Saturday, 12 January 2019

LOOK BACK

I discovered an old interview that Craig 'Questions' Scott did with me back in 2011. It was never used and has never been published anywhere else.

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Craig had contacted me because he was doing a series of old school articles for one of the UK mags (may have been Sidewalk..) and he wanted to talk to Spex about the Bristol scene. I passed his details on and I know Craig was trying to put together an article with him.

During our correspondence, Craig and I talked a lot and he eventually asked me to also do an interview. I was reluctant because didn't feel I warranted one but he insisted. In the end I think the whole thing fizzled out anyway and Craig only did a couple of articles and never got around to doing one on Spex and Bristol, which is a shame. But I thought I'd post this up here for posterity...

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QUESTIONS QUESTIONS ME...

What was it like growing up and skateboarding in Bristol?

I grew up in Cornwall (didn't move to Bristol until much later). Got hooked on skateboarding first in the 70s, rolled around Watergate Bay when it first opened. Watched the Benji team at a wooden park called 'The Flamingo' (cuz it used to be a dance hall originally). Skated Playing Place and Holywell Bay every weekend. Loads of old spots, too many to mention, Cornwall was very surf influenced and in those early days skateboarding was a natural fit with surfing. But it was skateboarding that really knocked me out and what I soon found myself spending all my time doing.

Watergate Bay, 1977. Pic: Unknown


I know there is a lot of spots and a massive scene in Bristol, tell us about some of the history and who skated what?

I moved to Bristol in the 80s I knew nothing about the skate scene there. I went into Rollermania (the only shop at the time) and they were telling me about Dean Lane skate park in Bedminster and a guy called Spex who ruled it. So I went down there and all the crew were really friendly and welcoming to me. They all skated really well too. Down in Cornwall we had mainly old style concrete bowls so I was used to skating in a style that suited carving. Dean Lane had banks, ramps, inter-connecting bowls, the rhythm run and all sorts of stuff that the Bristol boys had wired. I'd been there every day for about a week and not seen Spex once, but I was quietly impressed by all the other locals.

Dean Lane was built on a steep slope and I remember one night this blur of speed came bombing down through the park, banging massive ollies through the rhythm run before launching a mighty backside bodyjar off the junky metal quarter pipe. That was Spex, and it was instantly obvious why he had such a rep.

Spex f-side ollie Dean Lane
Spex boosting Planet Rock, Dean Lane (great excuse to run this pic). Pic: Pete Litchfield


Ashton Court was long gone by the time I got there, so as far as Bristol skate history goes I only know from the 80s on. But there were still a couple of concrete spots as well as Dean Lane. One of the gnarlier spots was Lockleaze which had a really deep old school pool that was a buzz to ride. St Georges is a mellow carvey sort of spot. There were loads of other little banks and curb setups around the city such as the Nat West banks which had a little handrail at the top.

Can you remember skating with Spex, Die, Yan and all those guys, what was it like?

There was a really excellent crew of skaters that all hung around Dean Lane. Even though Bristol is a fairly large city, at that time Dean Lane was the hub. With Rollermania and Shiners providing the support. Spex was amazing, he never failed to impress. Barney was very stylish, and all the crew had their different styles and strengths.

Yan was classic; one day he came hurtling down the rhythm run, every single turn was sketchy, his feet all over the place and on the edge of slamming every inch of the way down. When he got to the bottom all he said was "Wrong shoes". Along with the Dean Lane regulars there was also the SM5D skate punks who we used to go street skating with, they always had excellent parties.

Die was one of the younger guys who seemed to go from just being average to suddenly being real fugging good overnight! I remember being in the Pink Palace (a great indoor mini-ramp just off Park St mainly built by Vern) and I was standing on the platform chatting to Spex while Die dropped in from the other platform and he blasted a frontside stalefish right in my face and I'm 6'2"!

Who were the most influential skateboarders at that time to you?

I dug a few of the 'name' skaters particularly Chris Miller and I always really liked Lucero for some reason. But actually it was the people around me that made an impression. I know I keep rattling on about him, but Spex was probably the biggest influence. He's not only a good skateboarder, he's a great person with a really good outlook on life, we shared a flat for a while and we still see each other regularly. Also there was a skater in Cornwall called Paddy Best, who really pushed me to skate vert mainly at Crantock cuz the one thing Bristol lacked at that time was a vert ramp.

When the rebirth of Skateboard! magazine came around you scored the cover of the first issue! How did it feel seeing it? Can you remember that session when the photo was taken?

80s Skateboard! first issue
Skateboard! magazine, Session 1 July 1988. Pic: Paul Duffy


Yeah that was fairly ace! Of course I loved getting the cover pic as it was really my one and only 15 minutes of fame moment. Skane had recently relaunched Skateboard! and had got together a load of really good skaters for a weekend of skating in Bristol. There was Dan-z, Gary Lee, Dave Davies, plus all the Bristol crew along with photographer Paul Duffy, so basically lots of skaters who were all much better than me. We had a blast skating all over Bristol. The shot they used was taken when we were just mucking about in a little bowl section at the bottom of the snake run at Bedminster, we had all our pads on cuz we'd been sessioning the metal pipe. I was doing a kicked out sweeper and Duffy was snapping away. It was a total surprise to me when Skane told me just before the mag came out that I was on the cover. I'm sure there were lots of shots from that weekend that were a lot more rad, but thinking about it now, I guess that was Skane's thing, he was always looking for a slightly different angle.

What was working for Skateboard! like, tell us what it involved doing?

Skateboard! had already been going for a few issues and frankly I wasn't that impressed with it. I think they were still finding their feet and trying to work out their position in comparison to RAD which had undergone a total revamp.

Skane lived in  Bristol, one day I was chatting with him and out of the blue he asked me what I'd ideally like to be doing. Without any hesitation I said my dream job would be Art Director for a skate mag (in my mind I had a secret fantasy about working at Transworld or Poweredge in California). Skane practically offered me the job right there, which I wasn't expecting at all, but it suddenly made perfect sense, I was a skater and a designer so why not combine the two.

I moved up to London and started working on the mag - it was great fun. Sifting through thousands of slides, working with Skane and Meany and loads of cool photographers like Duffy, Frankie Shea, Pete Litchfield etc. Dreaming up cover designs and laying out articles. I was the 'Art Dept' so I designed and produced layouts for the whole magazine and often it was hectic cuz we were relying on skaters most of the time for copy, images and ads etc and they weren't the most reliable or efficient when it came to deadlines. But I loved it and I got to meet a lot of London skaters and skate all the spots. Crouch End ramp, Latymer Rd, Chingford, I liked going fast through the corners at Kennington, Meanwhile 2 and my fave which was Gladstone Park Pool in Neasden. I remember skating that at midnight on Midsummers Day in 1989 on my own under a full moon.

Skane was a bit of an eccentric character and had a particular way of looking at things, but his heart was in the right place and he'd been a skateboarder himself back in the 70s. He had a tendency toward the technical side but I think his main strength was his ability to look beyond the status quo. He really liked to mix things up, and he made a point about doing stories from all over the UK. He also went beyond that with features about different scenes across Europe and he did a whole issue about Brazil.

I know you were part of the test team, explain a bit about it.

Skaney was big on 'product testing'. Often mags will do that stuff to encourage advertising, ie: "we'll run editorial on your proddy - in exchange you buy ad space in our mag". But in his case I think Skane genuinely enjoyed doing all that analyst shit. I think it was Sketchy zine that did a brilliant piss-take of a Skane type product test on a Bic biro, right down to detailed measurements of the little hole in the plastic at the top of the pen.

Anyway Skane ended up with a lot of skateboard goodies at his disposal. He was quite discerning about it and gave some to the skaters who hung around the office in London, such as Morbid etc. But as he was based in Bristol he ended up handing out decks, wheels and trucks at Dean Lane and all we had to do in return was give him some critical feedback. I don't remember there ever being an official 'test team' but I do know that I got enough gear to keep me rolling for a few years. I think there were a few pics of me in the mag 'testing' gear.

Over the years many people have passed through Bristol. Jesse Martinez, Eric Dressen, the Gonz and a whole host of others. What’s been the most memorable?

Yeah, there was a period when it seemed like there were quite a few visiting pros. Tony Coffey from Rollermania, played a big part in the Bristol scene in those days and had some connections and bought them over. They were all rad in their own ways, but I remember Natas made quite an impression because he was at the top of his game at the time and probably because the terrain at Dean Lane suited his style. He went big everywhere and he was very smooth and hardly ever bailed. The Gonz was the Gonz, very unique, very individual.

The Venice boys were gnarlier, more hell-for-leather type characters, they ripped on Planet Rock - which was more like a mutant shore dump wave than a skatepark bank. There was a good session with them up at Lockleaze where Skane got a classic shot of JT, Hartsell and Danforth doing simultaneous front rocks on a sketchy quarterpipe. Cardiel was a maniac too, he did a huge ollie across the bowls that I'd never seen anyone even attempt before. I also remember that guy Ged Wells from Insane coming to Bedminster and skating really well down in the halfpipe, which was incredibly tight and steep and not at all easy to ride.

I know all the Venice guys passed through in '88. What was that like? I heard it got out of hand!

That was interesting. I'd come from Cornwall where the skate style was surfy and cruisey, then in Bristol I had my eyes opened by the more street and park style skating that the Bristol boys did. The Venice guys took that to another level, they had a much harder edge to their style, there was a definite hardcore vibe about them. For instance we were street skating one night with Dressen, charging down a hill, doing ollies and slides etc when a car came around the corner and Dressen actually collided with it. Our default reaction would have been to skate off in the other direction (skating in the city at night you learnt to avoid confrontation as some of the 'towners' could turn nasty). But Dressen immediately picked up his board and started swinging it at the car, putting a nice dent in the side before we legged it down a side street. That told me something about where he was at.

Jesse Martinez was also larger than life, a great character. We were drinking in The Lion in Clifton Wood and he was full of stories about the scrapes he got into back in Venice. After closing time we went to a club in town and carried on necking beers while Jesse held court. I'm not sure what started it, but next thing I knew there was a bit of argy-bargy with somebody at the bar and Jesse leapt into action. He grabbed a pool cue out of somebody's hand, snapped it in two and started swinging the ends around as if they were nunchucks and he was trying to take on the whole club! Bedlam ruled until the bouncers got involved and we all ended up being booted out into the street. Jesse Martinez just took it all in his stride, one minute he was chatting and laughing, the next he was a raging psycho and then in the blink of an eye he was calm again and looking for another bar to carry on the session.

Tell us about the Bedminster scene and locals.

That park was 'home' to me for quite a few years, wasted way too much time there. Because no matter what time of day or night there was always someone to session with. Too many names to mention and I'd hate to leave anyone out, but there were all sorts of people; punks, crustys, surfers, layabouts, kids still in school, students, other guys working manual jobs etc, etc. But it was never an issue, everyone just skated together it was a cool little scene.

We'd skate all over Bristol, not just Bedminster. St Georges was always fun. Night time NCP curb sessions. Mini-ramp gatherings at the squats. One Sunday morning Spex took us to Nugent Hill, which is a seriously steep hill. It was the sort of hill where you just step onto your board and immediately start accelerating, it was like a ski-jump! The rest of us were doing wide zig-zag slides to try and burn off the speed. But Spex runs from the brow of the hill, throws down his board and adds some giant pushes just to really get himself motoring. He was absolutely tearing down this hill for about 50 metres and then he threw himself into a full four wheel backside drifter. I'd never seen anyone do that before, frontside, yes, backside never. And certainly not at that speed on that incline. He was going so fast that he was literally gliding down the hill sideways, the rest of us were doing these farty little slides and stopping in our tracks, whilst Spex was a mile away at the bottom of the hill going backwards at warp speed!

What was your favourite era of skateboarding and why?

That's a really hard question. Talking about Dean Lane in the 80s reminds me how much I loved those times. I made a lot of great friends, I was probably skating every single day and getting paid to look at skate pictures for my job!

But despite that I'm gonna show my age here and opt for the era when I first discovered skateboarding back in the late 70s. Why? Because it struck me like a lightning bolt, it got deep into my soul, it shaped me, and it made me feel fuckin rad! And if something makes you feel like that you never forget it.

Is there anything you miss about the old days?

Apart from my hair. Not really, cuz once you get the bug you're hooked and even though I don't skate as much these days and as cheesy as it sounds I can't change being a sk8r-4-life.

I know now you run a really good blog (kernowkalling.blogspot.com) and surf a lot. What else takes your days up?

Well I'm still a graphic designer which is what I do to pay the bills. I'm surfing as much as I can and I've got a family that I love to spend time with. I guess ultimately I do all sorts of things to try and grow old disgracefully.

Can you finish us off with one last memory?

Davey Philip, indy to nosepicker across the channel at Mon's ramp. He picked his nose but he didn't eat it!

Thanks Sqeez, it's been rad.

Interview by Craig 'Questions' Scott, December 2011

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

RIP GINCHY - Saturday 21st July 2018


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I met Milky that morning as I was going out for a surf at Godrevy. He told me Paul had died in the early hours. It was a hammer blow. I was shocked, stunned and instantly conflicted - I really didn't feel like surfing but after to-ing and fro-ing on the shoreline for five minutes, I decided to paddle out anyway..

It was the worst surf I've ever had.

The worst because I was upset and distracted and overcome by grief. My mind was spinning with thoughts of Ginch. I swore, I sobbed, I shouted in frustration that he'd drawn his last breath while the rest of us could carry on living life. I was sad for Jenny and his daughters, all his family.

Maybe being in the surf was the best place for me to process this. On dry land I'd be a mess, pacing up and down, agitated and confused, not knowing what to do with myself. Being in the sea at Godrevy, on my board, was probably the best place I could have been. Every wave, every ride, every splash, every paddle-stroke was with Paul by my side.

I certainly couldn't call it a good session but it was the best I could do that day.

Monday, 30 July 2018

MID-TIDE CRISIS

I need some positivity.

It feels like there are too many people happily losing the plot. Too many people gleefully embracing fear and hatred.

It's official - ignorance is bliss.

And personally, there's way too much pain & sadness happening... Friends losing their minds, friends ending their relationships, friends sinking into depression, friends dying! Friends of mine actually fucking dying!

Light and shade, good and bad, up and down. Can't have one without the other, as simple as night and day.

I know that.

I also know it's facile to draw an analogy between the harsh realities of life & death with something as pointless and selfish as surfing. But it helps me process this stuff.

At the moment I'm fed up with being caught inside, continually hammered by the sets, tumbled in the whitewater, not knowing which way is up or down. I can't wait to be out the back again, catching the wave of the day, gliding and sliding with a big smile on my face.

And getting through all this shit is just another mid-tide crisis.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

FIN

Having ridden the same 9" squirrel tail fin in my longboard for over 10 years I felt it was about time for a change.

Lately I've been surfing a lot with my 17yr old son, who has a very clear idea of the kind of surfing he wants to do. He is all about the trad style with a mix of old school colouring and a layer of youthful flair.

Watching him surf has inspired me to start thinking again about what I do on a wave. The squirrel tail is a very good allrounder - quick to turn, decent drive and enough rudder to hold a noseride if you're nimble and the wave is 'just right'. But it felt like my surfing was a little stagnant and this in turn pushed me to pop out the old squirrel tail and slot in a 10" Josh Farberow Flex by Trueames.

Wow, everything changed instantly. It feels like my 13 year old log is brand new. It rides so differently. Grippy and solid for cross-steps, yet still enough flex to squirt some drive when the wave jacks up and a quick redirect is required.

It's all about the fin!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

WHY I'M NOT A 'SURFER'

I started skating in '76, surfing in '79. And even though the two were supposed to be closely related, it was crystal clear to me where the real style was...

80s surfers Japan (Don't ever call me a surfer.)
80s pro surfers, Niijima island, Japan. Pic: Tom Carroll

Click pic for way too much detail...

Monday, 8 January 2018

NEW SCRIBBLINGS

Buzzing with ideas this year..

penhale - chapel porth
Retro-ish typography for your local spot - why not?

porthtowan to the bluff

You can see some similar stuff here.

Monday, 1 January 2018

COMING THIS YEAR...

Gonna be revealing some nice stuff this year..

Coming soon...

Sunday, 3 December 2017

DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK

A bluey-green theme with this batch..

Cealan in the Blue Room - ready to start shaping...

Number 81 (but that '8' looks upsidedown to me ...)

chipshopmisty
Early-morning Chip Shop mist

Clifton Lido
The amazing Clifton Lido

Northcliffs cornwall
Beloved North Cliffs

Modernist Stepset

BlueVans
New blue Treads

Sunday, 1 October 2017

OCTOBER 2017 RANDUMBS

How can we tell what is true? - According to information theorists if there is more than one person involved in an event then certainty can no longer be guaranteed. That's right, anything that involves two or more humans can be interpreted, remembered and recorded in totally different ways. There truly are two sides to every story. But what happens when one person persists in re-telling every story with themselves cast as the central character, maintaining that only their viewpoint can be the truth?

Easy to be a fool - choose either to believe what isn't true or refuse to believe what is true. (Kierkegaard)

It is the peculiar quality of a fool - to perceive the faults of others and forget his own. (Cicero)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

CIAO ITALIA!


posta
Posta

no bugles!
No bugling!

steel pines
Piney stars

road sign
Significa

junky
Rusty junk door

mountain path
Mountain path

long way down
Long way down

tiny trees
Tiny piney trees

mountain meadow
Mountain meadow

woody envy
Woodpile envy

plaza local
La Plaza

blue green mountain lake
Mountain lake

Thursday, 3 August 2017

AUGUST'S VERY RANDUMBS

Nasty taste in the mouth after tonight's surf - It had nothing to do with the water quality but a lot to do with self-entitlement and arrogance. Lately I'm noticing an ugly increase in obnoxious attitudes at certain beaches here in Cornwall. And it's always the more affluent locations that display this shitty, self-congratulatory, exclusive, smug behaviour. It really sucks.

Kook - a state of mind, nothing to do with ability (see above).

Kindness - “My religion is very simple. This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. My religion is kindness” - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Sunday, 25 June 2017

JUNE 2017 RANDUMBS

Hope I die before I get old - Nobody likes getting older. It's a slow fade and the length of the dissolve is relative to how brightly you burn before you turn 33 (the age Jesus died).

Music - After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Aldous Huxley

Words - Give thanks for the dreamers and writers, without books life would be so, so different.

New wave - Every wave I've ever ridden has been different, yet my surfboard has remained unchanged for about 10 years. Might be time ...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

BOOK EXCHANGE

I am TOTALLY down with this - every couple of weeks I stop by, and do some literary swapping..

local book exchange in phone box
Bookswap


local telephone/book exchange
Local neighbourhood library

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

PIXING


Signify

Local library

Barbarian

Something old..

Something new...

Hidden hut

Tanked up

Primitive

Thursday, 9 February 2017

FEB_RANDOMS

Teenagers - I love hearing my kids laugh. They're sixteen, and they do a lot of laughing and having fun, that's what teenagers are really good at; having fun.

Bendy - Started doing some yoga - Like anything worth doing, it ain't easy, but God it feels so good! It's how I imagine getting into Jazz must be - the more you listen the more you realise there's a hell of a lot more going on...

Turning Japanese - I've got a deep, deep hankering to visit Japan. A good friend lives on Okinawa, so I'm putting pennies in a jar with the aim of getting over there someday.

Swimming upstream - It feels vital to follow the advice of Bernice King (Daughter of Martin Luther King) which can be summed up as "Don't engage in hate - be positive; anger and fear is the soil from which darkness will grow"

Friday, 14 October 2016

ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC?


telecaster
Good friend Johnny Stingray has lent us a Fender Telecaster for the darkening nights.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

SEPTEMBER ENDER RANDUMBS

Been thinking about family lines a bit lately...

My paternal Grandfather - Always wore a suit, nearly always with a bow-tie (unless he was just staying indoors for the afternoon, in which case he'd forgo the bow). He didn't like shaving so carried a modified bulldog clip and would pluck out his whiskers at spare moments throughout the day.

My paternal Grandmother - She would swear at us kids in Swahili when we got on her nerves.

My paternal Grandfather - He used to write to me in Morse Code - long hand-written pages of dots and dashes. It takes dozens of pages to write a letter in Morse. -... . .-.. .. . ...- . / -- .

My maternal Grandmother - She would always correct my pronunciation.
"Not 'Yeah"... the word is pronounced 'YESsss!".
But she still had baked beans in her cupboard from about 1950 so I didn't take her that seriously.

My maternal Grandfather - A brown Rover 3500 was his pride and joy - if we were good he'd let us sit in the front, at all other times we were strictly backseat citizens.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

SNAPZ


roughtor
Roughtor

wet hangs
Family hang

kynance
Kynance sparkle

roamyhomey
Roam-a-home

bigsky
Big sky

Saturday, 3 September 2016

GOIN' LEFT - the story of a wave


..go very left.


Me and Stu went for an early one - it was a decent sized swell, coupled with very strong southerly winds. Which left us with only a couple of sheltered options. We scoped a spot and decided to go for it.

The paddle out was the usual Cornish-beachy-at-size slog, and there was a sweeping rip to the north, so any loitering in the line-up resulted in a drift up the beach requiring another head-down, salty-eyed paddle against the wind to get back in position.

The waves were overhead, but it soon became apparent that only one or two waves in each set were actually peaking & peeling while the rest of the them were top-to-bottom closeouts.

We both snagged a couple of good ones and then as the tide dropped out and the waves got even steeper we noticed a particular bank start firing - the wave was jacking up in exactly the same spot each time and doing as good an impression of a left-hand reef break as you'll see on our local beaches. The shoulder lurching up, spitting out a crest of whitewater and then scooping out into a rapid, peeling left across the sandbank.

The wind was a challenge though, because unless you were right under the lip and right on the peak, it would gust up the wave face so hard that it lifted the nose of the board, stalling you in the lip - frustrating...

The only option was to sit deeper and have faith that the offshore would hold up the wave and allow enough time to get in.

A set rolled through, the lip already feathering as I decided to go for it. Luck was on my side as this one stayed open, and I stroked down the face feeling the momentum shift as the wave folded over and knew I was in.

Then it got interesting. It was really steep, and as I looked down the line all I could see was a near vertical wall of dark green water ahead of my left shoulder with no sign of any tapering wall beyond it. (Note: I'm a regular foot) But it didn't feel like a close-out somehow, and I certainly didn't have time to straighten out. So the only option was to drive on.

I'm definitely not confident on my backhand when it gets steep, so I dropped the back knee, grabbed my outside rail and leaned down on the nose to try and accelerate around the corner before that thing dumped on my head. But the wave was still lifting itself up on the bank and I had a long way to go before I was anywhere near a bottom turn. So I just held fast and hoped for a good outcome.

Because I'd thrown my weight forward and the wave face was now going beyond vertical I felt the fins break free and the tail started slipping and skipping about... This was where a facet of board design that I've always believed to be absolutely key really came into play - it was the rail that was now doing the bulk of the work keeping me and the board going across the face. If you need visual proof, watch Ben Thouard's beautiful underwater footage here. Clearly shows how important your rails are.

Luckily, despite the fins slipping out, the rail bit in and I managed to hold on until the wave caught up with itself and I made it out onto the face.

Beginning to really enjoy goin' left these days.

Friday, 2 September 2016

SUMMER'S END


end of summer
Bye bye, see y'all next year. Safe trip home...

Friday, 12 August 2016

CLOUDLINES

These clouds caught my eye - made me think there might be something going on with the waves right now.

So I took a look, but nothing doing...


cloudlines
Crazy clouds pretending to be swell lines.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

SUNDAY RAMBLES

I really like summer - I get an evil little thrill out of seeing all those terrible tattoos that spend the majority of the year hidden from view.

The good doctor - Hunter S Thompson was the undisputed King of Gonzo - but above and beyond all the madness he was an excellent journalist. Read 'Gonzo Papers, Vol. 1: The Great Shark Hunt' for some of his brilliant essays and articles from the 60s & 70s. I can only begin to imagine what he would have to say about the state of world politics today.

The yin & yang of surfdom - Had another pleasant dawny with Stu and Cealan yesterday. Summer surfing is just so easy (apart from the damn parking - hence doing the dawnys). Warm water, light wetsuits & fun waves all lull me into a sense of well-being. But summer also increases the kook count - part of why I started surfing in the first place was to get away from these people. Now they're clogging up the waves. Light and shade, good and bad, the yin and yang... continuing to seek balance.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

IN THEIR OWN TIME

The kids have always been beach babies - riding their first waves at the age of 4.

4yr old Cealan surfing
C 2004 ....


4yr old Tyde surfing
T 2004 ....

And we've all done maximum beach-time every summer since.

But despite [or maybe because of] me kind of pushing them both to paddle out the back they were only ever really interested in playing in the surf on their own terms; ie for fun!

Which, of-course is the way it should always be & ultimately I was totally happy with that. But a small part of me wondered if they would ever get 'into' surfing..

Over the next few years we all continued to hit the beach regularly; swimming, surfing, boogie-boarding etc and always having great fun. And T & C both found their own buzz - playing all kinds of sports and enjoying tons of activities with Tyde becoming a top 4X & MTB rider and Cealan playing rugby at County level.


Tyde 4x
T 2014 ....

Then at the beginning of this year as we kicked off with a run of perfect S Coast swell for a week over Xmas & New Year, Cealan suddenly found his groove in the water.

Cealan surfing Swanpool
C 2016 .... (Photo - Rob P)

Now he's totally up for it - if there's any hint of a wave, he's there.

No need to rush, what will be will be.