Monday, 16 December 2013
If I had just one tip for winter surf trips it would be this: wait until after Christmas. Give yourself the prospect of a nice hot trip in February to get you through the winter.
We went to California in October. Despite the warm water and balmy Californian climate I was actually looking forward to coming home to some nice cold-but-empty waves. I had a new board to ride and was feeling super paddle fit. Oh the surf, such a cruel mistress, it had other ideas. Howling winds and solid rain for nearly six weeks, all the while the days getting shorter and shorter and the water temperature plummetting. The trip quickly became a distant memory.
I always struggle in the winter, but with our winter trip already behind me I'm finding this winter particularly difficult. Nothing's really firing me up, I'm demotivated, and if procrastinating were an Olympic sport I'd get the gold. I started writing a post about the trip on the 4th of November, somehow it's taken me two months to sort out my film photos and get something together. But it's done, and if it's not too depressing to even look at some warm waves and blue skies you can see the full set here.
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Nordfor Sola (North of the Sun) was the standout film for me from last year's London Surf Film Festival, and it's finally available to watch / download on Vimeo. It's not free, but trust me this will be the best surf film you've seen in a long time.
Friday, 27 September 2013
The Cruel & Curious Sea art exhibition is today! Can't believe how quickly it's come around. Here's a few teasers of what other people are showing:
Artists (top to bottom) Daniel Scott, Lee Robertson, Rob Weare, Danni Bradford
Friday, 20 September 2013
OK so Surftember has been a bit of a disappointment so far, but the forecast's looking good for next week, the sun's coming back, and there are loads of events to look forward to. Contests, exhibitions, meets, the weekends are getting pretty booked up! First up this week it's the Greenaway Pro, the surf comp's not had the best swell to run in, but there's a film night tonight (including an exclusive from us at Finisterre) and tomorrow night's wrap up and Sandsifter should be good. I'm showing some of my photos at the Cruel & Curious Sea art exhibition the weekend after up in Bude, there's a real mix of people showing their work, I can't wait.
Monday, 9 September 2013
I love Autumn, I dread Autumn. I love summer, who doesn't? But as the holiday season reaches its peak I dream of crisp Autumn mornings and empty glassy waves. Then Autumn arrives, the promised swells fail to arrive, and meanwhile the days get colder and shorter and shorter. I wonder why I wished the Summer away.
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
After ages of dithering over where to go on a trip this year, we've finally booked flights to California in October. I'm so excited I want to pack my suitcase RIGHT NOW. Any hints / tips on where to go, motels, car rentals, finding second hand boards etc gratefully received...