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Sping has sprung…

Well, it looks like we’re out of winter. The clocks go forward tonight – and the signs of spring are all around.

The farms are in top gear coping with this years lambing season, every field has little white things jumping around in it.

The village has been quiet for so long, but the changes are visible. The old huts used by the fisherman at the Haven have begun to come down, making way for more development.

The spring bulbs are popping up, things are green and bright. Below, the old Coop, with completed renovations.

Always a momentous day – you know its not winter when the village fish and chip shop opens for the year !

The first boats have been out in the Bay, with some glorious conditions, it is a bit windy, but the wetsuits are out and the kids are in the water. :)

Deepest December. Cold, dark and bleak.

So… Just back form a week riding the powder in Val Thoren. What a good week.

Crew

Crew

VT

VT

The village has slipped into dormancy, happily, after a busy summer. The weather is cold, the days are dark and short. There is snow on the ground as I write this post.

The surf has been pretty average for autumn, a few clean swells but mostly junky cross-shore, small period mediocrity. Ive still been getting in, but more out of desperation than desire.

December was a massive month for surf news, with Hawaii firing with epic huge swells. The ASP tour was won by Mick Fanning after Parko stumbled in the Pipe event which was eventually won by Taj, for the first time, with Kelly coming second. Parko, although pipped at the post for the world title, took the Triple Crown Title for a second year, after Sunset and Haleiwa both produced quality entertainment.

And finally, the Eddie ran. 5 years in the waiting, with 30ft+ swell, it went off, massively, with Greg Long winning in the last heat to steal 1st place form Slater. Epic.
I watched all 8 hours straight on the web, one of the best live streams ive ever seen.

I was doing some tidying-up the other day and found these shots from the end of summer, and so thought I should share them.

Hope you like the flash-back to a warmer, sunnier Beadnell.

So, back to reality. at least the winter solstice has now passed, and its officially getting warmer and lighter everyday.

The New Year will bring new swell.

See you out there. :)

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North East Surfing – A photo set.

Its been pretty slow round here recently, aside from Halloween that is.

Not much in the way of notable swell, but still getting in every few days.

Below, find a photo set taken recently whilst watching the water.

We hope more decent swell rolls in before Christmas, but the snow is falling in the alps, and before long the winter will bring adventures sliding sideways of another kind.

We’ll look forward to it all.

Horses, castles and beaches… welcome to Northumberland.

Only days ago, amidst what had been very changeable weather I was asked to run a photo-shoot for a local PR agency who needed shots for an upcoming book and guide to the North-East coastline.

Bamburgh Beach bathed in morning sunlight

Bamburgh Beach bathed in morning sunlight

The weather had been terrible the day before, and I wasn’t expecting to be ‘on’ for the photos. Luckily, it was a glorious morning.

Rider, back-lit against castle

Rider, back-lit against castle

The perfect match

The perfect match

Claire and Mr Kai, have a very close relationship…

Holy Island Castle

Holy Island Castle

Bamburgh beach is unique in that it offers good vantage points for Bamburgh castle, Lindisfarne castle and the Farne Islands.

Trotting in the shallows

Trotting in the shallows

With the group assembled, we headed down the beach a while.

Good looking castle...

Good looking castle...

Water sun and sky coming together.

SAme castle... different angle.

Same castle... different angle.

You don’t see too many shots of Bamburgh castle from the south. I like it.

Having some fun

Having some fun

The horses love a good stretch on the beach, stopping them was hard. :)

The group resting

The group resting

Walking-off...

Walking-off...

Although not empty, the beach looked as good as any you could imagine.

A different kind of shot.

A different kind of shot.

For a beach ride along to Bamburgh along to the castle get in touch with Slatehall Riding Centre.

A week of solid surf…

Well, what an amazing week we’ve had.

Clean swell on monday

Clean swell on monday

The previous post outlined and the predicted swell, and some early snaps indicated that it was going to be good, but really we have much more to talk about than just the waves.

Marching swell

Marching swell

A few highlights from the week just ended.

  • Early morning session in huge overhead conditions in the middle of the Bay – including creating a new hole in my knee
  • The new and highly questionable smell coming from my car
  • Jumping-off Stag Rock to paddle out in huge waves with Steve, James and Murds in a classic old-school session
  • Getting a luscious Sunday evening session with light off-shores and gorgeous golden light
  • Covering god-knows how many miles and spending £70 on fuel chasing waves around the coast (not exactly sure this is a highlight…)
  • Making ‘The Sacrifice’ successfully, twice, and scoring as a direct result… its as guaranteed as paying taxes
  • Meeting and surfing with lots of new faces from up and down the coast – great to see more people in the area
Big and onshore

Big and onshore

All things considered, we have had a sensational week, lots of swell, mixed weather including plenty of sunshine, new faces, new boards and shapes to eye-up and plenty of spots visited and surfed.

Of course there are downsides, I appear to have developed a nasty chest-hack, and my head is a bit full -hopefully with just a summer-cold and not anything to do with swine-flu ;), and of course there are always the odd gripes over who should be surfing where and what photos get taken.

Beadnell Point reeling

Beadnell Point reeling

Racing the wall

Racing the wall

Big hack...

Big hack...

The happy place

The happy place

There really are not many surfers up here, and of course this is one of the attractions of living here. But once you’ve lived and surfed in genuinely busy spots such as Croyde, Bude, Newquay – all of Cornwall actually – Australia, New Zealand et-all, you can realise just how good we have it. With that in mind im never going to subscribe to the narrow-minded, selfish and generally childish mentalities of some people. Life is too good and too short to hold these sort of feelings.

The long paddle-out

The long paddle-out

So with the swell gone and a return to normality lying ahead, im sitting here watching Occy and Tom Curren tear-apart perfect JBay…  I had better hold onto these memories, they will probably have to last until the next decent swell sometime in November….  :).

Peaking...

Peaking...

Big out-east

Big out-east

Seahouses harbour taking the brunt

Seahouses harbour taking the brunt

Screaming right

Screaming right

Big screaming left

Big screaming left

Sunday evening slash

Sunday evening slash

Lining-up...

Lining-up...

Tucking-in

Tucking-in

Sunset shimmer

Sunset shimmer

It does look like there might be some nice waves at Thurso next week mind… maybe a trip is in-order.

See you in the water.

Aloha.

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