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Oz Video online!!

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After 7 straight years winter training in Cape town it was time for a change! ..So here i am in Australia! I've been here 3 weeks and its going great.. We scored a full week up north with head to logo high waves everyday.. unfortunately my camera broke before i set foot on the board!! So all the land footage was from a 20min session where Johan borrowed a friends camera.. it was also the smallest day we had.. which is why i took out a go pro on the nose of my board (Have a look and u will see it haha) but you get the idea of how good it can be and was!! Camera is in the repairers now so fingers...

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I’m still Alive..

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Australia the story so far... well i've not been eaten yet :)  ...and i've had some good sailing so things are going pretty dam well i suppose!! i wasn't going to update my blog with words... the idea was just to do a video diary..  hmmmmmm...  not that easy..  but its coming... i just need to learn a few new skills!! ...where's Alfie when you need him!? haha Also i have loads of random talking and scenic shit but lacking action as my camera broke before i even set foot on a board..  so just got go pro stuff!!  bit of a disaster but shit happens... plus its my own stupid fault. i tried...

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Cape Town is soo last year!!

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Haha.  well it is for me...  this years winter training will be... Australia mate!!! Get in..  Can't wait!! :)  ...and i'm leaving tomorrow morning..  so i'll arrive wednesday and it just so happens that's when the wind starts to kick in so should be on the water from the off!! yeaahaaaa...  pretty excited really..  as i've been doing Cape Town for the last 7-8 years and it feels really good to be going somewhere different...  i also have my own personal tour guide and chauffeur with airport pick up included as well as accommodation!! haha ;) ...i think that means i'm going to be doing...

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BWA Champion 2011

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So a pretty good year for me really..  finished 13th overall in the PWA world rankings, won the Tiree wave classic for the second year in a row..  and with 3 other solid uk event results.. 2nd Rhosneigr, 1st Ireland and 2nd in the Cornwall Classic..  i've taken the National wave sailing title for 2011...  which for me is the perfect end to a really good year!! :)             So just a big thanks to my sponsors.. Simmer are killing it right now, the gear is just working soo well and the new boards are ripping (See kai just made the final...

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25th Tiree Wave Classic & Cornwall Classic

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1st..  yeah baby!!!  Get in you beauty!! :)             Was going to write a full report..  but its going to have to wait. So for now, your just going to have to deal with a few words... Woooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... Boom boom..   whoop whoop... get in you beauty!!!! :) Right off to Polish my Sword!! :) Big thanks to my sponsors...  Simmer Boards... Simmer Sails...  O'shea and funsport!!! Cheers for all the support!   Cornwall Wave Classic Just...

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Klitmoller delivers again..

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17th..  not my best performance but did enough to keep me up there in the overall!! Well this place just delivers...  2 years in a row now we have had full storm force winds and big waves!!  ...its crazy..  but i have to say if there was one thing i didn't want this year it was 'storm force winds and big waves' But you dont really get a choice...  my foot wasn't feeling great but i could sail..  i mean i could sail backwards and forwards..  wave riding and jumping, just doesn't feel right and  i was really hesitant and no where near full power. But i knew to stay up in the overalls...

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Ooooopps.. bad timing!

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Training not gone according to plan!! So got 4 of the biggest events of the year coming up..  2 x PWA World cup events and 2 x British Wave sailing champioship events...  and the one thing you dont want to do is hurt yourself!!! So what has D%$$head gone and done..  yes, hurt myself!!  Bugger...  and it was all going so well... :( So how did i do it..  well..  just a little back loop and came down hard on my back foot..  dont ask ...but if you must know it was on the devils tack!!! Starboard...!!! Well fingers crossed i can strap it and take a shed load of pain killers.. ...

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National Windsurf festival

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i won..  :)  ...well the big race anyway!! What do you mean i didn't? ...Well..  ok...  thats not entirely true!  as it wasn't just me...  it was mainly thanks to the racing Whippet from West Wittering that is Jack Pettit. (Star in the making!) And i am of course talking about the biggest race of the weekend..  yes..  you know what i'm talking about.  The Pro 'n' Kids Night relay race!!! Well if you don't know...  you should..  or it should get more coverage because in my eyes its the best race of the event. Infact this year it was the only one i entered! If you still don't...

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4 weeks at home!!

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New Simmer gear, Mtb tracks, 3 days sailing... oh and a touch of skin Cancer!! Well..  I've been home for over a month now..  and i wont lie to you it's not exactly been windy!!  I think i've had 3 days sailing in the 4 weeks!! haha..  not really the training i was hoping for...  but the 3 days i had were awesome! Rhosneigr was working pretty good for August.. Full on 4.0m to 4.5m and 75L board... and a few little stunt ramps.. The plan is to start updating again..  been a bit slack lately on updating this site! Think i need a new one...  so might look into it.. haha Anyway...

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Back Home..

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Wow..  hectic 2 months complete...  and back home now! ...too much to go into detail so here's a quick sum up.. starting when i arrived in Pozo: Got my new Simmer Boards..  Wahooooo...   But only 2 days before the start of the comp..  So not long to train on them!! :( Sailed on them at Vargas.. Hell yeah... boards were ripping.. Happy chappy :) Felt pretty heavy though...  quick check..  Forgot to put the air valve in!!!!!  What a plonker...  ooooopps...  Not a happy bunny!! So one day to try and dry it out...  :|  ..must have took half a litre out!!! haha...  again..  what...

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PWA Pozo.. day 1-2

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My god this place is sooo fricking windy!!   ...you really do forget!!  My smallest sail i have is a 3.7..  and it is too big sometimes!!  I mean you cant even sheet in!! haha... Ok..  so there i am in the Caribbean supping back the beers, sitting in a chair and talking no stop for 3 weeks...  A couple of freestyle sessions on 5m's and 100l boards...  then BANG...  straight into this!!!   haha...  my god it was a shock!!!  Like going from a picnic in the park to full on SAS training!!! 3.7 Full power and Waves..  yes..  waves!!!  Pozo windy and wavey...  i have to say i struggled...

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Commentary-tastic

Off to Bonaire then Aruba for a spot of work!! Well the welsh trade winds have stopped blowing for a bit and its perfect timing really..  why?  Because i'm off to do the live commentary for PWA TV in Bonaire then Aruba...  Caribbean baby..  YEah!!!!! I think the format is just Freestyle in Bonaire but both Slalom and Freestyle in Aruba...  so i better start doing my homework on the moves again!! haha... Really looked forward to it as i've never been over there before and i think the level will be insane..  just hope i can keep up as there wont be the chop to put them off this time.. ...

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Welsh Trade winds..

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Why can't it be like this all the time? Well this has got to be the best spell for wind in the UK i can remember..  Ok..  so i'm not here that much but I still check the forecasts when i'm away and this last week or so is right up there! ..it's also pretty warm too...  not shorty weather but it's definitely not cold!! I've had some wicked sessions at Rhossy and a couple at Llandudno...  ranging from Cross shore port to Cross shore Starboard...  with a few onshorey session whacked in there!! I have to be honest my starboard tack jumping at the moment is pretty ropey but i'm feeling...

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1st… BWA Wave tour

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Pretty good week..  2nd in Rhosneigr and 1st in Ireland!! So the Competition season kicked off last week with the first 2 rounds of the BWA (British Wave Sailing Association) wave series. The first comp was held at my home spot in Rhosneigr and the second in Brandan Bay, Ireland. Due to me being the BWA champion from last year i really felt the pressure... as i knew i wouldn't be happy with anything outside the top couple of places. I think it's a bit like that..  once you've won once it's very hard to settle for anything less. Anyway, there have been reports everywhere so i wont bore...

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Maui Photo shoot..

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It's over...  time to head home!! After the first week i knew things couldn't get worse..  hmmmmm..  well it did actually take a few days but then we had the turning point...  Sails, Boards turned up..  sort of...  and the wind returned. The waves took a little longer...  i mean, i could count the days of over head high waves on 2 fingers...  and that was on the last 2 days of the trip!! Anyway..  we made the most of it and got loads of stuff done. Will be interesting to see how the pics and video come out. I think we are going to head to GC to do some more stuff in a few weeks....

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Errrrr… anytime soon would be nice!!

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Nearly been here a week and still no action!! Bloody typical...  for some reason Maui just doesn't like me..  every time i flaming come here the wind and waves just seem to shut off... does my bloody head in!! Don't get me wrong there are worse places to be when there's no wind but come on.... it's been firing for 2 months solid and the day i turn up..  Bam..  Nothing!!! Excuse me for a sec...  ARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... ARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... and...  ARRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...

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Photo Shoot time..

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So i'm outta here...  off to Maui for a few weeks!!!  Byeeeeeee... Yep..  it's that time of year again... so i'm off to get my picy taken with loads of the new 2012 gear!!!  (Christ.. haven't we just started 2011) The forecast doesn't look great in Maui...  cloudly, raining and no wind..  hmmmmmm...  pretty annoying really as it's been good for a while over there..  but i'm sure it will come good. I'm back on the 29th so only a couple of weeks...  lets hope the weather plays ball.. Can't wait to see all the new kit.. especially the boards!!!    ...be like Christmas!!! :) Pic1.. ...

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2011 Cape Town Vid

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Just thrown together my vid from this year... Just thrown together my vid from this year...  and i mean thrown!! (did it watching the football) I was going to go right into it..  do a load of more filming..  spend a lot of time editing it, as i had some funny ideas...  BUT...  then lots of stuff came up..  and i 've been super hectic...  couple of days doing voice overs for ESPN...  finalizing my contracts for 2011..  Sorting the house...  researching my fantasy Football team...   and topping up my tan...  so as you can imagine...  not a lot of time left!!! :) So anyway.. ...

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Going Home..

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But before then we had a quick session at Cape Point!! It was the last chance of going for a sail...  so we went crazy and went over the hill!!! ...it turned out to be a good choice!  We saw some wildlife... got some wind and waves.. plus a Strawberry milkshake on the way home!! The tide was a bit of a fooker but we got it as best we could... about an hour after high..   so we had a good couple of hours before it got too high...as then it started going a bit funky! I managed to film a bit for my cape town movie 'Going Backwards' :) check the pics attached...  the movie wasn't really...

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Road Trip…

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With a big swell forecast and not much wind.. there was only one place to go... With a big swell forecast and not much wind.. there was only one place to go... Elands Bay!!! I really can't be arsed to go into details of the trip...  but it was awesome...  standout moments: Day 1. No wave in Elands so headed north and found a Right handed reef break..  'Farmer Burgers' Just me, Potter, Bubble and Charger out with Philly taking snaps!!!  It was sweeeeeeeet.. fully hollow at the end (No pics of that though) Ate in a cool restaurant in Lamberts bay..  i obviously had Pizza!!! haha Day...

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