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17Mar/16Off

Winter In Brandon Bay w. Finn Mellon

As if by some merry coincidence, Brandon Bay local, Finn Mellon sent us in this clip of his winter months at home. We hear that it’s been one of the best seasons in a long time, thanks El Niño, and Finn has been scoring session after session. So if you can hack the cold and […]

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25Nov/15Off

BRANDON BAY 2015

BRANDON BAY 2015

BRANDON BAY 2015

BRANDON BAY 2015
Short video from a two week windsurfing trip to Brandon Bay in Ireland this october. We didn’t get as much wind as we wished for, but Kerry’s stunning nature and all the nice people we met made the visit a great experience anyhow. And when the wind and waves finally arrived we had some of the best windsurfing days ever.

The place comes highly recommended for anyone who enjoys water activites or hiking in beatiful surroundings. Or just whish to have a perfect pint of Guinness in the famous Spillane’s bar.

Shot in 4K on Panasonic DMC-LX100 and DJI Phantom 3 Professional, and in 1080P on Canon EOS 550D.

Music in order of appearance: Teardrop by Massive Attack and Everloving by Moby.

Via 
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4Nov/13Off

TEST WAVE-SUPS (120-140 liters)

Most people start supping on 150+ liter boards and as you get more stoked of wavesupping, downsizing is the first step to get the shortboard-feeling and make the next step in your personal sup-development. As we had our trip to Brandon Bay planned, I decided to setup a test-format, just to give all people who are thinking of downsizing some insights. All ‘test-pilots’ are more or less ‘experienced’ suppers who just downsized on their sups, riding their second or third sup after starting the sport.

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Pic by Zuke van Ingen. Location: Coumeenole beach, Slea Head.

Conditions

Our location was Brandon Bay in the southwest of Ireland with a lot of spots within an hour drive. Test-conditions were great, varying from choppy almost impossible to sup double-overhead at Slea Head to glassy waisthigh on Dumps. The biggest thrill we had took place on two spots. Inch Reef, a famous point break that worked wonderfully with rides up to 250m in overhead-waves and on Three Peaks, with the same size waves, three great clean A-frames next to each other.

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Boards

We had 5 boards in our test as we own the board ourselves. We also had some testsups but they were not in our testrange except for the SB Widepoint 8’2″ but as we already have the SB Pocket Rocket we decided to stick to the other boards.  Maybe some experiences on the other sups will follow later or in the comments below. Our boards were; Starboard Pocket Rocket , Hobie 8’11″RAW  , Coreban Vibe 8’0″ , Sailboards Tarifa Solo Wave 8’3″ and a  Naish Hokua 9,5 , follow the links to find the specs on the websites of the different brands. As we’re not a professional testteam, we switched boards, gave it our first opinion and feel, not with the ambition to be as objective as possible but just by describing our first connection with the boards and shout out some one liners. As you can see in the pic below we made remarks on a couple of characteristics we considered to be interesting to you, just to get an image on the feeling of the board. We could add a description of each board but since all those information is provided on the websites above, we just stic to our experiences. All the boards are well-built and carbon is lighter compared to wood, we think monoconcave is  more useful compared to doubleconcave and thin rails grip better than thick rails but hey, it’s about the feeling….

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Stability as its one of the frustrating factors if you just can’t keep your balance and keep falling in. As stability is something you get used to as your body needs time to adapt, the remarks we made are based on our first experience stepping on the board and paddling out. As bigger boards have more Glide, smaller boards need glide to paddle with the wave and  simply catch more waves when you’re not exactly at the right spot.  Speed is something you experience when on the wave, feeling the board accelerate and giving you the feeling of going fast. Maneuverability and Looseness are different characteristics as some of the boards need some power to carve them into any carve you want (like the Hobie) others are loose (Coreban Vibe) but loose some precision in the turns. Tracking is handy when paddling back to the line-up but also when catching waves as  it’s easier to catch a wave making 3 strokes without turning then less. Last of course, does the board make you happy? And just because of that strong feeling, we added Joy and Accesability.

Test results

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Our verdict

SB Pocket Rocket (2 and 1): Nice and easy acces to your first shortsup, stable and easy to catch waves.

Coreban Vibe (Quad): Party board when on the wave, very alive but you have to be on the right spot to catch a wave.

Hobie RAW (Thruster): Get a wide stance and carve snowboardstyle, fast and precise.

ST Solo Wave (Thruster): Easy accessible and very stable, quad-setup would probably make it more loose.

Naish Hokua (2 and 1): Despite its volume of 140l, very alive due to the thin rails and more radical as you would expect.

General conclusions

Our first conclusion is a dilemma; to get the best shortboard-feeling it’s impossible not to make compromises. Our second conclusion is that fin-setup can make a huge difference and you can change the behavior of a board almost completely. So, once you get to know your board with the standardfins in the middle position, get yourself some extra fins as a birthday-present and feel the differences (FCS has some great information on fin-technology on their website). Our last conclusion is more of an advice as we experienced the following: volume is not directly connected to stability. As you get better you’ll probably end up with a board exactly in balance with your bodyweight. The tail of the board will be under water and the board will be less infuenced by sidechop, which is usually the balance-killer. You will be able to use the board not only in superclean conditions but much more often and still have a board that is loose, fast and a joy to ride. With my weight of 88 kg, the final volume will be between 114-120 liters with a width of around 29″-30″ and a length of about 8’5″. In cleaner conditions smaller is possible.

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Mahalo, and enjoy your TOW!

 

 

 

 

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6Jun/13Off

#326 ON SALE NOW

#326 ON SALE NOW

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ICE AGE – PATAGONIAN ADVENTURES


The June 2013 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language magazine is out now! Get ready for summer with inspirational features to get your season rocking – grab your copy by App now or the Print version in the shops soon!


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WHAT’S INSIDE?

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ICE AGE
JC and the ‘Heading South’ movie crew adventure continues as the team score stunning sailing action in front of giant Patagonian glaciers!

 

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MARSHALL LAW
Eric Berentsen tells tales of blood, gore and barreling tradewind-fanned waves on a trip with Kevin Pritchard, Keith Teboul, Brawzinho and Bernd Roediger to Micronesia’s Marshall Islands.

 

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CORNISH GROWLERS
The Cornish call a pasty a Growler, but JC and Ross Williams devoured an altogether different flavour of meaty West Country morsel.

 

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TESTED
Our new-look testing program took the latest 140-150L freeride boards and 6.5 no-cam freeride sails into some challenging real world UK conditions.

THE BOARDS LINE-UP
Starboard Carve 141 (Wood), Naish GT Sport 140, RRD Firemove 130 (LTD), Goya One 144 (PRO), Tabou Rocket 145 (LTD) & Fanatic Shark 150 (LTD)

THE SAILS LINE-UP
Naish Rally 6.4, Severne Gator 6.5, Tushingham Concept 6.5, North Natural 6.6, Gaastra Matrix 6.5, Goya Nexus 6.4 & RRD Evolution 6.4

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PWA SEASON KICK-OFF
John Carter was on location for the opening freestyle and slalom events of the year in Austria and Korea.

 

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The inside line from the opening two events of the British Wavesailing Association Tour

 

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TECHNIQUE
Harty assess what it takes to become an effective self coach and Cribby explains that fin choice needn’t be rocket science


SPAIN AND CANARIES TRAVEL GUIDE
Top tips and inside info on the best places to visit for your summer holiday fix.


PLUS

Thought-provoking columns with pre-season thoughts from Jamie Hancock, Robby Swift on the DLG movie project, Harty paying tribute to Mikey Clancy and the Editor ranting on about how much he wants surf slalom to make a comeback! Chuck in all the latest products, a summer accessories guide and all the most-important news, unless it’s windy all month (and we hope it is!) you should be kept busy enough until next time!

PRINT & DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS available HERE or via subs@arcwind.co.uk

 

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28May/13Off

BWA IRELAND 2013 GALLERY

BWA IRELAND 2013 GALLERY

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Here is Dave White’s final day gallery of images from the 2013 British Wavesailing Association (BWA) Round 2 event at Brandon Bay, Ireland, won by Ross Williams and Lucy Robson.

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BWA Sponsors pool:
RRD, Ezzy, Flying Objects
Hotsails
Starboard, Tushingham, Aeron
JP, NeilPryde, NPSurf
Simmer, Simmerstyle, O’shea
Fanatic, North, ION
Goya
Tabou, Gaastra, Vandal.
Spartan
Black Project
MaverX
Flymount
No limitz
Weendy
Big Salty
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Event Sponsors
Funsport – Wales
Puravida – Wales & Ireland
Jamie Knox Watersports – Ireland
Spillanes – Ireland
Kathleen McAuliffe – Ireland
Kerry Sail Co – Ireland
Stena Line – Ireland
Crean’s Brewery – Ireland

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21May/13Off

BWA IRELAND 2013 | DAY 1 GALLERY

BWA IRELAND 2013 | DAY 1 GALLERY

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Dave White took these images capturing all the atmosphere and action on the first day of the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) 2013 Round 2 event at Brandon Bay in Ireland.

Day was called as a lay-day with some more wind and waves possibly on-the-cards before the finish on Friday 24th.


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BWA Sponsors pool:
RRD, Ezzy, Flying Objects
Hotsails
Starboard, Tushingham, Aeron
JP, NeilPryde, NPSurf
Simmer, Simmerstyle, O’shea
Fanatic, North, ION
Goya
Tabou, Gaastra, Vandal.
Spartan
Black Project
MaverX
Flymount
No limitz
Weendy
Big Salty
Sufadviser

Event Sponsors
Funsport – Wales
Puravida – Wales & Ireland
Jamie Knox Watersports – Ireland
Spillanes – Ireland
Kathleen McAuliffe – Ireland
Kerry Sail Co – Ireland
Stena Line – Ireland
Crean’s Brewery – Ireland

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5Feb/13Off

Students, GetWindsurfing in Ireland

GETWINDSURFING Student Special Ireland 2013!!!

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GetWindsurfing in Ireland

“Join us for an amazing trip to famous Brandon Bay in South West Ireland for a week of windsurfing and other epic watersports.

Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced wanting to jump higher, ride harder and just generally have an awesome time Ireland is a great place to come. The scenery is beautiful, the people super friendly and welcoming, and of course the food and drink well worth the trip too!

So, tell me more I hear you say!!!

When: 24th June – 30th June

(straight on from Beach Break Live for all those heading that way, for those who are not feel free to come over on the 23rd for a cheeky extra day!)

What? : 5 days windsurf coaching with Phil and Danielle from Getwindsurfing, or Jamie Knox for the beginners, 7 nights in a beautiful self catered cottage right next to famous Spillanes Bar….(so close its scary!) and a free surf lesson to all those renting equipment from Jamie Knox, and just 10€ per person for everyone else.

Where: The dingle peninsular, Kerry, South West Ireland.

How do I get there? : The best way to head across to Ireland is with Stena Line, they run ferries from the UK to various Irish ports. Check out their website here for more information. 

Why? : So many people travel away from the UK and Ireland every summer to windsurf when we have such epic locations on our doorstep!

-Ireland is world famous for its conditions and the Dingle Peninsular has great conditions for all abilities and wind and swell conditions..there is always an option.

-With Phil and Danielle from Getwindsurfing on hand for coaching you can really get the most out of your trip.

-Jamie Knox Watersports is situated perfectly to help with kit rental for windsurfing, SUPing and surfing, as well as having a great shop to grab some new windsurf and watersports toys! Jamie will be teaching the beginners too and with so much experience in this location he is definitely going to get you out there loving  windsurfing in Ireland!

-June will be good temperatures to make the most out of what we are so lucky to have so close by….you know you want to come and check it out!

-Last but by no means least, the Guinness is pretty amazing too!

Prices:

Beginners : £330 includes kit, tuition (5 full days), accommodation

Intermediates and Advanced renting equipment : £420 includes kit tuition (2-3 hrs a day) and accom.

Intermediates with private kit : £260 (safety boat included) includes safety cover on all coaching days, tuition (2-3 hrs a day) and accom.

Advanced with private kit : £250 includes tuition (2-3hrs a day) and accom

Single supplement will apply for those not wishing to share a room, limited spaces available.

Any questions, please email getwindsurfing@gmail.com or call Danielle on 07814536372

 

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31Jan/13Off

Red Bull Storm Chase – Mission 1: Video 1

It was windier than expected with gusts of up to 74 knots. Watch the highlight clip of the first mission in Ireland.

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31Jan/13Off

REDBULL STORM CHASE MISSION 1 HIGHLIGHTS CLIP

REDBULL STORM CHASE MISSION 1 HIGHLIGHTS CLIP

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After a raging Mission 1 success, Red Bull Storm Chase produced this awesome highlights clip from the perfect storm in Ireland.

 

Pic: John Carter/Red Bull Content Pool

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30Jan/13Off

THE STORM-FORCE TEN

THE STORM-FORCE TEN

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In the calm following the storm, Red Bull Storm Chase profiled the 10 sailors who competed on Mission 1 to Ireland.

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Pics JC/Red Bull Content Pool

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