I had a fun weekend down at Gwithian beach for the final BLU longboard contest of the year. After a chilly night camping in the van with my lovely friend Gracie, we were up early as the sun to see the sunrise. There were small small clean waves awaiting us when we rocked up at the beach and it looked quite inviting. It was a bit chilly though as the temperate has really dropped overnight and the stiff easterly breeze cut through the air. The waves were small but surfable and the complete opposite of the previous weekends conditions at Perranporth where the surf had been overhead.
The juniors were up first with some great surfing from the under 18’s, and it was nearly lunchtime (and high tide) before the women’s heats were in the water. The surf was fairly bouncy with lots of backwash from the cliffs at high tide, which along with the small size made negotiating a good ride to the beach difficult. I had a few ok waves it was a close finish in my heat. Unfortunately I hadn’t done quite enough to get though – I wasn’t too bummed out as the surf was forecast to drop throughout the day and with the offshore wind strengthening it was going to be even trickier later on.
My friend Gracie made it through to the final, managing a couple good rides on the just about ankle high waves – leading her to a win at the event!
My next comp is the first weekend of October at polzeath for the Jesus surf classic – one of my favourite events of the year!