The whole journey kicked off for us even before the real journey began. We literally arrived at the airport with one hour to go before the plane was about to take off and rushed to the departue lounge. Just getting to the airport is a long enough story in its own. However, in short, two weeks before we left our van broke down so we had to arrange another car, in the meantime when I was packing I discovered some damage to my board and needed to arrange something QUICK. A short phone call with Nik Baker and a new Fanatic Skate was awaiting for me, so long as I could meet him at a certain time at a certain service station. Easy.
So we left Weymouth in our ‘new’ car and about half an hour later the gearbox packed in… Some phone calls later, a three hour overnight sleep in a service station and a taxi ride later I eventually made it to Stanstead Airport with the new Skate. Meanwhile Alex Mitchell, part of our clan, got rear ended on his way up and also turned up around the same time as me. We hooked up with Nic, who had had a pleasant nights sleep at the airport hotel and ran to departures.
Finally on the plane we relaxed, and this is how the first two weeks have been since; relaxed, a lot of fun and plenty of windsurfing. We were just saying how we have packed so much in to the last two weeks it feels like a month. Having been here before it is nice to head back to the different spots, each year the sands move a bit so the lagoon is different, centre 2 has changed slightly and centre one also. That said the wind has been pretty different this year, the first week was on full power then we had some kind of Calima but still got over 40 knots each day, check out the video below from the Calima sessions, some decent kono and kabikuchi practice. Then the last few days have had this mysterious lunchtime lull but always loads of wind in the afternoon/evening.
It’s really nice to stay with the same people again; Alex Mitchell, Adam Sims, Hanna Poschinger and the new addition to the crew, Nic Hibdige. The apartment suits us well, a big terrace for all the gear and pretty open plan. We share a car between three, which just about works with all the kit and we mix up the cooking with eating out, so it is all pretty good fun.
The first week we were here we got pretty carried away, sailing at the most perfect spots just to train moves and build up the confidence again, then this last week we have been spending almost all our time in the competition area at centre one. Getting some experienced words from Adam has helped us train our heats a bit better, making sure we land moves rather than crash our hardest moves and at the same time we are windsurfing with some of the worlds best stylers. It’s pretty awesome and the level of the guys has gone through the roof.
To begin this diary/feature on a proper note we spent most of today at centre one, the wind was strong and built all afternoon. I sailed with my 4.7 and was pretty stoked with some of my bigger moves although it is hard to get over how frustrating it is to have to sail and compete in this area when just 300m downwind there is one of the best freestyle spots in the world.
Until tomorrow then…