Friday, April 24, 2009

What a Week!!

We have been so lucky with the waves this month - not huge but pretty consistant making for some great sessions. Conditions have varied between a steady waist to chest high and generally clean. This has allowed me to get some great board time on the Naish. Tonight it showed. Smell that? It's me oooozing surfsmug.

I had planned on giving it a miss tonight as the winds were forecast to go north easterly (bang onshore)and freshen to 20-24mph.

4.38pm I get a picture text from Gavin. It was clean and building. Last nights session at Pete's was so good I decided to get down there again asap after work in the hope of resuming where I left off last night. It's the pig in me I suppose.

Gav's text piccy - looking really nice - it didn't stay like that for long!!!

Gavin was already in and the waves in front of the car park were, lets say, impressive.

I was getting changed a guy pulls up and beeps his horn - 'still light and too early for doggin' I thought and it's Ash and his mate that we met at Lafitenia in France last October - Small world.

Only one board, decision made, in the van and after a quick change I was trotting off down the track to Pete's.

It was clean, but only between the waves - outside was quite choppy and getting steadily worse BUT I seemed to be coping with it. I'm sure that my efforts at staying topside resembled my amazing dance moves - you've seen them before but I don't get out that often.

I know, I have no shame - But tonight I was staying upright and catching waves - and having a total ball. It was hard work and my knees, calves and thighs bear testament to it but so much fun.

One thing - quick confession here - I got all righteous the other day about not bailing my board in order to preserve my leash and not treat it as a retreival tool. Tonight after getting caught inside I bailed and not just once or twice. Sorry guys - I'll work on it.

There I feel better now that I have got that off my chest.

If, sorry BIG IF, anyone is still reading this, drop by pull up a chair, tell me all about it - at least say hello.


NC Paddle Surfer said...

Good story. Pictures please!

csx355 said...

Hi Dwight - I know I should post more pics - but I don't want 'stuff' strapped to the board and when a session is 'on' I don't want to stop and take pics. But you are quite right - a picture says a thousand words. I'll get on it. Steve.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Dwight, more pix please. And, yup, just to let you know, you've still got readers and your readers want more posts from you, okay? meanwhile, have you heard anything about the inflatables made by tim mellors / custard point surfboards? i think he's a got a 10.6 coming out, with the same construction as the steamroller ULIs, and I'm thinking that might be a sweet compromise b/ 10' and 11'. hmmm. more choices is more better but it does tend to make deciding more difficult.
keep up the good work!

csx355 said...

Hi Anon - thanks for the comments -I will get more pics up - promise. Ref Tim's inflatables - I don't know too much about them. I have bought my first and several other hard SUP's from TIM and as such feel that I owe him a bit of loyalty - consequently I have bought my ULI's from ULI and just wouldn't feel right doing anything else. Probably does not make sense but it does to me.