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Rest Is Best…

I went to the Rest Is Best surf kayak competition, which took place at rest bay in Porthcawl. Conditions were small, but everyone had some waves, and had some fun.

Great social evening on the Saturday, left a few people with cloudy heads for Sundays competition in heavy onshore waves.


I placed 2nd in the open high performance class, and 1st in the open international class.

Big thanks to Chris Watson for organising the event, it went of smoothly and a great time was had by everyone!


Black Rock Surf Festival 2014

So the black rock surf festival has just passed, and to say the conditions were challenging, is an understatement.

The forecast looked like it was to be big and nasty, and it certainly delivered. We turned up to big sets, and a stiff wind, which was set to build throughout the weekend.

During the contest, few people even made it out the back for their heats, and were forced to surf the inside reforms, which were still easily over head high. The force in the waves, and the wind made it to be some of the most difficult conditions I have ever had to compete in.

I was lucky enough to have had time to train on the run up to the event, including a 5 day trip to Ireland, where I scored some big clean waves, so I felt very ready for the event.

In the event I placed 1st in the Open high performance category. And ,in a VERY close final, which felt like one of the worst heats of my life, I placed first in the Open international category.


Thanks to Simon Hammond from Shoreline, for organising a great competition, and bringing the kayak surfing community together for a great social weekend.


See you again next year!


New Video!

New Video from Austen Davies –

This footage is from a road trip we took to Mundaka in 2012, but unfortunately the weather made it a wash out… Anyway, Austen has worked his magic and come up with this!

Lettmann Paddles!

Big thanks to my newest sponsor Lettmann Paddles! These beautiful paddles arrived today, and have surpassed my expectations! I really can’t wait to get out with them and put them through their paces! Big thanks for your support guys!!


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Making the News, Surfing the river!

So with the huge tides, and huge swell we have been having over the past few weeks, the river in Bude has been making waves, and we have all been getting in on the action! Here is a few pictures and videos from us surfing the wave!


Video Here:


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New toys from venom kayaks!

Just got these lovely new toys from Venom Kayaks!

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The perfect first surf boat for people of all abilities! I took it for a test drive just a couple of days ago, here are a few pics!

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2013 Stats in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Lettmann Paddles

I have just signed up with Lettmann Paddles,  one of the worlds leading manufactures of top quality paddles! I am really looking forward to working with them in the future, and using these beautifully crafted paddles!


Check them out here…

Lettmann Paddles In Action….

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English League Champion 2013

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Result!! Won the ‘Open category’ in the English League again this year (2013)!!  Thanks to all my sponsors for their support along the way:

  • Austen Davies of for his great photography and videography work through out the year
  • Mitchell Blades Kayak Paddles for suppling me with paddles through out the year
  • Mega Surf Kayaks for giving me the best boats to win contests, and being very understanding when I smash them up
  • Nookie Paddle Sports Equipment for making me the best surf kayaking kit, and endless amounts of neoprene socks
  • Sport Northern Ireland and The Canoe Association of Ireland for financial support
  • Onda Wetsuits for great suits, and keeping me warm in the water


Bring on 2014!!