Mini Simmons at Sandymere

Hit Sandymere on Saturday for a few waves on the mini simmons. Surf was pretty lack-lustre with some waist high wind slop coming in. It turned out better than it looked (just) with a few open sections here and there. Although the sea felt colder than it has done previously this winter I had one lovely little whippy/weightless top turn on a wedgey right hander that made me smile whilst walking back across the beach evading the crazy kite-buggyists that had descended en masse!

Sandymere Panoramic

Footy Fans Know What They’re Talking About??

Don’t know how I happened across this video – think it may have just popped up at me in one of those “Suggested for You” type sections on YT whilst I was wasting some time cruising the net wishing the northerly wind would back off. I’m bleeding glad it did find me though, in light of Frank Lampard’s exquisite finish to win the game for England against Brazil on Wednesday night I thought it was worth zipping back in time to when Frank was an emerging talent at West Ham back in 1996.
The vid takes place in a West Ham fans forum where one ‘knowledgeable’ fan tells Harry he shouldn’t have let youngsters Matt Holland and Scott Canham go so easily and accuses Harry of favouritism towards Lampard (Frank’s dad is good pals with Harry from their own playing days) and that Lamps doesn’t have the required potential to make it.

The vid shows two things to us; a) sadly the vast majority of football fans don’t have a clue about football, they couldn’t spot talent when they’re within metres of the touchline and don’t know the difference between a chip and a lob and b) manager’s such as Redknapp have an unbelievable nous for talent and potential and its why they do what they do. I love the prophetic lines from Harry “I’m telling you now, there’ll be no comparison between what Frank Lampard achieves in football and what Scotty Canham achieves”