11 Aug 2016

Sara Kellet Europe Road Trip Blog 2

By Sara Kellett

After my last post we spent 3 more days windsurfing at the spot near cape Finesterre.

The wind seemed to miraculously get up every evening around 6pm for a couple of hours on the water after lazy days in the remote beauty.

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However the waves were getting smaller and smaller so eventually we decided it was time to move on to Portugal.

Just a couple of hours drive down the coast was our first taste of Portuguese windsurfing. A spot called Moledo which felt very different to Spain- more built up, busier, hotter and windier! As the tide dropped, the chop started to form a few nice ramps and little waves, to accompany the very gusty 4m weather wind.

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The next day a big 14sec swell was arriving and it looked like Viana, just down the coast would be firing. It was! We spent a good few hours enjoying the starboard tack, down the line conditions with what seemed like most of Europe’s windsurfer’s and kiters. A great way to finish 8 days in a row windsurfing!

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We spent one night there, staying in a big carpark in a pine forest. But with no more wind, no water or toilets, and dogs not allowed on the beach, we decided to go back up to explore Galicia some more.

First we spent a few days at Carnota. A long sandy beach in a nature reserve, with a backdrop of mountainous forests and wind turbines.

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We had heard mixed reports as to whether windsurfing was allowed here, but there were plenty of sunbathers swimming and a couple of surfers so it seemed like no one takes notice of the old worn out sign. We didn’t windsurf but had a couple of almost solitary surf sessions instead.

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It looked like the wind was coming back but we were not quite sure where would be best. This led to a bit of a wild goose chase, checking out a few beaches up the coast. But eventually we found some world class conditions and it was all worth it. Near to where our Spanish windsurfing started at a beach called San Xurxo I sailed the biggest and cleanest down the line, starboard tack wave riding I have ever had! The big sets out back felt like giant walls coming towards you and there was no way I had the guts to try catch them. However some of the locals were properly going for it!

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The next day was slightly smaller but still a lot of fun. Dad broke a mast and perhaps I pushed myself a little too hard. I caught a wave and nosedived after a top turn in the critical section. My kit went one way with my foot in the footstrap and the rest of my body went the other way. I twisted around under the water and got my foot out but the damage had been done. After hobbling up the beach my ankle swelled up massively, so that evening we took a trip to the local hospital. After an x-ray, it was good news. No break just a bad sprain so they bandaged it up and told me to rest it for a few days then gradually start moving it again.

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So now I am just chilling out, and relaxing, waiting for my ankle to heal. It is hard when it’s windy and everyone is windsurfing. But with sunshine and blue seas I can hardly complain. It’s a chance to catch up on a bit of washing- It isn’t easy doing it all by hand!

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1 Aug 2016

Sara Kellet Europe Road Trip Blog 1

By Sara Kellett

I am currently 2 weeks into an ultimate summer road trip with my Dad and the Dog. The plan was to travel down the coast of France, Spain and Portugal.

In search of wind and waves. Making the most of Europe whilst it’s still so easy to do so. We caught the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff and as far as windsurfing goes the first week passed without much to report. There was no wind so we met up with some friends and stayed in the lovely surf town of Le Dossen. kept busy surfing, slacking, SUPing and walking.

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Keeping an eye on the wind charts, Galicia is NW Spain seemed the place to be so after our friends left we spent 2 long days and over 20hrs driving. Mostly it went smoothly. Apart from a hot, sticky traffic jam near Bordeaux the scenery was lovely, especially through the mountains where you pass over hundreds of stunning bridges and tunnels as you make you way across the mountains.

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Eventually we arrived at our first windsurfing destination and went straight on the water to blow away the long drive. It was called Doninos- 3-4ft waves and a cross-shore wind made for wobble and ride conditions. It was fun but the waves were difficult to predict, especially without any local knowledge and a fuzzy head from sleep deprivation!

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We spent a night here then moved further west where the wind looked stronger to a spot called Traba. Popular with kiters, we spent 2 days windsurfing here in marginal cross-on shore wind and waves, parked up next to the beach.

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The next spot on our list was described as being “at the end of the world”, right near the cape Finesterre and very remote. It was supposed to be windier than Traba, so along with some German windsurfer’s that had a similar plan, we all made tracks there. Each place we went seemed to get more beautiful. Rolling green hills, forests and an almost deserted stretch of golden sand and turquoise water greeted us. As the tide dropped, the wind and waves picked up so tentatively the group of us rigged up and walked to the beach. This was by far the best session of the trip. Cross-on wind and 5-6ft waves made for fun jumping and riding. Especially with the waves nicely spaced out.

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We will stay here for a few days. The wind looks as if it may not be quite enough. Then perhaps head to Portugal and see where the wind takes us….

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22 Jul 2016

The UKWA Cup Series Came To Portland Harbour

By Louis Morris

The UKWA cup series came to Portland Harbour last weekend. The 19 raceboards completed 8 races with wind from 5 to 12 knots.

Without many shifts or gusts, boardspeed and good starts were rewarded. I was really happy to win every race, as several of my competitors were also really fast in these light wind conditions.

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This is the last competition before the European Championships in a months time. There are 19 people attending from the UK, including 10 youth competitors. I’m really looking forward to it!

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Results:
1st Louis Morris (Tushingham/Starboard)
2nd Mark Kay, 1st heavyweight and 1st master (Demon/Starboard)
3rd Rob Kent (Tushingham/Starboard)

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