Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Our 24th wedding anniversary and Charmaines birthday this week-end - coinciding with some epic spring weather, light winds and a decent swell. I was working Saturday, away watching Al Murray on Sunday but home for a class evening session Monday - top waves at Gwithian pushing up to high tide. It's been a while and I was pretty rusty to start - usual story - before getting some decent workable waves - including my final wave home that had me crapping my self as I was hurtling towards the mid beach rocks at Godrevy - fantastic.

Decided to have a bit of a clear out board wise and thought that it was time to move my Pope Bisect Carbon Stealth Longboard on. Really difficult one this -I've made half hearted attempts to sell it before, pricing it too high to sell but just in case someone really wanted it, anyway you know how some things are just 'right' this board is one of them.

It's a Wayne Rich 9'0 Carbon Fibre (like proper black pre preg carbon fibre) Stealth performance longboard. Made in the States before Bisect farmed out their manufacture and bears the board number #007!! Really it does, and it looks like it belongs in a Bond film.

Here is the 2005 Pope Ad for the same board

Wayne Rich shapes have pedigree and Wayne appears in the Shapers Hall of Fame along with any body who is anybody http://www.theshaperstree.com/hall_of_fame/index.asp

The board is a three fin (centre and two FCS sides)with a double concave bottom and has the upgraded Carbon centre pole and carbon centre fin. It comes with the travel bag as shown in the pics below. This board makes longboard travel easy. The original price when I bought it was $1800 plus carriage, import duty and VAT. About $2400. I bought it 4 years ago when the £ was pretty strong costing about £1200. I touted it about a bit at £750 a few months back but realistically would take £575 for it now as I have not ridden any of my Longboards for the best part of two years. This board is Carbon fibre NOT epoxy remember. More pics follow -

Charmaine showing the packed away board - total assembly / disassembly time is about 1 minute, the board is very light - its hollow - and damn tough.

I could ship it pretty much anywhere subject to cleared funds being available. Message me if you are interested.

Now for the Sups

I have a C4 BK Pro 10'x 27" Rocket ship of a board that would take either a 2 plus one or a Quad set up. It has had some paddle chips but I have had it properly refinished and the board is now like new. These boards are now retailing at over £1100 - anyone will tell you that the likelyhood is that they are going to get even more expensive - check it out here https://www.2xs.co.uk/C4_10'0_BK_Pro_SUB.asp?CID=273

Yours for £600

I also have a totally gorgeous pale blue C4 10' Classic diamond tail that I bought new in October list on this is now £1050 - £695 no offfers.

So there we have it - for a day or two anyway - until the Uli Lopez arrives!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Surf Doldrums

Having promised myself that I was not going to post a blog load of holiday snaps - I posted a blog load of holiday snaps - I had intended to put up a third Costa Rica post with a lots of mind blowing wildlife and natural beauty stuff you know the sort of thing - blue skies - golden sands - cold Imperial beers - the sort of stuff that you could show the wife to persuade her that it's not just a surf holiday destination there just happens to be surf there. Just didn't get round to it and then the moment was lost - the euphoria of the holiday was gone and the reality of splashing around in 9'c onshore Sunday slop sort of kicked in and I just couldn't get my ass into gear. So here is one I should have posted earlier.

An Olive Ridley Turtle laying her eggs at the end of the path between the hotel and the beach

The only decent day's surfing that I have had since i've been back was a couple of weeks ago when the high tide was about 8.30am and we had a clean 2-3' swell push through (peaking Saturday of course)still it was fun even if I struggled on the Naish a bit. I don't know if I am getting worse or my expectations are more. Twelve months ago we surfed every Sunday - regardless and every session was fun and a challenge - now we (I) are more picky resulting in more no go's. I can sort of remember the early days of my regular surfing being the same. Time to reset my parameters and get back to having a blast regardless of conditions - besides more time in adverse conditions should hone my sweet skills in preparation for when its 4' and clean, no wind and warm - and I might stand some chance of staying on the dryside a bit more - bring it on.