Almost time to leave Mexico. I have had an amazing time with some super fun waves. Long journey home begins soon….
Been in Santa Cruz, California for 2 days now. Been hanging with Brendon and Davey (travel partner for the trip). It’s a really weird place, with odd (to say the least) people, but the wave, Steamer Lane is really fun, which makes me very exited for the contest, the O’niell Coldwater Classic. Oh and it’s cold!!
A few of the South African boys went and checked a point a little bit south of the main break here at Arugam Bay. The waves were a bit dissmal, but it was still fun to surf with all the guys…..
Dale conquers all possible sunburn with “the mask”
The Royden Bryson backhand sanga….
And Davey Weare
Lesson 1. When at roving venue………you have to get them “wheels” – check out Davey Weare’s Blog.
Lesson 2. Get the fricken contract roaming cellphone……..even if you use it for emergencies only……things DO go wrong…..you need a phone !!!!(eg. this year already I’ve missed a flight to Hawaii because of a delayed connection flight, I’ve been chased up a hill to sit out a Tsunami and got stuck in Scotland because of some restless volcano in Iceland).
Lesson 3. For most of the contests, we travel to the arse-end of the world…….there is NO surf shop to buy the super cold-water wax or the big-wave leach……take it with you, and some spares as well…..Davey had a lot of bargaining power with his cold-water wax.
Everyone chose a different path home. Some drove to Europe, some hung in Scotland, some didn’t know what to do, some caught trains, some went to airports, some spent all day at the pub waiting and some, like me, drove to London. It was my first time in London and luckily I met up with one of my good friends, Brendon, who also did the drive to London. He knows the joint really well and took us to see all the tourist stuff and we went to some sick shops too. Airspace has opened and almost all the boys have got flights home. I’m on the airport at the moment and really relieved to be leaving only a day and a half later than originally scheduled. I must say if it wasn’t for my mom’s orginization, I would still be stuck somewhere in Thurso. The first picture is of a few of us hanging at the hotel, still stranded, mainly watching the news and having a beer, the second one is on the morning the airspace opened – I’m checking out a plane about to land, a rare sight over the last week….
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Lord Royden Bryson…. Well what can I say? The guy deserved to be a Lord after his performance today. He had being getting the job done all week, making heat after heat, leaving his best for last. A 16.60 semi-final heatscore and a 14 in the final. He sat for roughly 26 minutes, a heat restart included after 10 minutes with no waves, before opening his account with a massive 8.67 in the deteriorating conditions. From there on out he was in the drivers seat and the next thing he knew he was on the shoulders of Dave Weare and Brandon Jackson and being awarded surfing’s coolest trophy soon after. Oh he won land in the Scottish Highlands so he is officially a Lord, jokes aside. I’m really proud of the guy and that I am on speaking terms with a Lord….. Congrats Roy!!
It’s pretty common knowledge that all flights to and from the UK are grounded. Not such good news for us, who are in Scotland at the moment and have to urgently be back in SA by the weekend for a big Pro Junior event. Apparently it’s getting worse too…… Eish.
Some shots of Matt Bromley, Brendon Gibbens, Beyrick Devries, Brandon Jackson and the surrounds of the contest venue of Thurso East.
A third of the Saffa crew at the usual lunch spot. All of the worlds problems get solved around that table……
We’ve been surfing at Brims Ness for the first few days of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. All the SAFFA’s were out there free surfing until around 8 o’clock last night – almost froze to death – could not feel my feet at all. Some swell is predicted and the contest will probably move to Thurso East tomorrow.
We also took a drive to John O’Groats house – the most Northern house in Scotland – after that it’s just a few Islands and then the North Pole !!!!