Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Monday, 14 December 2009
Although the title of this video is "light-wind freestyle", the majority of it was actually shot in a force 5, a bit on the windy side for light-wind freestyling, but great fun. Thanks to Nick for the videoing (wellaye), the legendary Mick Coffey for the background sailing, and Daisy the waterbulldog for her four-legged freestyle antics, and especially thanks to everyone who came on my clinics this year- hopefully you all had as much fun as I did, see you next year!
Enjoy the video.............
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Last week was an intermediate (chophop and carve gybe) clinic with Stephen Keane from Dublin. The wind was looking flukey in the north so we (I) made the executive decision to head down to Sotavento for strong wind and flat water. When we arrived on the first day I was surprised to see perfect head-high rollers breaking all along the sandy beach with 25kts! Perfect for wavesailing (and ponches- see vid)......................
.............but not so perfect for our carve gybe clinic! In the end, it worked perfectly as an introduction to wavesailing for Stephen, who quickly got to grips with the conditions (amazingly so as he had never sailed in waves before and the conditions were tricky to say the least), growing noticeably in confidence over the next few days.
To cap off a fantasic week he sailed out of his first ever planing carve gybe on the last day and did his first (pretty high) chophop! I´d say he´s still smiling now, back in rainy Ireland, haha!
Friday, 21 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
We have hours of video taken from all angles on the GoPro helmet cam and it is now up to Oisin to edit it all into a movie, good luck mate.
I will post up a load of photos over the next couple of days but for now here is a short clip of vid that was taken on one of the last days at Punta. Oisin convinced me that I could do one-handed shakas so I went out and punished myself for the camera (Will was most amused by the variety of splendid crashes that ensued!), and after a few disastrous first attempts I started to get closer and closer to landing one, which I eventually did, landing a clean, dry one when Oisin was doing a panoramic sweep of the bay with the video camera. Typical! Anyway, I got a couple of shady ones on video and the next day landed quite a few dry when we weren´t filming. Check out the bit of vid below and watch this space for when I eventually get a decent one on camera..................
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
At Punta we had great allround conditions sailing on 4.5s and 5s with 2-3m waves and Alex is getting closer and closer to that elusive first backloop! His forwards are now supersmooth (he learnt those in his first clinic!) and he's even landing planing and looking like he may even be ready to launch himself into doubles soon!
At Sotavento we wanted to clean up his spocks, make them more fluid and consistent. By the end of the third day he was getting about 4 from 5, compared to the 1 from 10 he was getting when he arrived. I then made him concentrate on one-handers and 540s which he very quickly learnt and became consistent at. Moving quickly on we switched to ponch training on the last day (he had never tried one but can flaka fairly consistently now (clinic no.2!), and he managed to pull one on his second try! He got some great ponches after that and, although he is yet to sail away cleanly, can now consider it another trick in his bag! Well done once again that lad- definitely a name to watch out for in the (very near) future............
I apologise for the lack of pics and vid but we were far too busy sailing, haha. Got my good friend and fellow JP/Neil Pryde teamrider Oisin Van Gelderen here at the moment, though and we are getting some amazing stuff on the GoPro helmetcam so watch this space..............
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
He learnt forwards only recently and was landing pretty wet so wanted to get his landings better. We spent two full days working on his rotation and trying to get a more lateral spin, which worked a treat and by the end of the week he was sailing away dry with a huge grin on his face- I love this job, haha.............
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The same week, I had my good friend Kev Bambra over from the UK. We had some pretty good conditions for the whole week (see Katie's vid!) and Kev was in pieces by the end, haha, check out his hands in this photo!!!!!!!! Kev is a drummer with up-and-coming new hardcore band Faceshredder and garage punk legends The Coyote Men and has a busy schedule of gigs when he gets back home- ouch!!!!!!!!!
On the topic of injuries, my good friend, young shredder Stefan Ploum (Kauli), who has been on the island since February honing his skills (and improving very quickly, incidentally), broke his foot in two places a couple of days ago crashing a big forward and will now have to return home to his native Holland for an operation,cutting short his stay by six weeks or so and missing the summer trades. Bummer. He'll be back soon, though, and hopefully he'll have a video for me to post up soon (he's got alot of time on his hands now!). Best of luck, mate, see you soon.........
Welcome to the site!
Aswell as regular features and news updates from Fuerte, I am going to be using this site to promote my windsurfing clinics.
After 15 years on the island,having competed in the PWA freestyle world cup and now representing Fanatic Boards and North Sails, I have decided to give something back to the sport which has given me so much over the years.
My aim is to provide clinics "tailor-made"for each individual, with a strong emphasis on practical in-the-water instruction, backed up by on-the-beach tuition and video analysis. The consistent conditions here in Fuerte make learning so much easier and, perhaps equally important, more fun than the typically inconsistent, cold UK - why not come over for a week and improve your windsurfing by a year!!!
I can help with any manoeuvres from carve-gybe through to advanced jumping and freestyle, just email me with your wish list and we'll take it from there! Over the next few months, I am going to be video-chronicling manoeuvres which you can check out on the right in my tricktionary sections. This will give you some idea of the things we can work on, or, if you can't make it over here, you may find them useful to help understand and break down a manoeuvre you would like to learn (hopefully, the slow-mo will help in this respect!).Just click on the trick and scroll down..........
Anyway, keep checking it out as I have loads more in my bag of tricks and will be updating as and when I get the footage.
If you're interested, e-mail me on email@example.com
See ya in Fuerte?