All this ‘tropical’ weather is bringing back fond memories of our trip to Wales back in September. The waves were pretty small, the sky was grey, but the Welsh hospitality was warm as ever. Thanks again to PJ, Linda, Nate, Beth and the Llantwit Major crew…
Ahoy there! Its nearly the end of July, just incase you forgot! A lot of folk down here in Kernow have; its definitely an odd summer, and hasn’t really gotten started. Everyone’s talking of a kink in the jet stream which is bringing this never ending grey drizzle. Other people are talking of Mother Nature’s weather patterns totally changing as she is not happy with the way us humans are treating her, and she’s preparing for an ice age to shake us off for good!!
It is odd tho, even a poor mink whale, apparently lost off course, got washed up at Mawgan Porth last week, which is strange! The last time we had a consecutive run of sun and proper waves was March! But when the sun is beaming, and there’s solid swell with light offshore winds and not a cloud in the sky, there’s really no where else i’d rather be. If you were in the south west in March you know where I’m coming from.
Mitch has had the right idea, he’s hit Indo for a coupla months. Haven’t heard from him for a while so maybe he’s deep in a jungle somewhere or out on an island……that or he’s fallen in love with a benchong! All I do recall in my last chat with the man was that he was keen to surf three times a day, get barralled off his nut and get super fit, with the start of the winter swells back home not too far away. Good lad. Simple plan. Like his style.
It got me fired up to do the same, trim up for when the winter swells start happening, and they’re not too far away. That’s why I’m loving being a part of the RNLI lifeguard crew at my local, North Fistral beach this season. I pretty much grew up on the beach and now get to go to work there, keeping an eye on the beach with the boys and training in the sea every day. Training for lifeguarding is perfect as its great training for surfing, and I feel lucky to be able to get out in the sea everyday. Bodysurfing, sea swims, long distance board paddles, short-boarding, long-boarding, all getting a sea hit and with the winter swells in the back of our minds. Then at the end of the day i come home and relax with the family.
So she’s been a strange old summer so far, but hopefully those swells will be stacked up on the chart in a couple of months time and thats a reassuring thought! I’ll hopefully be stepping into the unknown with Mitch again, and just the thought of finding some worldclass waves hidden away somewhere in the UK gets me buzzing…cant wait.
Let the good times rollllll!
‘Fans’ of The Endless Winter may want to keep up to date with the pretty envious life of Mitch Corbett via his facebook page. He posts from all over the world, and he’s got a pretty epic winter planned. Get inspired, get jealous…
Forget James Arthur, Mark Harris and Mitch Corbett are on track for a Christmas number 1 of their own!
The Endless Winter is currently sitting pretty at the top of the MagicSeaWeed DVD sales chart (one of the biggest surf sites in the world), fingers crossed we can hold out and claim our title as Christmas number 1.
OK, so it’s not the national singles chart but it’d be a pretty good Christmas present for the team so if you haven’t already got a copy under the tree, you can get one at magicseaweed.com and these other equally smashing retailers…
The Museum of British Surfing (in store only)
Rise Music Shop (in store only)
The Bay Surf Shop (in store only)
Gloucestershire’s Steve King has set a new world record by riding a wave for 12.8 miles. The surf lasted for an eye watering 64 minutes!
Steve set his new record on the Bono tidal bore on the Kampar River in Sumatra, Indonesia. Steve was already the world record holder having surfed 7.6 miles on the Severn bore back in 2006.
“The waves go up to 25mph and reach 10ft so they are three times as big as on the Severn. We saw a couple of small crocodiles and that was scary because where there are babies you’re also going to find the mums. You certainly don’t see them in the Severn. Breaking the record is fantastic. I only stopped when the wave finished.” Steve King via Magicseaweed.com
Hats off to Steve, a gent of a man and one of the biggest characters that we met on The Endless Winter road trip. Check out the Severn Bore section of the film to see Steve in action – surfing backwards, dodging over hanging branches and head standing on his board – Hero!