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Staying Local

00:00 1st February 2011 by Boardseeker
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Staying LocalGregg Dunnett Avon Beach
Avon Beach
Clyde Waite Avon Beach
Gregg Dunnett Avon Beach
Clyde Waite Avon Beach

We haven’t been blessed with very consistent wind of late in the UK. When the isobars start to squeeze, it can have a bizarre effect on everyone. A lot of us have been tempted to spend more on diesel than we need to.
Clyde Waite explains:

It is inevitable when a big depression comes your way, you slowly build up into a frenzy as it gets closer – especially when it coincides with the weekend (we are talking about a low pressure here, not a mental illness. Although some say they are related).

As the weekend draws near, the emails, texts, tweets, Skype and Facebook messages start flying around – no one can actually decide where it’s best to sail – it is actually quite stressful.

When you turn up at the beach and look at the conditions, you can’t decide where to go. You know in the back of your mind that people will be telling you later that they had it better. These mind games can and will trick you into making the wrong decisions.

You have to follow one simple rule. Even after 20 years of windsurfing, I still regularly forget it and get it wrong:

“Never drive away from wind!”

I had an amazing two days of windsurfing at one of my home breaks – Avon beach. Yes, the waves are generally (always) smaller there than Cornwall or Kimmeridge, but a) it is still February, really cold and your sessions will be short, b) the waves at Avon are clean, it’s cross off and you don’t get too cold and c) it’s just 5 minutes downt the road…

On the Sunday, following a great day of sailing on Saturday, we arrived to a slightly disappointing looking Avon. Gregg and Colin got lost in the mind games and decided to head to Kimmeridge (a 45 minute drive). I ended up having another fun day on a wave board and a 4.7. Apparently, no one was really planing at Kimmeridge.

Sometimes you should just stay local.

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