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.
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.
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.
A spot of Essex Hot-Hatchness, 80s cool. You don’t see many of these badboys on the road these days, maybe because they rust like crazy and the engines clog up with oil over time! That’s why I always appreciate seeing one out and about.