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Re: Scots starting to downwind
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2016, 05:46:48 AM »
I live on east coast (England) and have made trips over the years north and south west. Mostly stopping at croyde, the drive is long enough without the extra miles to Newquay!  Sure Scotland has some great waves, can't take that away, but better than the sw and Canaries? +1 area10

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Re: Scots starting to downwind
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2016, 06:44:42 AM »
When I used to live and windsurf in the UK in the mid 80s we used to drive miles for wind. Anglesey (Rhosneigr) was one of our favourites and we'd have friends who drive up from London and the South Coast when conditions were good. I can't believe how we did it, but getting at at 5am, and driving 3 hours to be on the water at 8am, and sail until it got dark was common, and drive back another 3 hours unless we stayed in a B&B. Taking a road trip to Tiree from the NW of England was a long long trip, but for a week with 5 boards, 5 masts, 5 booms and 8-10 sails and 3 persons in a Ford Escort (1.3 no less), it was cheaper and easier than Lanzarote.. With a surf board it's a little different, but with an unlimited downwind board, which you can't put on a plane, if I lived in the UK I'd be driving for wind..
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Re: Scots starting to downwind
« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2016, 07:16:57 AM »
I live on east coast (England) and have made trips over the years north and south west. Mostly stopping at croyde, the drive is long enough without the extra miles to Newquay!  Sure Scotland has some great waves, can't take that away, but better than the sw and Canaries? +1 area10

The East Coast England is far better than the south west..

There's not a single reef in Cornwall that comes anywhere near some east coast gems.. Search and You'll find. Trust me Ive toured the whole coast virtually non stop since 91 and i have ditched Cornwall a  close out destination.. The Guys that rate it are misguided :)
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Re: Scots starting to downwind
« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2016, 11:34:38 AM »
I'm not going to argue with a fellow Zoner, but having surfed East coast for 42 years now, and having made numerous trips elsewhere, afraid I really don't share your opinion.

Yes, there are good even great breaks in Scotland and East Coast, but the SW has many great breaks too.  Saunton is a top longboard wave, Croyde is possibly the best UK beach break, Newquay has its equivalents.  Then there are numerous less well known spots that I won't mention.

East coast just doesn't get the swell frequency or period the SW does.   Trust me, I know, I live here!

Nothing wrong in telling the world how good an area is, but please don't put down many of the UK's premier breaks.  Oh, and the water is a lot warmer in the SW too!

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Re: Scots starting to downwind
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2016, 01:35:05 PM »
Of course the swell frequency is less which is why the bathymetry is better. I lived in the south west back in the mid nineties and moved to Scotland not long after, after trying Ireland for a few months.

When I lived in Cornwall, If you clock up all the waves over a year and measure the distance of each wave covered, its incredibly short and actual time spent on the plane is minimal. There literally hundreds of points all the way down the North Sea that reel for hundreds of meters every time they are on. A single session will produce fifty plus rides everyone in excess of 100 meters.

I cut my teeth in the SW in my teens an yes i loved it at the time but looking back, i wish id moved to Scotland sooner but I didn't know any better.

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