Monday, November 30, 2009

How sweet is this?

With thanks to "The Endless Bummer"

Monday Morning Wave!

Yesterday, I had a great time in similar conditions and wave size to the pic but envisage mainly longboards rather than shortboards. I almost took out a bodyboard because, when we arrived, there were already a few in but I am glad I didn't as it was fine for a longboard session. It got a bit nasty inside and I did come a bit of a cropper at one point being too greedy and staying on the wave longer than I should have. So today I am suffering from quite a painful calf muscle which received a good whack when I fell on top of my board! We have been in the water every weekend since we moved here so Denmark continues to deliver consistently which is awesome.
As you will have gathered from the last few posts, we have had the paddleboards out quite a bit over the last few weeks and yesterday, I was really feeling the benefits of that as I felt very strong paddling around out there. SUPs are such a great crap day option to keep your fitness up. Get yourself one!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

15 - 18 foot Sunset.............

and some poor buggar is in for a terrible beating.
Vans Triple Crown Contest Director Randy Rarick's call? “Of all the places in the world, this is one where you call a contest off because it’s ‘too big’ rather than ‘too small’”
So the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, Event No. 7 of 8 on the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour is off for the day and I'll bet the girls were relieved about that!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I had heard that there was a whale carcass 500 metres around the bay, but it was still a bit of a shock to see that it had travelled from there back up through the inlet opening and close to a kilometre up the beautiful Prawn channel!
Families come here to swim and fish, so hopefully it is far enough up not to attract too many very large fish!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Handboarding 4

Red Wings Memorial Handboarding 2009 World Titles

Handboarding 3

Thanks to Look and Sea for finding this one.

3 days on the SUP and really knackered!

The swell has been pretty small over the weekend so, Michelle and I decided our SUP's were the waveriding vehicle of choice. The conditions were different each day from

1. Light to medium offshore which was great to

2. Strong side shore, bearable for awhile and

3. Medium onshore which was a right royal pain in the arse

Both of us are feeling like we learning more about the art of the SUPing and improving our techniques. We even got around to cutting down our paddles but might have gone a little too far. I was happy with mine but Michelle was feeling like hers was too short but it had been far too long for her, so much so that she was not able to have her top hand on the top of the paddle at all.
From the getting a workout point of view, SUPing is just fantastic. We launch up the inlet a few hundred metres and paddle down "Prawn Channel" to the inlet opening and then out to where the waves are hopefully breaking. After a session out there we then need to paddle back to where the Feroza is parked and so have enjoyed the full benefits to body that standing up and paddling on a surfboard provides. Meanwhile, riders on shorter lie down wavecraft. even longboards, spend their time sitting around and getting very little exercise at all! Why would you bother! SUPing? Just love it!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

3 days of waveriding in a row!

So glad we moved to Denmark as it is living up to my expectations surfwise already. I rode 4 different wavecraft, the fish the first day, the longboard (briefly) and bodyboard the next and the SUP yesterday.
On Friday, I dropped Michelle off early at the airport so as she could deliver the paper, she has been working on for months, at the Creative Margins Research Conference at Curtin University.
Following the completion of the 120km roundtrip to do so, I took the opportunity to check out the surf. It was small as I expected necessitating a long, long trek around the bay to 2nd Reef.
Cici happened to be returning with a couple of others after their session and recommended I took the longboard as the waves were a good size but fat and a bit difficult to get on.
However, I could not bear the thought of attempting to traverse the cliff path with the 9' 6" Walden and then make the 20 minute trek up the beach, so I thought, even though I have not ridden it for months, I would take the 6' 10" fish. I still managed to give my left quad a bit of a pull on the way down the the cliff path and 20 minutes later I was paddling out towards the peak already regretting that I had not chosen the longboard. There were 4 riders all on longboards and struggling to get on the waves, even though they were a very reasonable size, so I just knew I would not have a hope of competing with them so it was paddle back in and go a little further up the beach to a smaller but peakier wave.
It wasn't really big enough for me on the fish and as I am so surf unfit still after months of building a house, rather than surfing, I just could not pop up and had forgotten where to stand on it as I have been riding the longboard mostly on the rare opportunities that we have managed to get a surf in Albany.
Eventually another rider came out, longboard of course grrr, wish I had bought mine, and the wave suddenly started to work a little better so I half got a few rides before eventually calling it a day and trekking back up the beach, swotting the bloody flies and being cautious to avoid the tiger snake that I know was lurking in the bushes beside the path at the top of the cliff.
In the evening I drove back to Albany, marvelling at the amount of lightning and thunder that Michelle was going to be subjected to on the flight back. This resulted in her being delayed by half an hour as the pilot was forced to circle over Albany city for awhile to avoid the thunderstorm sitting above the airport to move. She was so relieved to be back on the ground she had to force herself not to kiss the tarmac, I got that instead.
The next day Michelle and I headed out on a beautiful morning to find even less swell than the day before. So it was out with the longboard for me and my 6' 10" fish for her as we attempted to find a wave in front of the clubhouse. Well, there just wasn't one so I headed back in, dumped the longboard, trekked back up to the carpark to get my bodyboard and flippers with the idea of heading further up the beach where it looked at least a little bigger if a bit more onshore. As I was heading up Michelle was on the way out of the water having also given up and followed me up the beach. Well, what a great little but powerful left I found resulting in a terrific session with my last wave being particularly good. Michelle also enjoyed herself across the hole on the right before eventually joining me on the left.

On the third day, we decided that the swell may even be smaller, it wasn't actually, and that we would take out our Walden SUP's for the first time in months and months.
We parked up the inlet a bit and launched, with some trepidation. "Uhh - can we still remember how to do this?". We did still remember - and with a following light onshore wind successfully paddled up the inlet, picked up our boards for a short traverse across the sand, relaunched in the main channel and continued paddling towards the opening and the bigger than we had thought it would be swell. The conditions were fine for a SUP session with little chop.
I had forgotten how rewarding it is to stand up on a board and paddle and paddle I did over towards, with some doubt as to the likelyhood of a positive reaction to my arrival, a couple of longboarders who fortunately did not seem to perturbed by my arrival.
I stayed well outside them and waited for a likely wave to attempt catching.
Ummm - well I had forgotten how to do this important part of the SUP experience and it was quite some number of attempts before I finally got on to a left, my first on a paddleboard I think, gingerly dropping my paddle in behind to the left of the board to maintain some sort of line across the wave. A short but fun ride! I caught a couple more and then decided to visit Michelle who was on a peak in front of the inlet.
As I got there I realised that the offshore wind effect was much stronger and so she was not a happy girl as she was not able to get up enough speed to get on to a wave at all and was feeling like she was over this SUP thing. $@#*^ boards to big can't %#*& turn it I'm a $@#*^ shortboard rider! $#@&*^. She was also not able to grab the top of her paddle as we have not got around to cutting it down for her and so that was also contributing to the frustration, I believe. Anyway, we decided to call it a day and headed back towards the inlet opening which was now a bit of a struggle as the wind was really strong and I was forced to lie down paddle for a bit before the incoming waves started pushing me up the channel. There was a small and intense "That dog is drowning incident!" as we made our way slowly up the channel before we were forced to drag our SUP's along the edge of the inlet to a point where we could drag our boards back across the sand to relaunch and return to where the 4wd was parked. Suddenly, before our eyes, another SUP cruised towards us from another channel we had not realised went all the way to the opening from where we had parked the Feroza, so we relaunched and had the most pleasant paddle back.
Michelle was feeling a bit more positive about it all by now, which was great, and we left for a well deserved lunch knowing that we would be choosing the SUP's more often in the future!