27 Feb 2015

Birthday Bonus!

By Luke Smith

This past month has been a bit weird, not so many freestyle sessions but a trip to Daymer Bay for my birthday and some great freeride sails too! One of the reasons has been that I have been unlucky with wind timing and freetime and the other is that I have been saving up for the summer.

This summer me and Becky are saving up for a campervan (instead of flying), for a season-long trip to Italy and surrounding areas. Why Italy? Well there are many cool spots windsurf and non-windsurf to explore. Lake Garda, Sardinia’s Porto Pollo and the south that will offer hours of great windsurfing! The main reason we are heading to Italy though is that the time off the water will be as great as the time on the water. The food, wine and culture will be as fun to explore as the spots.

Hopefully will be able to stay until autumn as Italy has a range of surfing spots too that I am keen to try out!

On paper Itally sounds like the perfect place for a trip for a both windsurfers and non windsurfers and I cant wait to report back about the place.

The video is of me and Ollie at Daymer, it was super super howling and I was sooo stacked on my 4m Bolt, we only filmed 15 mins each as we were both way to cold. Even in the filming gear (my snowboard gear = wind/spray proof jacket and trousers). 2 days of super overpowered jumping and enjoying the local beers, ‘Doom bar’, ‘Tribute’ and my new favourite ‘Proper Job’, made the over 9 hr round trip well worth it! And it was my birthday :)

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26 Feb 2015

Be the best you can be!

Time to get your 2015 progression plan sorted. Make it the year to really make some progress. Master that new move, new board or break that blast back and forth plateau!

Simon Bornhoft WINDWISE: Hayling Island Freeride Coaching & Tune Up Sessions!

Windwise Skills Training System

Demo the latest Tushingham & Starboard gear!

www.windwise.net/uk-courses

Hi folks

Not long to go before the weather warms up, so time to think about the forthcoming season. We’ve just announced the first set of our Windwise Hayling Island Freeride sessions. Whether you’re looking to fast track through the sport or feel there’s nothing else to learn, prepare to be surprised!

 

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The Windwise Skills Training System uses core coaching principles and very specific ‘skills & drills’ to guarantee improvement, break through plateaus and eliminate bad habits. These special windsurfing experiences offer a welcoming and encouraging environment. Plus our fast track Windwise coaching methodology will accelerate your progression and get you to where you want to be in the sport.

These engaging 2-day south coast tune-ups are the perfect opportunity to give your windsurfing a real boost. With proven results, welcoming social, professional coaching and 1-2-1 feedback and attention we’ll help you be the best you can be! 

2 full days WINDWISE Skills Training System/Professional Coaching / 1-2-1 Feedback / Video Playback Personal Performance Guide / Quiver & Kit Advice Accommodation & Kit Hire Available! Progression and a great time guaranteed!

DEMO TUSHINGHAM & STARBOARD KIT! COURSE DATES!

Improver to Advanced course dates www.windwise.net/uk-courses

 

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18 Feb 2015

SWA 2014/2015 Wave Champion

By Louis Morris

I’m really happy to win the student wave series. It was a shame to not have conditions at the final event at Cardiff, but we had wind and waves at the first two events where I finished 1st and 4th, so can’t really complain too much.

The SWA has been a really good introduction not only to wave competition, but wavesailing in general. When I started attending these events as a fresher 3 years ago, I couldn’t bottom turn, but the friendly atmosphere of the events and high level of the top guys really motivated me to improve, and so my obsession with wavesailing happened!

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“Training” at Marazion. Photo by Mel Splashography​

I didn’t expect to win. In fact, I think it is the same in racing, sometimes my best results come from when I have no self expectation, then I’m more relaxed and can focus on just windsurfing!

The conditions at both events were pretty hard, for different reasons. At the first event at The Bluff, it was lighter than it looked on the inside, so I spent a lot of the competition underpowered, which wasn’t ideal, because it was almost bolt onshore with some big lumps of whitewater to get through. I felt lucky to get as far as the semis, but then found me feet, and landed some big jumps, table tops, and forwards with some back and frontside waverides. I knew I’d sailed quite well, but I had no idea if I’d won, it’s a bit different to what I’m used to for racing. In racing you can always see if you are winning or not, in a wave heat, usually I never see most of what my competitors do!

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In competition at Rhosneigr. Photo by Jim Brooks-Dowsett

At the second event at Rhosneigr, it was a little less onshore, but a similar wind strength, perfect for my 4.7 Rock. The thing I found hard at Rhossy was finding decent ramps and wave-rides from the relatively soft gentle waves there. I had a decent semi-final, but in the final I struggled to find a good second wave.

The level at the top of the fleet is really tight and pretty high, with all the top 4 at Rhossy getting consistent forward loops and fluid wave rides even in the tricky onshore conditions we had on the tour. Yet these events are also perfect for anyone new to wavesailing. As long as you can waterstart, you can give it a go, Tushingham and Starboard provided 4 sets of 2015 gear at the first event, so you might not even need your own wave kit.

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What could have been at the Cardiff SWA event if there had been wind and waves! Photo by Ben Bulson.​

I definitely want to compete more in the BWA amature fleet, I did Rhosneigr and Gwithian last year and they both a really good experience with great conditions. I’d definitely recommend any of the SWA wavesailors who are at a level where they can get out, do a jump and catch a wave to come along. Unfortunately, the Rhosneigr event this year clashes with the SWA/BUCS National championships, but I’ll definitely be at Gwithian, I’d love to get to Tiree as well, but I’ll have to see how that fits in with my uni work. A few things are for sure though! You will see me at all the SWA wave events next year, and at a few UKWA events and the Raceboard world championships this summer (yes I can still race, I think…).

At both events I used my trusty old 74 liter waveboard with 4.7 Tushingham Rock (except in one heat at The Bluff, where I used a 4.2), which is a combo that rocks in all conditions!

Thanks to the SWA and especially Jim Brooks-Dowsett from Puravida for running a great wave series, and also to Tushingham Sails for supporting my windsurfing. I can’t wait for my next session, it looks like the wind is returning soon, there must be time for windsurfing alongside writing my masters thesis surely!

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