Friday, 31 December 2010
So far out of all the days spent in Dominical Christmas Day was the best to date. Check out the photos (below).
However all other days have been pretty fun too!
I have been chatting to a few locals and some expats and they reckon the wave at Dominical breaks like Lower Trestles (California). What they didnt mention was how uncrowded it was compared to Lowers!
Merry Christmas and Happy new year by the way!
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Sunrise is currently about 5.45am on the west coast of Costa.
Here in Santa Teresa there are miles of beach break peaks to surf, usually with a few guys out or all to yourself if your in at the crack of dawn!
Today was different though. I couldn't put my finger on it..........Oh yeah wait a minute its a little chilly!
For some reason the water temperature had dropped a degree. I was of course smuggling peanuts, shouting at the sun to hurry up and come up over the hills and warm me through!
Not sure why i'm whinging though though as I hear on the grape vine its been bloody baltic, back in blighty ol England!
A couple of swedish guys who are staying at the same hostel as us took these photos and kindly sent them to me!
Friday, 3 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
After another long day of travelling via bus/sleep over/bus/bus/ferry/bus/taxi we made it and it feels good just to chill for 2 weeks!
Our next stop will take us to Jaco and Playa Hermosa, which we intend to stay for Christmas and New Year. Apparently Jaco is supposed to be carnage for parties! So I will let you know what are adventures bless us with next!
Here are a few Photos from the last 12 days since leaving Tamarindo or shall I say Tamagringo!
Saturday, 20 November 2010
However I had a blast and got some fun waves!
Will keep ya posted on the goings on next week!
The photo doesn't really do the spot (Langosta) any justice as its a really fun righthander rivermoth wave.
Thats just the quality of my digital camera!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
From left to right:
Dave Brown 6,3. 18 3/4. 2 3/16. Round Tail.
Haven't really used this board in the UK much, only when the waves have been 4ft+ and barrelling. I took this board to Indonesia last year and it went amazing at G-Land and Uluwatu etc.
Dave Brown 6,4. 18 3/4. 2 3/16. Round Tail.
Used this in Indonesia last year too and for some reason is more forgiving than the board to the left! I prefer the concave that Dave has put into this board. Again I don't really use this board in the UK as the waves are generally fat (Especially in Devon). However I am taking it to Costa Rica next week, where hopefully I will get to use it more regularly. Its such a nice shape for perfect barrelling waves.
Jason Stevenson 6,1. 19 1/4. 2 1/2 Squash tail, Luke Egan Model.
I was persuaded to buy this board in Bali by my friend Jake who at the time said "that board is perfect for you". At the time I was hesitant, as it was near the end of the trip and I was almost broke!
Then I thought fuck it! It looks like a perfect board for small conditions back home.
I was glad to buy it. It only cost me just over £200 and it had only been ridden once by Luke Egan (retired asp surfer). Its a bit battered now but it has been the best grovel board I have ever had. Great for shitty slop in contests!
Mark Webber 6,3. 18 1/2. 2 1/4. S-Core.
I have only ridden this once and didn't really get on with it. It's been sat at home since last year. I should really surf it more, as I feel it could go really well in the right conditions (sucky medium sized waves). Maybe soon I will try it in descent waves, as I have only ridden it in crap waves, which wasn't helping the matter!
Dave Brown 6,2. 19. 2 1/4. Squash Tail.
Out of all my board I ride this one the most. Its my good all round board for the UK. It's really responsive through turns and allows me to surf really loose when its junky! Other than the JS, I get the most speed on this board when the surf isn't great.
It goes well when the waves are onshore as well as when its perfecly offshore and barrelling. I won't ride this board much over 5 ft though as the rocker is real flat and the fins are small, which is good for English waves in the summer.
Dave Brown 6,4. 18 3/4. 2 3/16 Round tail.
This board goes sick when its that little bit bigger. I have used this board when the reefs have been pumping at home. The rails are rounded and thicker which helps when the waves are a little harder to paddle into.
Nick Blair 6,2 1/2. 18 3/4. 2 3/16 Round tail.
I bought this board on the Gold Coast (Australia in) 2008 and it's been ridden in all diffent types of waves. The glassing is a little bit thicker than the usual, therefore is a little heavier, which helps when the waves are more solid. It doesn't really go great in the average slower waves we get here in the UK. But when its hollow and bigger it holds really well off the bottom and in the barrel. Good Indo board!
Quiver 6,2. 19. 2 5/16 Luke Hart (lying horizontal) Squash tail.
Great board for my all round surfing. I havent ridden this board much either. I'm trying to save it for Central America next week. Im a little afraid of snapping it! I have found thats always the case when you find a dream board you end up breaking it at somepoint and it breaks your heart!
Im hoping to get a few more Luke Hart shapes when I get home in April. they are sick boards!
Monday, 8 November 2010
Elusive is a surf clothing company based in Newport wales. They are an independently run surf and lifestyle brand who sponsor UK surfers and contests.
So this post is just a huge thank you to Elusive for supporting and promoting me!
Sunday, 7 November 2010
What we saw was Kelly Slater win the event and world title in style.
It was also rather emotional the fact that Andy passed away last week and Kelly dedicated his triumphant win to Andy and his family.
Monday, 1 November 2010
The usual rivals i.e. Croyde and Woolacombe surf clubs competitors love a bit of social banter. These 2 clubs usually finish 1st and 2nd if not visaversa.
Not this time, this was the ho's! year.
Conditions on saturday were solid and lumpy which made competing difficult as a lot of luck and skill were needed to get some decent scores on the board. I had a bit of a shocker on saturday as every wave I wanted to hook into seemed to close out or go fat, then I spent 10 minutes trying to battle the set waves right on the melon! Luckily the rest of the boys had a stormer on saturday all claiming high scores respectivly.
After day 1 (saturday) we were in the lead by 2 points so we wanted to try and maintain that lead all the way through to the bitter end.
On sunday the swell had dropped off considerably, I surfed a really good heat and fully improved my scores from the saturday which fully helped us win the event!
Better than that I managed to win a free wettie for scoring the highest heat score over the 2 day event, I think I posted a 16.00 out of a possible 20. Stoked!
The contest was obviously a huge success and I hope the swell is good for it next year as the Westward Ho! surf club boys will be all over it again!
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
Throughout the weekend I was able to indulge in some barrel riding and rather close shave near board snapping, which by the way I don't know how I got away with!
I decided to get up fairly early on Saturday morning so I could get a quick session before I and the boys started work. As I arrived around the point it looked pretty amazing, although a little bit of a closeout as the tide was high but ebbing (dropping) and there were large tides this weekend as well. I am working on Croyde beach this month, life guarding at the weekends throughout October. When we started patrolling I was really beginning to over froth watching the waves, which worked as a disadvantage to me, people who surf with me and know me well, when I get too excited I end up surfing worse than when I'm completely relaxed!
For my second surf of the day I was doing a good job of dodging some descent kegs! After about half an hour I started to get the ball rolling and got a couple of bombs that were peaking up way out the back. The bombs consisted of a placid drop in, followed by a build up of speed, set my line and walla.....a nice North Devon Coloured pit! As the tide reached towards low it started to get a little fat as the swell was breaking way out and just rolling all the way through. Until a good hour after the push it started to get sexy again!
The prediction turned out to be accurate as well. As they did forecast the swell to drop off slowly Saturday afternoon onwards.
By that evening it was nearly half the size of the waves I surfed early in the morning, but I couldn't complain at all, as even Sunday afternoon on the pushing tide was awesome. Not in terms of barrels but for fun high performance waves with lush warm sunshine.
Now I'm up to nothing during this week other than sorting out a few bits and bobs for my and Janine's trip it has gone flat as a witches bosom!
The photos above were taken at eleven o'clock on saturday morning just as I was suiting up......I wish I could do it all over again that day, i.e be off all weekend and go surf a few more of the spots that I prefer a bit further south! Yewwwww
Monday, 27 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
It makes me laugh as I have tried the tests on other people, for some it works and others it does not work at all. Which is where the debate begins! Is there real science and technology being ignited into these wonder bracelets or are they just small strips of silver and coloured plastic being mass produced out of China, Taiwan or Thailand!
People say to me "ah Jord its bullshit mate, dunno why you got that crap on" or "I'm not sure if it works for me I just think its all in the head, you know psychological or something" and also "No way, that's amazing how much are they I want one?"! Its also weird that the website hasn't much info about what is Powerbalance? and how does it work? http://www.powerbalance.com/powerbalance Link doesn't say much hey!?
Either way, if I'm living in a fantasy world! It works for me, as I feel confident with it on and I think the Powerbalance band helps my surfing more than before!
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Sunday, 29 August 2010
I told you lot you would hear more about that indo trip with the lads back in the winter.
Thanks goes to Mr Luke parkhouse also Paul Stevens and Josh Talbot for filming for this video.
Hope you guys enjoy it!
By the way I havent been anywhere near the Ocean this Bank Holiday as its been pap! So I shall be having a few beers with the boys and have a chilled weekend.....PEACE!
Friday, 27 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Sunday, 22 August 2010
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