crew and gear
Jo Andrin – The Upwinder – 7m Airush Wave
Pieter duToit – The Film Director
Scott Williams – Film Contributor - 10m Ozone
Matt Holmes - Film Condtributor
Ray Quahs – Sugaqube
Jake Matan – Skippers Tickets Now – 6m BWS Noise
Miles Merckel – 7m Cabrinha
Julien Richards – 8m Cabrinha
Strez – 7m Airush Wave
Jonny Farrel - Frothin hard
Julien Metayer – 7m Ozone Reo
Yves Cassino – 6m Airush Wave
Matt Chambers – 7m Airush Wave
Rich Alderson – First Timer
Swell: 1.9m rising to 2m
Tide: High at 3pm at 0.92m
Departure Time: 2pm
Departure Tide: 0.91m
On Water Time: 3 hours
Observed Weather: GLORIOUS! Perfect cloudless blue skies. Warm breeze, super inviting, super exciting
The waves didn’t quite feel like they were 2m, but they were a prefect size for HEAPS of fun, abundant turns and were not intimidating (except near really shallow reef).
Set up was easy this time, thanks to the Lancelin Lodge.They found a nice friendly German backpacker to drive the van for us from Lancelin to Wedge while we kited. So I didn't have to bug the girlfriend to do it (which would have got me in even more trouble considering I missed Valentines with her, sorry babe). 9 of us met in Perth for a ride up to Lano on the Upwinder. We had a quick lunch, pre-launch meeting and got setting up. A group of 3 Dutchies met us on the beach and decided to tag along. Additionally Gary P and his mate Matt departed on the same run 15 minutes before us. Gary unfortunately had a leak in his kite and only made it round the island. As Gary is an experienced kiter, he knew it would be better to quit early and saved himself loads of grief had he kept pushing on!
The start of the run was loads of fun. The waves were working nicely at South Passage and all the way behind the island. I nearly got stranded on the very shallow reef on the south end of the island and noticed it just in time to get off it before it was too late. The waves didn’t quite feel like 2m which was great actually. At this size, they were loads of fun without ever being scary.
MIDWAY REEF, BOMBING RANGE AND SOUTH WEDGE BAY
Just super fun. Only about head high on the bigger sets but PEFRECT wind strength and direction. Too many waves to count, perfectly rippablae with plenty of opportunities to snap multiple turns per wave. Small sections that tried to barrel, but turns out I’m still a long way from getting in and out of one of these suckers. I’ve got no problems getting closed out on and chewed up by a little wave but I’ve got no idea how to get in and out of tube yet.
The crew that invited themselves to join us as the last minute hadn't checked their gear. One of their bindings came loose along the way and in my emergency bag I have a pump and a mobile, but not a screwdriver. It's been added to the bag for future runs! They managed to improvise to tighten it enough to finish the journey.