Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Surf Dog

After a week with no wind (so lots of biking for me), normal service was resumed this week with plenty. Three days on wave kit using everything from 3.7 to 5.2, and some very nice waves at times - although mainly when I was going out through them.

Here's a pic of our pooch Gizmo chekin out de action. You can see how windy it is by the way his fur is blowing in his eyes:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Windy Christmas and New Year

First of all, belated seasonal greetings from Snr Gizmo ...

and what festive season we've had here ! The wind has been blowing non stop for the past couple of months just like it does in the summer, and we've been windsurfing pretty much every day including X-mas and New Year. Here's a snapshot of how the forecast looked - as I say this is how it normally looks in July or August:

After a good couple of hours on the water on Christmas day we drove up to St Cruz to have a wonderful x-mas dinner with our friends Anna, Arturo and Danny and then on Boxing day we drove out over the Anaga mountains to Taganana at the far end of the island. There's a real 'end-of-the-road' feel to the beach there and even though the swell was quite small, there were still clean overhead waves and plenty of surfers. Nikki shot a short video clip on our titchy little camera:

We had lunch in an end-of-the-road-surf-style restaurant on the beach: fantastic seafood and a glass of vino contribute to a smiling Nikki ...

Finally the last couple of days the wind has gradually been turning off, the waves have disappeared and we look like getting some flat calm days. So, time to get the bike out again - it's still dirty from the last ride, more than six week ago !

Just before the wind took a rest a friend visited el Medano with his camera and took some pics of me from the harbour wall. Not very exciting conditions - tiny waves and moderate wind ... I was using my 100 litre WitchCraft Chakra board and my 5.7m Tushingham Rock sail, but at least everything is colour co-ordinated :-)

and to finish, here's a rare pic of the two of us ...