The Start of Something New

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The End Of An Era

Firstly before I go on to report the weekends adventures it saddens me to have to say after many fiasco’s chasing my tail with formula sails it all catastrophically failed. This is another story I wont be telling. However after many hours of thinking and reminiscing of the good times in the circumstances im currently in with life I decided to to give competitive formula sailing a rest and seek a new challenge. Something I’ve always wanted to pursue and will happily go back to formula when the time is right. I would like to take the time to say thanks to everyone who helped me over the years get to winning the British title it was a brilliant 8 years and I’ve learnt so much and its now time to put this knowledge to something new to improve my windsurfing in other areas.

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Martyn Ogier in Guernsey

Martyn Ogier in Guernsey

From Martyns Personal Blog: http://martynogier68.blogspot.co.uk/

Two of the bigger sets that rolled in on Saturday 8th February.

This is the biggest I have seen Vazon Bay, Guernsey.

Vazon is a horse shoe shaped bay with a few reefs running out to sea from the middle southwards, (centres & suckies are sailable) sand from centres north and rocks lining the Northern edge.

When we get a really big swell the amount of water coming into the bay at high tide is huge and it has to go some where, centres blocks the water from going South so all the water hitting North of centres rips along the beach and out over the rocky northern edge of the bay. The rip passing over the rocks gets confused and is swept back into the bay causing huge chop.

On Saturday the swell was mast high at least but with 4 foot chop bouncing around on it until it got close enough to the beach to break. I sailed with the rip out at the Northern end then beat up wind till I could tack and ride a big un in down wind as much as possible so that I wouldn’t get battered on the beach.

A tough days sailing, 5.5m Neil Pryde Fusion HD (seriously over powered on the waves) and PATRIK Freestyle Wave 112 (I needed the volume to get out over the waves and not stall)

On the way out I was perfectly powered but as soon as I started dropping in on the waves the apparent wind was huge. Thats the most testing conditions I have ever sailed. If something had failed out in the middle of the bay it could have been curtains. 8 degrees air temp and 9 degrees water temp didn’t help.

Although I had people on the shore watching and recording it, on the water I was alone. When your in there you get on with it but afterwards when looking at the footage and back out to sea you get a strange feeling, a rush yes but hard to say if it was enjoyable.

New Spot for Ollie Acton

Here we have a few short clips of Ollie Acton

“The plan for the day was to find a flat water spot at high tide when the sun was due to shine with the view of grabbing some decent footage. With the forecast showing 35 knots and huge swells it looked like it could be a little challenging.
Having personally lived, worked and sailing at West Wittering I know the area well and there was one spot we thought would work nicely. We ended up about a mile into Chichester Harbour on a sand spit. The wind was essentially offshore there meaning that as you approaching the sand spit the chop dissipated and the wind dropped off slightly, perfect for moves and it’s definitely worth remembering for a high tide Southerly forecast!”

Jason joins the team!

Jason join the team!

XPLG would like to welcome up and coming Formula sailor Jason Clarke to the UK team! We are stoked to have Jason on board…here’s what he has to say about joining the team:

‘So Santa arrived early in the form of Patrik Diethelm and as soon as I got my first glimpse of the illusive v3 formula board, I thought its a winner! Not only is it the best looking board on the market but it is super light in construction and looks very fast! I cant wait to get it on the water and get racing’

Adam Sims in Tarifa

Check out this awesome video of Adam Sims from early 2013:

“I went solo on the the edit with this one, drawing on experience I’ve picked up whilst cutting clips with Josh from BlackLab I thought I’d make a short action filled video that was a bit more out of the norm than most windsurf edits. I wish I’d had more time to put into it as I have a whole stack of clips still including some funny party nights and a ton of moves, maybe there will be a part 2… Anyway here it is, all the action from the trip, the busted foot, the double forward crash that lead me from one hospital to the next in an ambulance and all the spots we went to along the way”