Dibden Enclosure

RENOIR

Damn… I miss this place at times. Clear morning, low sun blinking through the trees whether you’re admiring the views via bike or leg power it’s a great place to unwind – often empty too.

RENOIR

The accessibility of the New Forest is a major thing I miss living here in the North Devon countryside, don’t get me wrong there are some incredible vistas around these parts but much of the green space is privately owned by farmers and such – pretty difficult to just pitch up and explore. So when I’m back south coast way I’m always reminded of how easy it is to slink off the main roads and enjoy a bit of the great outdoors.

RENOIR

Lambo’s Head!

Now that was a friendly! I wish all friendlies England play were as passionate as last night’s encounter against Scotland – and as a Saints fan who knows how good Rickie Lambert is I don’t mind admitting I shot up off the sofa and let out a shriekish cheer when his bullet header thundered in to win the match for the three lions! At last an England game to savour, it’s been a while.

This is what playing for England means to Rickie Lambert.
This is what playing for England means to Rickie Lambert.

Summer with the Otta

Been having some real fun on the Otta the last week or so, a session on the above day in particular sticks in the mind. It doesn’t look much in the photo but then you don’t need much to have a blast on these types of boards. It was a warm day and the swell was producing some real ramp shaped waves almost custom made for the Otta’s smooth belly into single concave.

Summer fun at Westward Ho!
Summer fun at Westward Ho!

The bellied nose and S-Deck feel like they really help get you into waves with not much effort needed before you can feel the board racing down the face. It’s really responsive too, lean back and twitch your heel and you can get it on a rail quickly, lean forward and your accelerating again….! It’s great fun and I’m so glad I stumbled down the Simmonsy route a while back because it’s made surfing days like this one something to remember rather than a frustration from not having a board with foam in all the right places. The great irony is that I’ve discovered a board ideal for my old local, Bournemouth Pier, seems it took me moving to Devon to discover it.