Saturday, 27 April 2013

stripey socks

I have a kind of love hate relationship with board socks, especially when it comes to getting them onto a longboard. They are worth it when you cant park outside your house like me and a quiver approach means carrying a couple of boards a couple of hundred metres! I say carrying but given the weight of most of my logs it's more like the staggering of a semi drunk! A central village location has its perks and it's disadvantages!

The forecast isn't looking too special for the next few days, mostly short period windswell. Time to get back on the bike and dream of better days. It's a shame as i've just been watching two of my favorite vimeo clips (here and here) and getting all stoked on DP's style and surfing my if6was9 log thats similar to his board in the clips. (a slimmed down semi pig with not much foam and a big greenough flex fin!)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

long way home

So this is one of those photos i'm secretly pretty pleased with. Working with such low budget cameras you are never entirely sure what you are gong to get back when you open the film envelope and sometimes pictures that you think will be great are disappointing and others you almost forgot you'd taken and just shot from the hip as it were sometimes turn out fantastic. This is one that came out exactly as my eye imagined it and i think it's not bad.
Looking at it, it's the view from the coast path behind middle beach woolacombe, it makes you realise how fantastic an area this is to live. I shot it on my way past on one of my regular mtb loops, a kind of eco friendly way to check the surf before heading back, showering the mud off and meeting the rising swell on the rising tide.
We are nlessed with beautiful beaches and waves to explore, amazing moorland riding almost on the doorstep, quiet country lanes and friendly relaxed people. Once the hook is set, i dont think you could ever leave...

Friday, 19 April 2013


This has been out a while but it's well worth watching if you haven't seen it! Tudor, Roach and Yuta Sezutsu who must have watched hours of footage of Dane Peterson as he grew up!

My friend Steve is selling his mint condition, 10 foot John Peck Penetrator model. It's a real beauty and a rare oard on these shores!

contact him at

Monday, 15 April 2013

between a rock and a hard place.....

I dont get to climb outdoors very often but it's always exciting to get out on real rock when those rare opportunities arise. It's amazing how different and more sketchy it feels to be placing your own gear on a cliff above crashing waves compared to the fairly sterilised environment of a climbing wall. It's a slow, painstaking, check everything twice affair and yields far less actual climbing. It's sobering to think how much you need to trust your partner, Your life is actually completely in their hands! Lucky for me Mike has a safe pair!

This is over the back side of baggy. Fun routes that require a pretty sketchy scramble/ abseil in but well worth it. I always think it's better not to think too hard about how long the rusty stakes at the top everyone uses as anchors have been out there in the elements!!!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

purple patch

It's warming up and i cant really justify posting snowy shots for much longer. Here's the last one from Holga's trip to france.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

thousand yard stare....

One of the things about always being the guy with the camera is tht it's not very often someone takes a picture of you. A rare (self) portrait on a surfcheck that was so wet it needed two coats!

Friday, 5 April 2013

dingle dangle

Feet dangling like a toddler on a chair.

I know some of you trek down this way from further east to get your watertime fix. If you are on the link road and in need of a good meal, let me point you in the direction of the Masons Arms in Knowstone. It's about 2/3rds of the way here from the M5 and is a tiny thatched pub in a tiny village. It was given Michellins pub of the year award and the food is spectacularly good as you would expect. Lunch is less pricy than a michelin star would have you expect and it is well worth a visit. There are some nice moorland style walks around there too.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

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