Archive | August, 2010


23 Aug

Though grey, it had been hot and sticky for several days.  Finally free from the shackles of ever expanding spreadsheets, we headed away from the coast to visit old friends.  

I had been carefully watching the swell charts all week, painfully teasing myself with the possibilities of a clean, green face to slide across, and now, as we meandered through the Hereford countryside the reality hit me that I was going to have to find a different liquid to soothe my aches.

In true West country fashion, I found consolation in the sweet amber nectar.  Several sticky pints later, I was dancing under canvas, all thoughts of sea and surf swallowed alongside the finest local cider.

The aches I nursed on Sunday morning were now firmly between my temples.


Fishing at Newquay Harbour

16 Aug

With no money and a free evening, we decided a potter down to Newquay harbour.  It is my favourite part of town, away from the slot machines, surf shops and herds of stag and hen parties that maraud from bar to bar.

Armed with a Crab line and a packet of unsmoked bacon, I spent all of twenty minutes dangling my hook off the edge harbour wall. After no bites I decided that Crabs must clearly prefer the smoked variety of bacon, and I left the fishing to the professionals!

A New Board…

13 Aug

Thanks to Bro and Paul at Diplock Phoenix, my birthday present was quite exceptional this year.  A gift from my husband who decided that it was time for me to learn to glide on something with a bit more length!

The dimensions of my new board are 9’0″ x 21 3/4 x 2 3/4.  It has a square tail with a triple stringer, 2 plus 1 FCS fin set up and perfect pink resin tint.  Enough to put a smile on any girls face. 

In laymans terms, what the above means is that for a shortboarder who turns on her rails (like me), the board is a blessing.  The board is a hybrid, and compared to a more traditional mal, the fins are situated further towards the centre of the board and the tail is narrow and drawn out.  This means it is incredibly manoeuvrable and generally more forgiving, especially for someone who is not used to having to take a step back to turn a board. The unique design of the tail will hold its position in the wave much like a large single fin. With a traditional nose, if my longboarding progresses and I manage to cross more than one step forward, the board will be perfect for classic tricks such as nose riding and hanging five or ten.

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