30/06/12 - Pictures taken during the windy month of June
Pic - Harry Newton Pic - Simon Hirst
Pic - Simon Hirst Pic - Jack Kellet
Pic - Julia Slack Pic - Harry Newton
Our weekly club night started last Tuesday at St.Johns Lake and will now continue every Tuesday evening until October. To join us on the water please text Tim Cross 07795 123 890 to let us know you are turning up. Safety cover will be available from 6pm.
To take part all
you need to do is sign up for joint membership. These sessions will be
free for members and supported by qualified club volunteers. If you are
keen to assist as a volunteer or wish to attend these club sessions
then please get in touch with Tim Cross.
These club sessions provide the perfect opportunity for those who wish to gain confidence and improve your skills in the knowledge that there is a safety boat to hand, plus a little friendly coaching from experienced windsurfers. So if you are a beginner or intermediate with your own kit and are looking to improve your tacks, gybes, get planing or master the water start then come and join us every Tuesday. If you wish to introduce a friend to the sport and have the correct kit to do so then the the club night provides the perfect opportunity for this.
Boards online magazine has written a feature all about the virtual club format and Windsurf Plymouth gets a mention, click here to read. If you are yet to take a look at Project Windsurf UK then please sign up to the Windsurf Plymouth page.
British Salomon Associations Weymouth event took place over the final weekend of April. The event attracted a great turn out with 71 competitors taking part. The majority of these were in the amateur fleet. The next event takes place in Worthing 26th -27th May, so if you fancy some very social competition why not give it a go. BSA - website.
Club Membership - Club membership is now available to purchase from the site. Therefore if you wish to enjoy the benefits of being a member and most importantly help support the development and promotion of windsurfing in the local area then please consider joining. You will see fees have been kept to a minimum.
Windsurf for Cancer - This years Windsurf for Cancer Sunset - Sunrise challenge takes place on 6th May. We are planning two activities;
- A Windsurf Plymouth fun raising social, at a Plymouth restaurant (venue and date TBC).
- A mass participation windsurf to help increase the profile of our sport while at the same time raising funds for a good cause. Suggested beaches are currently either Bigbury or Daymer. This will take place on Sunday 6th May
Please donate to W4C 2012 via the Windsurf Plymouth Just Giving page.
Looping - With some breeze forecast this week its a perfect opportunity to practice a new move, this could be your year to learn how to forward loop. Get Windsurfing provide some useful tips in the video below.
More Windsurfing Videos
The second video this week is almost a feature length movie with it being nearly 40 minutes long. Its a great little production by some Austrian guys. Enjoy !!!
This is a movie about windsurfing. It´s not just about doing the latest moves. It´s about seven sailors from Austria, each of them traveling to a spot he/she feels homelike.
The producers Manuel Grafenauer and Stefan Csaky followed them on their search for conditions they life for to spots around the globe.
Enjoy the pictures of those trips and discover places like Mauritius, Vienna, Fuerteventura, Lake Neusiedl, Madagascar, the Adriatic Sea and Lake Garda.
Watch how life is there, how locals live and which conditions the riders find on the water.
WINDSURFING IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST THE TIME ON THE WATER. It´s an attitude to life. It´s an endless search. We can´t ask for a better teacher than our sport.
Enough said - ENJOY THE RIDE!
Windsurfing gets a mention on BBC Radio 2. Chris Evans interviews the RYA Chief Dinghy and Windsurfing Instructor Amanda Van Santen. Its good to see windsurfing getting such high profile airtime.
Last week we showed a video with tips for the vulcan, this week take a look at how to make an Upwind 360. Something to try next weekend if there are no waves.
More Windsurfing Videos
Team 15 - The dates for the SW regional Team 15 events have now been confirmed. For further info on the Team 15 clubs in the area visit here.
Sunday May 20th Siblyback
Sunday June 10th Roseland
Saturday July 21st Roadford
Saturday Sep 15th Polkerris
The final post is a interview with Mark Angulo, it is an interesting 20 minutes. .
- 09/03/12 -
This week we have a three video's show casing Olympic windsurfing and the two Team GBR sailors who will be competing in Weymouth this summer. First up is Nick Dempsey explaining 'what is Olympic windsurfing', then Bryony Shaw talks about her selection and then Nick Dempsey provides a few tips for the carve gype.
Freestyle Challenge - For those who have wondered how to attempt a vulcan here is a great video giving you all the tips you will need.
More Windsurfing Videos -09/03/12
Reactive Water Sports / Windsurf Plymouth Weekender - The dates for your diary are the 9th/10th June. Look forward to a weekend of water sports indulgence at Siblyback Lake and not forgetting Dave's infamous BBQ. Lets hope we get similar wind this year, but without the rain. Its a weekend open to all abilities, ages and families so dust of your tent and come and join in.
Windsurf 4 Cancer - This years date has now been confirmed, Sunday 6th May. We are currently considering options as a suitable fundraiser if you have any ideas or activities you feel you would like to be part of or see organised then please email Tim Cross. We aim to have a plan in place by mid March. Last year six local windsurfers raised £600 by windsurfing 46 miles around the Port of Plymouth perimeter. Full Story here.
14th Feb 2012
After a two week spell of light breezes and coldness, it seems like it may change this weekend. Dave Ewer's wave clinic which was planned for the 11th Feb ended up being postponed due to light winds. Give the shop a call -01752 403300- to see if its back on this weekend, looks hopefull. There are rumors of a local
wave competition later in the year, something for all of us to aspire
Robby Naish gives an interview explaining how he started windsurfing, and how he now focus's on avoiding injury to ensure he does not miss out on the next sail.
Will Rogers latest column in Boards.magazine has now been published, he writes about our Fear of Missing Out.
Club Development Meeting - The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 20th February, 7.30pm @ Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club. Please email to let us know you are able to attend.
2012 Beach Day dates are now published the first one is scheduled for the end of this month, Sunday 26th February. The format is the same, the best location will be chosen based upon the forecast given. This year we will offer a theme dependent on the forecast although it was clear from the Poll that the majority of you aspire for the waves. The beach day themes will look to provide for all during the year including gybing, freestyle, jumping and speed. If the forecast is for light wind's and the weather suitable a family BBQ will be suggested at a suitable beach.
2nd Feb 2012This weeks video showcases windsurfing in Cornwall, its slightly bias to the west of the county, although its good to see a regional marketing team recognising the benefits of windsurfing as a recreational activity. It will be interesting to see if Devon produce something similar.
27th Jan 2012 - Looking at the forecast we are entering what could be the longest period of light winds since September. What a great month January has been. Many of us out and about enjoying the breeze along with the very mild conditions. Its great to see people posting photo's of the various sessions on the Facebook group page.
(Above - Photos by Harry Newton @ Bigbury 19th Jan 2012 - W/NW - 4.7m - 3.2m swell, windguru)
The photo's below show Bigbury in the same wind direction as above, although with a windguru swell prediction of 2.1m. It is well worth noting how much difference the swell height effects the conditions, for those looking to sail Bigbury when the waves are more managable look for a windguru forecast of less than 2.5m.
(Photo's - Jack Keller @ Bigbury 22nd Jan - W/NW - 4.7m - 5.5m - 2.1m swell, windguru)
Embrace The Revolution - Will Rogers has joined the world of journalism as a monthly columnist for the new Boards online Magazine. If you are yet to read the positive words Will has to say about Windsurf Plymouth in his first article, then visit the site its well worth a read. It would be great if you could find the time to add a couple of words alongside the supportive comments already written by Dave and Matt.
Clinics - There are rumors that Dave Ewer will be running clinics again during 2012, please call 01752 403300 for more details. It is hoped there will be a wave clinic late Feb - early March. The below video is not of locals sailing although its highly inspiring, what are your windsurfing aims for 2012?
Take a look at the video below to remind yourself of how much fun the safe waters of Siblyback Lake can be in a strong NW'ly. Video by Paul Wright. The lake is open Saturday's and currently shut to non-members on Sunday's until April.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Its been windy, windy, windy and has not yet got really cold, below are a few clips of you in action during 2011.
During the next month I will be updating the website, so if you have thoughts on what should be included or any amendments to the information on the website then please email. One example; is that the Facebook group page is proving to be a real success. With lots of useful info about where and when people are sailing being posted. Therefore as of the end of this week the Forum on the website will disappear.
It has been mentioned that it would be preferred that the Facebook page is not used as a notice board to sell kit, please could we ask that you post any kit for sale on Frontside Boards, a local service which has been set up to help you sell your secondhand kit on.We look forward to seeing you down the beach during 2012.