28th October 2013, 04:57 PM
Gwithian on 5.3m and 88 chakra, then 4.6m and 76 Shaman. Totally stacked at times later on. Really crowded but still seemed fairly easy to get some fun waves to yourself. Shared a wave with Nik Baker which was nice!
Got some of the fastest waveriding I've ever had - the shaman with the 15cm K4 Flex centre fin is quite an experience. Fast, secure and super loose. Really exciting despite waves not being very big.
Had my first heat in the BWA comp late in the day right at the height of a vicious squall. It was a very memorable 10 minutes with savage gusts, blinding rain and a 45 degree wind shift from cross off to cross on. Got 3 waves, 2 of them pretty OK waves by my standards 1 was in cross off, the other in cross-on so at least there was some variety! I think the others struggled to find waves so, even with a very lame floaty jump I squeaked through along with MarkD. We were both really chuffed to get through, but also just to have been out in such crazy conditions!
The day ended carting my kit up the goat track with the wind whipping round all directions and even blowing water up the cliff at times! Thanks to whoever it was sitting near the top helping to get kit over the steep slippy bit, I recon you saved a few board dings and bruises!
A great day of easy going, but still fast and furious sailing.