As promised by the wave gods, the clean, offshore waves predicted were finally, and very kindly delivered to our doorstep. Those days spent surfing the mush in optimistic preparation of surfing a proper slice of swell well and truly paid off. What can I say... heading in whatever the weather, whatever the wave was damn good advice!
Clare and I were ready for the new swell that was set to hit; our arm muscles were prepped, primed and ready for action and we were suitably stoked; the perfect combination!
We set our alarms early for the morning ahead, ready to hit the beach as the sun rose into a stunning cloudless azure sky. We were out of the house quicker than ever, armed with freshly brewed coffees in our own takeaway jam jars ready to fuel the long, fun surf ahead!
|Photo Courtesy of Clare James Photography|
As soon as we laid eyes on the waves peeling in front of us, our grins were unstoppable, we managed to pull on the wetties, wax up the boards and run down to the shore in record timing!
A quick pit stop at home for lunch and I set off again for another surf over at Mawgies this time with Alice. We managed to squeeze in an hour or so until the tide became too high and the beach got a little bit too busy.
The rest of my day off was spent refuelling in anticipation for a beautiful sunset surf. The swell had officially reached its peak with 5ft sets rolling in along the north coast. I got out the water early as my arms were pretty dead and ultimately useless for catching anything. Instead I took to shooting the setting sun as it cast its pink/purple/blue hues over the glassy Watergate surf. Possibly the best sunset I've seen here at Watergate.Take a peek for yourself...
|Reflections from the van window|
As we walked back up the beach we couldn't believe how quickly the conditions had changed but we were still pretty stoked that we had managed to score it first thing despite everyone telling us there was no point heading out.
|Matty on his way out of the onshore mush|
|Matty and Meli|