Sunday, 22 January 2012

Surfs Up!!! again

More winds, more big swells will it ever end this winter! I met up with Taran at Gileston to check out the breezy conditions with the possibility of taking the ebb tide toward Llantwit Major and on to Nash Point.  It was going to be one hell of a slog in really messy conditions so we drove on down to Barry Harbour again for a bit of surf practice. 
Very messy surf but the conditions beyond the breakers looked a lot cleaner.
Heading out through the shallows.
On the edge of the bay it was big and gusty, not ideal for a trip of any sort.  We opt for a bit of surfing in the swell.  Above Taran back paddles as he sees the big breakers rear up behind him.
I take a ride into shore and head back out taking an absolute beating on the way.
The waves were messy and bongo sliding was common.  We both took some crackers side on, I still think it's amazing how a simple brace on the wave keeps you from going over.
I go over and miraculously role straight back up.  Time for a Mars bar I think.
Taran surfs in as we take a well earned break.
Re-fuelled and back out for some more fun.  Taran heads out for the big swells while I enjoy taking a few fast rides.   
I decide to quite while I'm ahead and not press my luck any further.
I wade in to try an get a few shots of Taran coming in and then call it a day.
A fantastic day in the surf but gagging for a bit of decent weather so as to get a few miles under the boat.

4 comments:

stoney (Martyn) said...

I wish I lived nearer the sea :(

Stuart said...

Hello stranger, got any plans for any paddling?

stoney (Martyn) said...

Not as yet, its always a bit windy to commit to the journey at the moment.
Gagging to get out though. Taran mentioned he might get over to Angelsey in Febuary, might try and get over then if he's going.

Stuart said...

Same reason I haven't been west for a while. I think Tarans course has been cancelled until April so I don't think he's going in February now. I wish this wind would calm down, it wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't coming from the west all the time.