Thought I’d share these photos on the blog and write a little back story about this session. If you scroll down a couple of entries, you’ll actually see one or two of the shots, but I’ve tweaked them a bit using an online photo editor called Picnick and it’s done a pretty good job of it I reckon. Not bad for a freebie!
This was the Saturday, with the 4m swell at 14 seconds and strong southerly winds. As I explained in the post below, Gwithian Beach where these photos were shot is a bit more sheltered from W and especially SW swells than Watergate, Penhale and Fistral, so it doesn’t get the full force. When there’s a 4m swell running, this is a good thing unless you really want to go and take some big drops at Watergate, but during those sessions you don’t get much of a turn in.
Not that I was getting many turns in here, the waves were closing out during the time I was in, but you could tear along as steep a wall as you’d hope to find and then scurry shoreward as the whole thing exploded behind you. The inside ‘shorebreak’ was really thumping down hard, I wonder what would become of someone if they tried to get barrelled in it? Probably a snapped board at the least.
I was impressed with the GoPro in these gloomy conditions, and pleased that the lens stayed dry throughout the whole session. I’m using a Cabrinha Switchblade kite here and the front line split (where you mount the Kitehero) is a quite a way up the lines and so you get this nice aerial perspective, it shows what’s going on with the waves as well as you could hope. Coupled with the Picnick editor it’s a pretty nifty combo!
These were fantastic conditions, and the next day it got even better. Sadly, I wasn’t there the next day, I was were I was in the post below this one, but friends Richard Sills and Paul Sebbings were firing over texts that evening saying it was ‘best ever’ and ‘best kitsurfing session ever’ and so on. The ‘stoke’ factor, and the adrenaline factor, was certainly up there with some of the more exhilerating places I’ve kitesurfed. Isn’t it amazing that we’ve got these toys that can put us into out there into the sea on days like these?