Monday, September 3, 2012

You Know You're Knocking on a Bit When...

..... recovery after some strenuous activity takes way longer than it used too!

And that's just what I am noticing over 24 hours after the 10th World Bellyboarding Championships...although it has eased as the day has progressed. Yoga beckons as soon as this blog is updated!

If you haven't been told; then you'll have probably guessed by the pic accompanying this article; the reason for the 'secrecy' Suz n self had to adopt in the run up.

Via the National Trust and Traditional Surfing, Suz found herself being honoured to get to customise Rory McGrath & Will Mellor's boards they were to use during filming at the event.

The chaps were clearly pleased with their 'rides' which drew plenty of interest & comment and were later raffled at the Prize-giving.

The bravado waned slightly, as the realisation that their 'moment of glory' drew nearer; particularly Will. But both entered the water with gusto and exited seemingly pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as cold as they'd anticipated. Not that the obligatory post surf hot tub plunge was foregone!

All bets too, had been off long before Rory's heat, as to how long his woolen swim suit would stay on in the gnarly conditions. How shocked we were to see it still in situ at the hooter!

Now we just wait to find out the airing date!

The event personally was better than our first experience 12 moons ago for a variety of reasons. Not least, was meeting up with several Facebook friends 'acquired' at the time; most notably Rosie, Paul & Alison. But also there were a lot more 'faces' we recongnised too; too numerous to mention.

Surfing wise we both had a lot of fun in the 15 minute morning 'Expression Session, and our 10 minute heat(s) before the Kernowcopia interlude.

The conditions, as alluded to, were bigger and messier than last year and did seem a bit borderline on occasion. But we 'dug in' as it were and made as good a fist of it as possible. Digging in ,being the operative word, as keeping feet was hard going at times with a strong rip threatening to up-end plenty enough!

Finesse had little opportunity to shine with just nailing the ride being the only option all too often. I did manage one 'trick'; a board reverse on one wave that wasn't engulfing me totally; but it was never going to be enough. Consequently I suspect Suz, who appeared to have the better heat, will beat me in the rankings again. Third time lucky it'll have to be!

Either way; as we ascended into the fog that had enveloped the Wheal Coates car park post event; the grins still overshadowed any grimaces of aches and pains. That waited until this morning and the return to the grind!

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