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Sep
10

Dawn till Dusk

My arms are aching and I have blisters all over my hands but it was worth it.

Yesterday I decided to get up before the sun and SUP paddle one of the new 14ft boards I have just received.  Lucky for the big tides and the flat conditions as I hit the sea at around 5:45am.  To my surprise it was fairly warm and only wearing shorts and t’shirt I paddle across the 2 1/2 mile beach towards Putsborough.  The moons was at its fullest and being a 10. tide everything was super clear and still.  As I got to Puts the moon was just disappearing into the new day, so I headed out towards Baggy point and watch it disappear.  Then also to my surprise I turned around to head back to Wooalcombe and the sun was coming up between the valley.  As I approached the beach the sun was well and truly up and a well deserved cup of tea and porridge was in call for.

Then in the evening I had a mate turn up from Cornwall and we decided to paddle out towards Morte Point and watch the sun go down, which in this picture you can only imagine how nice this paddle was.  On the way back to main beach the moon was just coming up over the top of the hill.  To finish of the day with a cheeky pint and chat to how my day was just a once in a lifetime experience.

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Aug
19

Do love a bit of Tahiti

The first day of Chopes (Tahiti) has been just epic.  The forecast was predicted to be big and clean and the forecast was not wrong.  With clean 15-20ft faces the circus was on. Some of those drops were just insane and even the big boys were getting whooped.

Watch all the action here: ASPworldtour.com

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Jul
18

Sundried

Thanks to Sundried for a few free samples to try out.  Looking forward to receiving some new sunnies and clothes to try out.  Really could do with a new pair of shades as I have had the last one for many moons now.

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Jul
7

South Coast Adventure

It has been a tough few months but there is one thing I know, being a dad is the best thing you can ever do.  Here is my Little girl in the middle and Farli on the left, Zaiph on the right.  We went for an adventure down to Cawsands this weekend to see my brother for his 50th and stayed in a Yurt which for Matilda was the first time she has stayed in a yurt and camped and they were all super excited.  We stayed in a camp site over looking Plymouth and Devon which was just awesome.  Instead of watching the sun come up from the land we watched the sun come up from the sea.  To say the least it was a cracking weekend and happy birthday Steve.

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Jul
1

What do you do before work?

This is Putsborough beach this morning, the other end of Woolacombe.  It is roughly 2 1/2 miles of open water from rock to rock.  Since January my local swimming pool has been closed and I have to get up at 5:45am to get there for a 6:30 start. Having such lovely weather at the moment helps and what ever the surf is doing there is always something to do in the bay.  This morning consisted of swimming from rock to rock. Yesterday morning consisted of a walk of the beach and then the day before was a SUP paddle and if I get waves then I will have a surf.  So this is my morning before work and its a great way to clear your head.

Thanks to eye ball for the picture.

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Jun
24

Things you find at sea

This was my adventure this morning when swimming the beach of Woolacombe to Puts and back.  With perfect glassy conditions and the best visibility you can imagine, the water was a bit chilly but after a few strokes it all started to warm up.

I was about 150m out to sea and all I could see was spider and hermit crabs.  This was loads of fun and then I got stung by a jelly fish on the lip and face, which did take a while for the feeling to come back but this is part and parcel of the open water swimming.

Then on the way back I was about 200m maybe more out to sea and seen this rope at the bottom of the ocean and decided to go down and investigate.  The boy was pretty deep and took me a couple of attempts to get the thing out. Lung busting to say the least.  Then had to swim it back to the beach and run up to the high tide with it.  That was a real Iron Man work out.

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Jun
6

Never forget

With the anniversary of the D-Day landings going on it would only be fitting to put pay tribute to what can be only described as the turning point of the war.  With out what these men sacrificed I cannot help but ask the question where would be now and would we actually be here?

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May
13

ISA World SUP and Paddle board

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May
1

What does May Day mean to you?

What does May Day mean to you?  May day means the start of summer and warmth.  The winters are long and the summers are short so make the most of it.  Enjoy every moment and take every day as it comes, enjoy the small things in life because you never know when they become big things.  My year has not been the best and have struggled with a lot of stuff, but I sure know what to enjoy and who you can trust.  Little bit deep but sometimes you just have too express your feelings..

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Apr
17

Water may be cool but the weather is nice

With the Easter holidays in full flow we have had to put up with a few flat days, but at least the sun has been out. Plenty of coaching and not to cold at the same time.  This time last year it was proper chilly and there was not many people about.  But as the Easter weekend approaches and the easter bunny is busy hiding all those eggs, it looks like it could not be a bad weekend. I have had a great few weeks getting back into coaching and introducing the new crew into the shop and instructing. With a refit of the shop and introducing the new SUP’s (Stand up Paddle boards) they have been great fun for these small flat days with awesome sunsets and big tides.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys the sunshine and plenty of family time.

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