We started the trip in Camber in the southeast, then headed to Poole, Hayling and Bigbury on the south coast, then to Daymer Bay in Cornwall. I think all things considering we were pretty lucky and got some good conditions. It sounds like it was a long hot summer in the UK without too much wind or waves. We had fun conditions in Poole with some decent waves, fun for a surfboard. On the second day there we had head-high waves and I was actually on an 8m. It reminded me a bit of some of the beach breaks that I grew up at in Australia and it was fun to get back on the surfboard. It’s been a while – it’s summer in Hawaii too, and we don’t get a ton of waves then.
In Bigbury we got in a great surf foil session on the first day when there was no wind. It’s a pretty cool setup there. Then on the second day an offshore wind came through which doesn’t work for kiting there, so we had a wingfoiling session with some talented locals, including some of TheKiteMag crew. I love being able to do a variety of water sports, it means you can make the most of whatever conditions you get, whether there’s wind or not, and whether it’s onshore or offshore. Our last couple of days in Cornwall, I got some more interesting wing conditions in strong tides at Daymer, whilst Hannah busted out the moves on her kite. Again it was cool to session with the locals. We ended the trip with a night out at the local Bluntrock Brewery drinking a limited edition ‘Drifter’ Coast to Coast Lager, the product of a collaboration between Cabrinha and Estuary Brewing. The beer has been produced by Estuary Brewing in the US and Bluntrock Brewery in the UK, to help raise funds for an initiative aiming to bring people with physical and mental disabilities into the sports of kiting and wingsurfing.
My trip in the UK came to an end all too soon. I am now back in Hawaii; it’s just starting to go back into wave time for us, so I’m looking forward to getting some more waves here. Towards the end of the year I might be in Peru and then the Marshall Islands have finally opened back up again, so January through March I’ll be spending a lot of time over there. It’s pretty amazing for kiting, foiling and surfing, and it’s been a few years since I’ve been there so I’m really looking forward to going back.