You booked your flights way back in July and you are about to board a plane to the Southern Hemisphere to escape the cold and make the most of that almost guaranteed wind. Head to logo high waves, virtually everyday, will be what greets you, yet the ominous fact that your wallet is considerably lighter may be a little unsettling on that return flight. So is it all it is cracked up to be? Well, first hand experience certainly says yes but there is a time and a place for everything, and choosing the right time to go calls upon almost Herculean powers. Predicting weather 6 months before it happens isn’t exactly easy, but in some cases there are few who may well poses such powers. One such person may well be Jony Price.
Yeah, I’m looking at the forecast, I think Cornwall will be a mess as it’s so big, but some fickle reefs in deepest darkest Wales will be all time! Going for a look..
The 2013 UK amateur wave champion had a crucial decision to make, stay at home, finish his studies and risk the chance that 100 days of snow may strike or head south. It was, and is, the former that he opted for and so far the rewards have been so rife that he may well have scored more sessions than anyone south of the Equator, albeit with as much rubber protection as he can muster.
We caught up with Jony late last night whilst he was squatting in a few hours studies at his University library in Cardiff, Wales. Before packing his beloved ‘van’ and heading right back out to the wild wild west for today’s mighty storm he left us with this comment – “Yeah, I’m looking at the forecast, I think Cornwall will be a mess as it’s so big, but some fickle reefs in deepest darkest Wales will be all time! Going for a look..”. We wished him well and promised him a feature before he returns home today.
Now, don’t mistake us, we certainly favour the warmth here at Boardseeker but when it’s going off, temperature is rarely a factor worth considering thanks to advances in wetsuit/drysuit technology, more on that soon. What’s more, when it is happening in your home ground then it can be really hard to beat it. So without further ado we go over to Jony on what is unmistakeable the best festive season ‘since-records-began’*, and let’s face it, today only confirms that ‘fact’ even more.
* – we don’t have conclusive evidence of this but something tells us it is pretty darn epic!