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5Feb/16Off

MAUI HANA HOU (2016)

MAUI HANA HOU (2016)

MAUI HANA HOU (2016)

MAUI HANA HOU (2016)

” After being back on the island last year, I felt the urge to come right back for an encore – “Hana hou” – this year. Though I only sailed 6 times, I managed to get some nice little rides and do some tricks, some also in POV with my new GoPro. Hope you like the vid ”

Via inFAMOU$ Beats / GFx / www.facebook.com/mattia.i.00

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25Jan/16Off

Kevin Pritchard visits Denmark in December – Video & Interview

"Oh SH#)$ what did I get myself into," was Kevin's first thought arriving in Denmark. Later he rides icy winter swell at Hanstholm and Agger.

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25Jan/16Off

TOBAGO TIME

TOBAGO TIME

TOBAGO TIME

Words  Nick Jones & Jem Hall // Photos  Nick Jones, Karel Tyc and Stephan Gölnitz

DA REAL DEAL
When one thinks of a visit to a Caribbean island, one tends toward the romantic notion that consists of azure warm waters gently lapping against bright white coral sand beaches that are fringed with tropical trees and plants. The locals are friendly with broad bright white smiles and wherever you go there is fresh fruit and fresh fish being fried or smoked, all to the soundtrack of steel drums or thumping (almost) sub-sonic bass. Around every corner there is the promise of authentic adventures and crazy characters who readily welcome you into their world.

However the reality is often one where the promise of the tourist dollar has transformed the idyll into a ‘Disney’ version – large cruise liners deposit their cargo of flabby and lazy humanity that just want an easy ride. Hawkers harangue them – trying to sell them inauthentic tat or fabricated food as they pass through a conveyor belt route of “must-sees” – each stop on the pre-determined itinerary a plastic version of what was once there. Tired and clichéd experiences that are packaged up and presented to the visitor as authentic – but neither party truly believing the charade that has been presented.

Thankfully Tobago falls into the former, rather than the latter. It retains much of its authenticity, thanks in large part to a local government that keeps a very tight control on development and ensures that the interests of its people and the environment are paramount  – resisting the lure of a quick buck offered by outside corporations that may wish to plunder the natural beauty of the island.

DREAM TIME
Tobago is a dream windsurfing location. Arriving out of the fag end of a murky, cold and gloomy British winter one is immediately struck by the brilliance of the light and the clarity of the water. The body’s immediate response is to take a deep breath and . . . . BREATHE – as the air escapes the lungs it feels like so much tension is being expelled. But maybe that is a little bit too mystical for you – even so, the Tobagans won’t let you hold onto stress. They are not in a rush. They have T . . I . . M . . E. Time to chew the fat; time to have a joke with you; time to swap some banter. If one’s life in Europe is the equivalent of rushing around in a sports car – well, when you arrive in Tobago you’re cruising around in a classic Citroen Mehari (look it up). At first the change of pace (and style) comes as a jolt – but soon the vibe gets under your skin and you can’t help but let the smile spread across your face and slow down the pace of your gait as you quickly slip into the languid rhythm of the Caribbean.

A quick anecdote that illustrates this culture shock was given to me by a friend who recounted a story from his first visit to Tobago. After the long flight from the UK he and his wife were impatient to get to the house that they had rented for their holiday. So they jumped into a taxi and gave the driver the address – a remote spot towards the north of the island. After 10 minutes or so of friendly banter with the driver, he pulls over by a bar and says he needs to quickly see someone inside, is that OK? My friend, a little exasperated, smiles and says “yes” through gritted teeth.

“What the hell is going on?”, he thinks, “I want to start my holiday”.

After a couple of minutes the driver comes back out to the car and invites them inside for a beer! My friends are befuddled and surprised, but in that moment, they realise the holiday has already started. They are now in Tobago time and so respond with a resounding “yes!” and a lifelong love of Tobago and its people has begun.

BAGO TIME
“But Jonesey, what of the windsurfing?” I hear you cry. I was visiting Tobago on a Sportif travel organised trip with a Jem Hall group. We left London in the dark of early morning – all wrapped up against the murk and the cold of a typical March day (it was 5 degrees) and we arrived mid-afternoon local time into a different world – a parallel universe. Goodbye to the rush and hustle-bustle of London and hello to a lightness and a brightness; hello to a more laid back tempo; hello to ‘Bago Time! The temperature was in the high 20’s and we are met by lots of smiling faces as we find our transfer and load up. In a jiffy we are at our hotel, the Toucan Inn, and being shown to our rooms.

The prevailing wind is cross-shore and low tide equals very flat water – great for all levels

The Toucan Inn is located in Crown Point, the village that is adjacent to Store Bay and Pigeon Point and Buccoo Reef, and it has to be one of the friendliest places I have stayed. Breakfast each morning was a joy – with a slight breeze blowing through each morning and watching the tropical birds flying around and listening to the chirrup of insects or the nearby cocks crowing. Certainly if you want peace, quiet and tranquillity then Tobago may not be the place – wherever you go there is some sort of noise – whether the exotic twitter of the tropical birds in the hotel gardens; the crowing of the cocks or the ubiquitous sound system and its insistent, thumping bass. It seems that Tobagans cannot move without an accompanying bass rhythm pounding out of their cars or from the sound systems that each street seller or bar will have.

WINDSURF TIME
“But Jonesey, what of the windsurfing?” I still hear you cry. Pigeon Point is our sailing spot. A short 10 minute transfer or a leisurely 25 minute stroll from the hotel, Pigeon Point is a Heritage Reserve – a national park if you will – and an example of the government’s desire to retain the natural beauty of the island. The previous owner was a local wealthy business man who 10 years ago decided to sell. Once the local government got wind that Sandals were keen to buy in order to develop a resort there – the government then purchased the land to keeps as a nature reserve. Development is minimal. It is a sandy point that is protected by offshore coral reefs (Buccoo Reef). There are a trio of bars/restaurants and the Radical Sports watersports centre and that’s it. The rest is untouched tropical lushness; coral sand and beautiful aquamarine water. Pigeon Point is protected by the large offshore reefs that make up Buccoo Reef – and is the reason that it is an idyllic flat water spot for sailing.

The Radical Sports HQ is a wooden structure set back from the beach in amongst the palm trees with a shaded grassy area to the front and side for rigging. To the other side is the Liming Lounge – a chillout zone with Brazilian bean bags and beach chairs set out under the palm trees. ‘Liming’ is Tobagoan slang for chewing the fat (which is English slang for a chin-wag) – so the Liming Lounge is aptly named – a place to hang out; recuperate with a cold beer; or just stare up into the palm fronds and feel the stress seep out of your body. At one point I overheard a client saying that this was the first time in 5 years that she has had the time to sit down and read a book!. This place – Pigeon Point – certainly gets under the skin; looking out at the crystal clear water, hearing the rustling of the palm fronds in the breeze – any cares seem a long way away. Certainly there is a laid back vibe at Radical Sports that fits with the rest of Pigeon Point. The owner Brett is Trinidadian and has a wealth of knowledge about the island and its history and culture and both him and his team are all really friendly and helpful.

The sailing area is a wide and open water area that is protected by Buccoo Reef system to the north. Buccoo Reef is a marine reserve and so any motorised craft passing Pigeon Point are speed restricted. The prevailing wind is cross-shore and low tide equals very flat water – great for all levels. The flat water combined with consistent winds means learning and improving any transitions or freestyle moves is made a whole lot easier.

One of the thrills that the group experienced out on the water was to see some small rays, beneath the water as they sailed past and occasionally some would breach adjacent to their boards!

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Tobago is a great destination for non-windsurfing partners too. Pigeon Point itself is attractive; after all it is probably the most popular beach in Tobago. Who wouldn’t be satisfied with lying in a hammock strung up between two palm trees; enjoying the breeze, reading a book or having a snooze – occasionally going for a dip in the beautiful water?

Tobagans won’t let you hold onto stress. They are not in a rush

But should you want something more – Brett has SUPs available which you can paddle around the point. To the left of the sailing area there are small waves available (Sunset Left and Sunset Rights), perfect for first timers taking their first steps in the swell.

Elsewhere the island offers a host of other activities including sailing, surfing and scuba diving. Fantastic fishing whether inshore or off-shore. There’s also mountain biking, horse riding or bird watching. There are a number of guides available who can take you to explore some of the other beaches or into the interior of the island to explore tropical rain forest and waterfalls. Mt. Irvine is one of the better surf breaks and that is just to the north of Buccoo Reef and you can see the swell coming in from Pigeon Point.

WHY TOBAGO?
So why should you come to Tobago? Why not? It’s a beautiful island; friendly people; great food; not expensive; and the best times to visit for windsurfing are January, February and March – the grimmest times for windsurfing in northern Europe. It’s a great way to kick start your sailing season by blowing away the cobwebs with a solid week of sailing. And should conditions not suit (whether the wind or your own condition!) there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself whether SUPing, surfing or just kicking back in the Liming Lounge with a cold beer or margherita!

PRACTICALITIES

When to visit
Tobago has a tropical climate being close to the equator and so has just two seasons. The dry season is December to May and the wet season June to November (Tobago is outside of the main hurricane zone). Average temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the year, varying slightly from 29˚C to 31˚C. However, changes in the wind direction can make the summer months feel much hotter than the winter months.

For windsurfing – the best months to visit are December to June.

Jem Hall’s clinics for 2016 are in he first 2 weeks of March with Sportif Travel – www.sportif.travel; +44 (0)1273 844919.

Places to Stay
Crown Point is your base for sailing at Pigeon Point. Sportif (www.sportif.travel) can organise travel, accommodation and kit hire packages for windsurfing trips to Tobago.

Below is a selection of property types in Crown Point:

  • Coco Reef Hotel (www.cocoreef.com) – Upscale hotel with beach front location, beautiful gardens and spa.
  • Crown Point Beach Hotel (www.crownpointbeachhotel.com) – Hotel overlooks Store Bay with pool and bar. Short walk to the bars and restaurants of Crown Point and Pigeon Point beyond.
  • Toucan Inn (www.toucan-inn.com) – Good value option in Crown Point with bar and restaurant and pool area. Friendly staff.
  • Native Abode (www.nativeabode.com) – Homely B&B on a residential street, but close to the bars and restaurants of Crown Point.

Army clothes
This is an odd one. Military (style) clothing cannot be worn in Trinidad and Tobago – so to be on the safe side leave the camouflage gear, and even cargo shorts, at home.

Where the hell are we?
Tobago is a small island (40km long by 10km wide) just to the north of its larger sister, Trinidad. Crown Point is a small town that is a mixture of residential, hotels, bars and restaurants. There is plenty of choice of drinking spots and eating spots. Each day we had a pre-arranged transfer from the Toucan Inn down to Pigeon Point and then back again in the evening. A few would choose to walk rather than take the transfer, since it is a pleasant 25 minute walk past the colourful street stalls of Crown Point with arts and crafts vendors and fishermen slicing up the morning’s catch.

JEM HALL

Tobago is a very special place for me as I did quite a few clinics there back in the early noughties and some testing too. It also served as the last filming stop on the completion of my ‘Beginner to Winner’ coaching DVD and so it holds a big place in my heart. Heading back there made me excited and I was also anxious to see how it had all changed. I was not to be disappointed as I found the locals, whilst still laid back, had become dare I say it more pro active in their customer focus and there were so many more fun bars and eateries to choose from.

The windsurfing centre has had a major revamp and both the toys and staff were a joy to work with, there were lots of new style wide and easy Freemove boards and a whole host of sails. The atmosphere, and ‘liming’ was also fantastic, and the Radical Action Sports barbie night, with Brett Kenny and his crew, led to a fair few hangovers.

I have always had great results on my Tobago coaching clinics, the mix of windy and lighter wind sessions leads to a more steady improvement across all levels and the flat, shallow and warm waters also make my clients feel safe and more likely to step it up.

The hidden secret is that in the right swell and wind direction there is great starboard tack wavesailing out on Buccoo reef and I have had some killer sessions there. And round the corner from the centre is a hush hush, fab SUP spot with a nice left and a faster right breaking into shallower water channels, nice!! I’m already looking forward to my 2016 coaching weeks back there!

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24Jan/16Off

Giovanni Passani in Brazil

The 19 year old Italian in "En Algum lugar" with radical freestyle action from Brazil.

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21Jan/16Off

Graham Ezzy in Cape Town

Graham Ezzy shows some wave action in not ideal conditions. A lot of water and current made it hard to ride waves.

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20Jan/16Off

NIPPING SHREW DE REEFS SPRING 2015 – BERMUDA WINDSURFING

NIPPING SHREW DE REEFS SPRING 2015 - BERMUDA WINDSURFING

NIPPING SHREW DE REEFS SPRING 2015 – BERMUDA WINDSURFING

NIPPING SHREW DE REEFS SPRING 2015 – BERMUDA WINDSURFING

Spring into summer light wind sailboarding on a Starboard F-148 and NP RS slalom 10m sail. During the sunny lighter winds can catch many sailboats on the water and “nip” through the many shallow reefs! (just don’t hit them) ; )

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11Jan/16Off

OCEAN ELEMENTS EARLY BOOKING OFFERS

OCEAN ELEMENTS EARLY BOOKING OFFERS

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Take advantage of some fantastic early booking offers with Ocean Elements this summer and get £100 & £200 off selected Beach Club holiday dates.

Great savings on Beach Club Holidays to Vassiliki and Porto Heli. More at 

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Great reasons to book now for 2016 Beach Clubs:
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Popular dates and sea-view rooms fill quickly

Call now on 0844 770 40 70 or email sales@alpineelements.co.uk

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11Jan/16Off

THE ROAD WEST TRAVELLED

THE ROAD WEST TRAVELLED

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THE ROAD WEST TRAVELLED

The West coast of Ireland has one of Europe’s wildest coastlines that has long drawn artists, writers and surfers to its shores. The Motley crew enjoy a stellar day of Irish Atlantic action along with the inevitable Motley mishap and learn what has drawn some of the local crew of windsurfers to make their home out west.

Words & Photos JOHN CARTER

(This feature originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)

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Thibault Peigne and Andreas Mohr sharing the swell.

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Artist Graham Reid and pilot Mike Scott trade waves in their adopted home.


Mayday – emergency!
“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is the Motley Crew, err I mean Timo Mullen and John Carter. We are camped out on a remote beach on the North West coast of Ireland and are in desperate peril. It’s wall to wall sunshine, the wind is howling 40 knots perfect cross off, the swell is picking up by the minute and Timo has forgotten his harness. I repeat, Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is a dire emergency!!! Please somebody help us”

You really need to know Timo to realize how much of an utter disaster this situation was. Somehow in a moment of confusion back at his parent’s house, a bag containing his wet suit and harness was mistakenly removed from our car and left in the kitchen. So after leaving home at 3am, driving from Poole to Bristol, flying to Ireland and driving a further two and a half hours to the beach we were finally on location. Timo was truly frothing at the conditions and was rigging within moments of checking the waves. With barely a cloud in the sky, the wind cross off from the south west and just a hand-full of guys out, this was indeed setting up to be a special day in Ireland. As you might gather, you have to be pretty committed to make such a journey just for a days windsurfing, but for Timo, these are the days he lives for. There is something etched into his DNA that says he has to be on it, he can’t miss out and will go to extremes to track down perfect wave sailing at all costs. So therefore to be in this ridiculous situation where we had gone to all the effort and then be without the essential harness and wet suit was nothing short of torture for poor Timo. 

So what do next? I actually had a Mystic wetsuit in my bag so the problem was half solved although Timo had just moved over to ION suits courtesy of Nik Baker so it was not an ideal situation. No phone signal was the next problem but there were a couple of guys out on the water and there was a possibility that they might have a spare harness and at least Timo would be able to sail. Timo was prepared to hit the water without a harness and see how long he would last but the wind was picking up even stronger and the guys on the water looked to be headed in to change down to small sails. To cut a long story short, Timo was saved by the cavalry, with the local crew of sailors on hand sourcing a spare harness, while we managed to contact his Dad, who heroically drove the aforementioned bag, with suit and harness all the way to the beach in perfect time for the afternoon session. Luckily the coastguard was not required! 

Perfect day
It turned out to be one of those few and far between sessions when all the elements combined together to make it a day to remember. Unbroken sunshine, relentless wind and countless waves and all with just a handful of sailors out on the water on a beautiful May day in Ireland. It truly was one of those rare occasions where if you were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time then it was like finding that elusive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. For Timo, years of scouring this coastline meant it was no accident he had honed in on this particular beach on this particular day. All the signs were there on the forecast and it was just a matter of making sure he was in location to be on the receiving end of the conditions to make the most of it. As for the other local sailors on the water, they were equally tuned in to the weather to reap the rewards of this magical Irish day of wave sailing. We caught up with them to learn their thoughts on the day and how their lives working and playing on this coast have come about.

Everyone was maxed-out but the sun was shining and with the dropping tide the sets were getting heavier and cleaner    Katie McAnena


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Dr Katie McAnena – overworked and overpowered but happy out west.


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Doctor’s note 

Katie McAnena – Doctor.
‘’I’m a doctor working full-time in Sligo General Hospital. I’ve been here for the last 18 months and I am loving it. I chose to work and train here because it’s right beside some of the best surf in Ireland. It’s the only Hospital in Ireland where you can see the surf from the windows on the wards! It’s 2 hours up the road from my home city of Galway so it’s super close to home too. So many of the doctors who work here also surf and chose to come to Sligo to strike the best water/work balance they can. Work in the public health sector in Ireland is super tough, regardless of the discipline. I usually work 70 hours per week and every 2nd or 3rd weekend. This is standard across Ireland, so it makes finding time to train and compete really difficult. I’m so insanely fortunate to live in Sligo because it simply takes away the time wasted through driving. I surf and SUP probably 4 days a week at least and with the long Northern Hemisphere days in Spring to Autumn, I can often get out on the water both before and after work. I live in a small surf village called Strandhill. It’s perfect!! It’s at the base of a large hill called Knocknarea which is ideal for hiking and cross-training when the water’s flat. The beach is 200m from my doorstep along with the local pub, surf cafe, shop and seaweed baths…what more could you want?! There’s also a classic collection of locals and ex-pats from the UK, Oz, New Zealand and South Africa. Windsurfers around these parts are few and far between but the crew who do sail and live here are awesome! 

On this day I’d finished work and scrambled to the van to hit the reef which is only fifteen minutes from the hospital. I knew all the local boys were out sailing and that Timo had flown over with JC but more importantly that it was sunny and warm and there was wind and waves to be had. A rare old combo here in the North West of Ireland! I rigged my 4.3 Hot Sails Firelight and my 69L Starboard Quad and stumbled down the grassy cliff to join the fun. My anticipation and excitement was quickly dampened by the fact that I was insanely over-powered! I was getting flattened by the gusts and couldn’t help but hydrofoil and catapult repeatedly. So‘eager as you like’ I came back in re-rigged and ignored Timo’s advice to don some booties. Big mistake. Note to self, Timo doesn’t always wear booties but when he does I should too! The tide was dropping out fast making the waves more punchy and hollow and with that the reef sucked dry and I got to endure the tortuous clamber over jagged/slimy/pointy rocks. Graceful as a newborn elephant on roller skates!. I’d rigged my 3.4 at this stage and I definitely needed it. Everyone was maxed-out but the sun was shining and with the dropping tide the sets were getting heavier and cleaner. Timo was busting out some big aerials and hacking away at the biggest sets. Andreas was a total tour-de-force. I’d never seen him sail so well! He knows this reef and it shows, I was stoked to see him sailing like this. I on the other hand didn’t have my finest hour. It was the classic combo of sailing a spot for the first time and being wrecked from work, but it didn’t matter, the sun was shining, the reef was firing, I was with some of my closest friends and I was only twenty minutes away from my own shower and bed. Magic!’’

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Timo air spray.


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High Flyer

Mike Scott – Helicopter rescue pilot.
‘’I’ve lived in Strandhill, Sligo for 8 years but am originally from the UK. I work for a company called CHC who supply the search and rescue helicopters to the Irish Coastguard. I’m based at Sligo airport. We work a 24 hour shift pattern that allows a fair amount of free time during the week for sailing and supping (All sailors know there is more wind during the week than at weekends). There are not many sailors locally and those who are, are ‘blow ins’. We tend to try to stick together but we have differing needs; one lad won’t get out of bed if it is less than logo high, while I get scared when it gets above waist high. We are fairly flexible which is essential here. The forecast is often a long way out and the ‘good’ spots can be quite fickle. This May-day was special because it was windy and sunny; a very rare combination here. There was also a full turn out of local lads and lasses; five or six on the water is a rare pleasure. I turned up having had about two hours sleep due to work, and met you guys, who had had one hours sleep, so stopped feeling sorry for myself. 

What was great for me that day was it was windy, but the swell was manageable.  Often at this spot in the winter it is huge and almost unsailable (unless you are Finn). It is also quite unusual to get the wind blowing from the right direction for there. It also blew for the whole day which meant I had to make an emergency call to the missus to get her to pick the kids up from school! The day was rounded off with a debrief in the local pub. A German, Frenchman, South African and Brit sitting in an Irish pub not complaining about the weather; very rare indeed. That’s the most I’ve written since I left school!’’

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Wild and windy, Timo enjoying the perfectly lined up waves in the west.


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Artist in residence

Graham Reid – Artist (www.grahamreiddesign.com).
‘’I’m a sculptor and glassblower originally from South Africa. My great grandfather was from Cork so I came for a visit and fell in love with the wild West coast. At that time the perfect waves were almost deserted, so I bought a two hundred year old derelict cottage and started blowing glass. It was the perfect place for a home base to travel the world and go surfing and sailing. Because I work for myself I don’t have a fixed routine. I generally check the charts in the morning and either go surfing or sailing, or stay home and work in my studio. Being a wave sailor as well as a surfer means there are so many more surfable days in these very changeable weather conditions. There are only a few other hardcore sailors on this stretch of coast, so we are a tight and friendly crew. There are many days in the depths of winter when I’ll be the only one out, so I’ll call one of the other guys and ask them to come looking for me if I don’t report back. Mike is the best guy to call because he flies the rescue helicopter!

The spot we were sailing is one of our favourites, but very fickle. If you look at a wind graph for the year, you’ll notice that perfect cross off is rare. If you add in tides and the need for proper ground swell, you have to be local or willing to travel long distances at a moment’s notice like Timo does to score this spot when it’s on. This particular day was special because it was sunny and most of the local crew was out, so it felt fun and playful on an often wild coastline.’’

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Finn Mullen, not at work! but on days like this who can blame him – certainly not the editor!’ Photo Ronan Oertzen

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Le boulanger

Thibault Peigne – Organic bakery owner 

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‘’I grew up on the West Coast of Brittany (FR), where water sports are part and parcel of daily life. After studying in the UK and working/windsurfing in South Africa for a number of years, I came to Ireland in 2005, in search of work and waves. Little did I know that I would fall in love with baking (sourdough) and a lovely Irish girl. I live in Dublin so sailing on the west coast involves a 500 to 800km round trip, many nights on a couch and many hearty meals after long and cold sessions. You make good friends very quickly rescuing each other in these cold waters! Windsurfing in Ireland certainly requires patience and a lot of driving to find the perfect spot when it comes to actual conditions vs forecast, but sailing those waves with the rugged Irish landscape in the background is just magic!  I haven’t been in the water much the last few years, as I was busy setting up my bakery; so that spring session on one of my favourite spots, with pretty much everyone there, felt good. Thankfully the bakery is looking after itself and I am already plotting my next trip west!’’

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Rad radiologist 

Andreas Mohr – Radiologist
‘’I work as a Radiologist but surfing and windsurfing are my passions. In 2007 the search for the right place brought me from Germany all the way to the NW of Ireland. I never regretted the move. All I need is right in front of my doorstep here in Ireland. This guarantees lots of quality water time all year around with  like-minded friends and a simple good life. I can’t believe Timo just turned up out of the blue on such a perfect day. We scored quality waves, wind and sunshine all together and I can tell you that is a pretty rare combo on this extreme stretch of wild Irish Coast. When this spot is on it is like a ski lift, just without a queue. Friends cheer at each other while riding solid stuff; yep that is total bliss and why we all live here!’’

“ Days like this when the richness of the natural surroundings blend with the excitement of our sport yield a feeling of contentment that only a windsurfer could define as paradise ” Finn Mullen

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Editor’s explanation

Finn Mullen – Editor..sometimes..if it’s not windy!
‘’I’m sure anyone who studies windguru must think the west coast of Ireland is a cold water windsurfing paradise. It is, but not for the wind. The mountains that fringe the shores here make for inspiring vistas but often can lessen the wind strength, much to surfer’s delight. Other times storms can be so ferocious that it just isn’t safe to sail. What makes here a windsurfing paradise though is the people, the peacefulness and days like this when the richness of the natural surroundings blend with the excitement of our sport to yield a feeling of contentment that only a windsurfer could define as paradise. There’s times you wonder in the depths of bitter winters why you live here, then there’s times when the wind and Atlantic swells rise that make you wonder why you’d live anywhere else. We all wander, but when the West calls we all find our way home’’

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TIMO’S TALE

Timo Mullen – Professional Windsurfer
“The west coast of Ireland is a really special place. Sam Ireland from Canada was the first guy to sail this spot many years ago, since then myself and Finn have sailed it quite a bit, but it is sensitive to the wind direction, swell size and tide so we only really score it a few times a year. This day was one of those lucky times. The conditions were pretty perfect, not too big and plenty of wind, normally this spot is either onshore or no wind and raining, but this was side off and howling, it was like a skate park with waves linking all the way from the way outside point to right in front of where we park, roughly a 300m long ride!! You are literally shattered at the end of each ride.  I was on my smallest gear which is so rare here, it made everything a lot easier, Starboard really have come up trumps with the 74 Quad! It’s great now to have a good solid local crew at the spot which means you no longer have to brave the elements on your own, which on a cold Irish day is warming to the soul!”  

“ The West coast of Ireland has one of Europe’s wildest coastlines that has long drawn artists, writers and surfers to its shores 

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7Jan/16Off

Mattia Fabrizi in Brazil

The Italian windsurfer Mattia Fabrizi released a short clip with action from his recent trip to Brazil.

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5Jan/16Off

PASSION FOR NATURE FILM

PASSION FOR NATURE FILM

VIDEO

PASSION FOR NATURE

(Film) A 4K film about Brasil and some of best Windsurfers in the world.

I was shooting one month some of the best Windsurfers and had such a good but a bit unlucky time, because I injured my foot again.
However I managed to create a really nice movie with some amazing shots out of 400GB footage.

STARRING
Julian Wiemar,
Jeremy Plüss,
Kevin Langbehn,
Loïck Spicher,
Amado Vrieswijk,
Hugo de Sousa,
Gollito Estredo,
Nico Akgazciyan,
Davy Scheffers,
Edvan Souza,
Julien Mas,
Mattia Fabrizi,
Giovanni Passani,
and me

CAMERA
Valentin Böckler
Jeremy Plüss

AERIAL CAMERA
Julian Robinet
Valentin Böckler

PRODUCED & EDITED
Valentin Böckler

SOUND DESIGN
Valentin Böckler

LOCATIONS
Jericoacoara
Camocim
Maceio
Jijoca

MUSIC
Amaksi – Inspiration
Faded Paper Figures – Relatively
Harper Blynn – I Think I’m Falling In Love

THANKS TO
Starboard, Gun Sails, Maui Ultra Fins, Prolimit, Björn Borg, Thunder Tiger Europe, Oakley Hamburg

www.valentinboeckler.de

 

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