Last weekend the Atlantic delivered a healthy dose of swell and offshore winds to South West England – only downside being that due to the strength of the easterlies most of Northern Europe was plunged into full on mid-winter mode just when we thought we might be escaping the iron grip of the cold months. In fact the wind has not yet let up and as I type its 3c outside and the fire is roaring away, this was not how I had envisaged my first April living in the West Country but the weekend’s waves made me forget about the cold for a while.
I surfed the Bude area for the most part, the best waves being half an hour of dredging little right handers on a new 5’7 Cre8tion Pepper Jelly shortboard that I’ll post up some info on later (she’s fast and fun!). These rights were out of the wind a little and although smaller than a lot of the open beaches they had great shape and allowed a couple of flowing turns maximising the grin factor. The worst session involved a more humbling experience at a head high reef break where I did little more than paddle around and get rag dolled by the jacking peaks of the set waves…. it’s all part of surfing I guess!