Wednesday, 26 May 2010


pt lefts
I love the sound of breaking glass.

backside bowl
Aiming for a backside cover-up.

E.G.O.S = (Evening glass-off session)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010


v blue skies
Wow! What an amazing run of weather; sun, warmth & the bluest skies... and a few waves too!

Monday, 24 May 2010


Last Thursday night was good!

Real good!

Thursday, 20 May 2010


high tide badger
Local neglects to check tide-tables before going for morning stroll on beach.


Monday, 17 May 2010


playingplace carve
Front pump.

Just been given these old snaps of the much younger me skating the bowl at Playing Place. This was in the days before Patrick Best and Andrew Garner built the infamous extension, so I'm guessing it's either 77 or 78. On a Dogown Red Dog - Jim Muir, looks like Trackers, Green Kryps and a home-made tail saver.

air at playingplace
Front punt.

Photos courtesy: Andrew Garner

Friday, 14 May 2010


carn marth pano
I can see my house from up here. Clicky pic to go bigger

Thursday, 13 May 2010



Check the forecast and it's saying 3-4ft at 13 seconds. Alright!

What are the winds doing? Light SE but building to 15-20mph and swinging south westerly later. Have to get in sooner rather than later then...

Check the tides - low at 8.50am and it's a big one at 6.9m, so aim for mid-tide on the push.

Which board, the new 8'6 or the 9'0 Skinny? Lovin' the Slide Projector at the moment - so stick with that.

Load up, get gas on the way - 30 quid hardly nudges the needle past half-way. Get to the beach, how many out? A quick scan of the line up reveals at least 15 already in and half a dozen more cars pulling into the carpark.

Suit on in just over one minute. Paddle out, catch a couple.

Whoah! Big set looming, scratch over the first. Damn, at least another 5 or 6 behind, just manage to punch through the second. C'mon, dig deep and ten or twenty hard strokes will sort it.

One and a half hours later and a dozen good rides, time to head in.
Today the numbers all added up, a good session. Go home happy.

Based on a true story.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


bigger splash
David Hockney put in plenty of hours studying water.

So as the UK political landscape changes colour to blue with a splash of yellow...

(At least it gives me an excuse to admire Hockney's view of a Californian swimming pool painted in 1967)

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


Experiencing one of the first thrills of living dangerously...

Thursday, 6 May 2010


chris hines
Chris Hines with his trusty 7'2. Photo: Andy Hughes

Journalist, campaigner, environmentalist, media presenter, motivational speaker, inspirational thinker and of-course, last but definitely not least, surfer. Chris's love affair with the sea has taken him from being more than just a participant to dedicating his life to making not only the ocean, but the environment as a whole something we can all enjoy for many generations to come.

When did you become aware of surfing?

My folks first took me to Widemouth when I was a couple of months old. Earliest memories are from when I was about 4/5 and I had my own wooden bellyboard by age 6! First proper board aged 12. There was a great surfing book in Tavistock School library and I used to always read it in library session!

Can you remember catching your first green wave?

Think my first green wave was during an epic 5 hour session when I was 13 at Sennen. Just pushing out and catching small inside waves and one suddenly reformed...

I know you try and get in the water as much as possible, just what exactly is it that keeps you coming back for more?

Being in the water, one decent wave and it's been a good session. That interaction with natural energy and the environment. Being away from the pressure of normal life. Importantly, every day has something and even if it's not great surf then remember that you could be a member of the Bosnian surf team at which point 2 ft onshore mush would be the best day of the decade!

backside cover up
Going for a backside cover up! Photo: Andy Hughes

Tuesday, 4 May 2010


beachside coffee
Post-surf coffee anyone?

The C-Bay crew know how to do it!