The next morning the forecast was for lighter wind, so the entire crew headed out for a surf. I decided to put a foil under my board and try to get some surf foiling in. We drove to another beach with a river mouth, which a local had told me is surf foil heaven. Wave after wave and pump after pump we got our morning exercise and ‘stoke’ in to sit satisfied at the lunch table. While sipping on our coffee we saw the wind filling in with a cross-onshore direction and some head-high waves. Olly, Alina and I took an 8, 9 and 10m STOKE for a spin, curious as to the performance of the new version in cross-onshore wind. The speed of the kite was good, but would it still drift as well as yesterday in the offshore wind? While setting up for the bottom turn I sent the kite up to 12 to gain some more momentum to get as vertical as possible and I couldn’t believe how easily it climbed up the window with that onshore wind direction.
After four days of kiting, shooting, enjoying the surf, and watching an astonishing sunset every evening we decided to drive towards Wales, as the conditions looked a bit more promising there than Cornwall. We had a local guy on our side to show us around the beautiful and rough landscape. The forecast looked pretty challenging – light, gusty and offshore wind, but we had hope and a positive attitude. After a serious driving mission from Cornwall to Wales we scoped out the forecast and set up a plan for the next morning. We decided to gamble and go for all or nothing. Waking up at 5:30am for breakfast, continued by an hour drive into ‘no-mans-land’, followed by another hour walk through sheep-land we arrived at a spot that could be straight out of ‘The Lord of the Rings’. We arrived at a rough and untouched beach surrounded by cliffs worn down by millennia of harsh conditions. The wind was light for the 10m and super gusty, but beautiful and peeling waves stretched out in front of us. I couldn’t wait for the media crew to set up their gear and before I knew it I already had some bangers in the bag before the clock hit noon. More than stoked I got out the water, with a smile from ear to ear, asking if we could stay a bit longer for another session.
Starting this trip with the intention of traveling to the other side of the world – Hawaii or Mauritius – and eventually ending up in the UK couldn’t have turned out better than this. I fell completely in love with this country, the open attitude of the locals, and of course the new kite. We couldn’t have wished for better conditions and as the UK isn’t overshot yet, we were able to produce some magical and unique content… ■