make up some time and finished in 8th on day two. 

Day 3 went pretty similar only I felt a bit weak in the afternoon and finished in 11th or 12th. That night I didn’t feel too great and wasn’t able to eat that much. The next morning I felt even worse and could hardly eat anything, but I tried to race anyway. But only 3 km in and I had to stop I felt really ill and weak. I went to the doctor as I thought it might have been something to do with this rash on my forehead that appeared the week before the race, so the doctor had a look and it turns out I’ve got shingles! So not ideal when trying to complete a 220km race, so that was the event over for me.

I still had a great time at the event and met loads of awesome people, the level was really high this year and the competition between the top 15 guys was really intense all week long! Huge respect for everyone who competed this year! And even more respect for the crazy racers that did the 220km non-stop! I can’t even imagine trying to do this race non-stop!

So all in all not the best event for me! But I will be back next year.  For now I’ve got B.O.P coming up so I need to get myself recovered in time for that!  

Thanks to Bray Lake Watersports and Starboard Sup UK for their support.

Also can’t forget my Dad for supporting me all week! 

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