Just packing for Cape Town but due to a school boy error in booking my flight I can't fly with my favourite boards. I'll save you the boring details of how I got there, the fact is I'm going with SAA and they don't take anything over 2m and no matter how I try my Freestyle Waves wont fit in a bag that size. Sure I tried to cancel the flight, even asked Roberto if he really needs me there, "yes, and don't forget you're camera gear".
First week of 2016 couldn't have been better, I've been speed sailing at Southend and windsurfing and kitesurfing and every move captured by GPS. Speed sailing has been the biggest user of GPS for a long time now, www.gps-speedsurfing.com hosts the world rankings for windsurfing but I'm expecting a new gadget could change the way we play with all our sports. The Xensr
Just been looking back through the years pictures to pick out the best shots and realised was just what a year I've had. If you wanted to put a negative spin on it, then it all started before the year began when my van was written off. Once the year started I was back from Cape Town after a week with a snapped Achilles tendon and by the end of the year I'd added a couple more injuries, but that's not how I look at 2015.
Another interesting day at the Ray, this time the wind was from the South so good to test port tack, but as the wind was a bit up and down it didn't live up to expectations. Sadly it went nuclear just as the Ray shut down but at least we got some reasonable speed runs and a few pictures.
Its easy to spend the days between Christmas and New year sitting around at home eating our way through the fridge, so we've chosen to head for our Capital for a couple of days. OK, so we probably eat as much but at least we're walking it off. Sometimes its hard to gauge if the kids appreciate it or not but that question was answered very
Guess I'm back to where it all started, feeling the need for speed. Not sure that ever went away but I enjoy new challenges which has taken me in different directions. If I'd been competing in any other sport I would have retired or something but windsurfing seems to keep giving and having spent some time trying out different avenues within our sport its not only kept my enthusiasm alive but helped me to improve.
FIRST TIME WITH SHAUN COOK
Shaun Cook has made quite a splash in his first season of racing in the BSA. The co-owner of F-Hot fins was pushed into his first ever slalom event at Harwich this year by Dave White and currently leads the amateur rankings using RRD freerace equipment. Amped and hungry for more competition we caught up with Shaun to learn more about his new found passion and talent for racing and experiences as a first timer on the BSA slalom circuit.
JOHN JOHN SKYE DESTRUCTION TEST
RRD Wetsuits Global Collection 2015
The smell of neoprene inside a carton box. This is what I still clearly remember of that day, must have been sometime in 1978, when I received by mail order, my first freediving wetsuit, tailor made by a company called “PESCA SUB” based in Genova, Italy. I was 14 years old. Since that day, my second skin has always been neoprene. I love that smell, and I love the idea of going in the water without feeling you have a second skin on.
Enjoy real warmth and flex!