2019 – foil, foil and more foil!

Keeping things on sport 2019 has mainly been about foiling. 80% of my board riding shenanigans have seen my flying above the water. Windfoil and SUP foil are addictive. I’m also keen to investigate surf foiling – but that’s a work in progress. Of course, there’ve been sessions of standard windsurfing and SUP – there has to be as it’s part of my work. But overall I’m super keen on flying and the feeling and want to do more. Who would’ve thought 2ft and 10 knots could be so fun?

If you’ve yet to try some form of foiling then now’s the time. Equipment’s much easier to learn with and knowledge relating to the subject is in abundance. It mightn’t be for everyone but there’s a large portion of the watersports fraternity that it is for.

Here’re some wind and SUP foiling highlights from my 2019.

Non-POV pics: James Jagger, Nick Kingston

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Windsurf, windfoil, windSUP – the latter part of 2018

Further to my last post featuring a bunch of images from 2018 relating to windsurfing and windfoiling there have been (as is inevitable) a few more sessions that have been captured to camera via James Jagger. Here’re the pick of the bunch.

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My year of windsurfing and windfoiling, in pics, 2018

As part of my work for Windsurfing UK magazine I test and review a whole raft of equipment – sails, boards, foils and windsurfing accessories. This is in conjunction with similar work I do for SUP Mag UK.

Those who are part of the UK’s windsurfing scene will probably be aware 2018 hasn’t been great for breeze and conditions in general. The New Year started cold, snowy and fickle, so not great or inviting as far as watery shenanigans go. Then in the blink of an eye it was all change as a prolonged period of Mediterranean esque weather hit the UK like a bolt out of the blue. Here on the south coast it was wall to wall sunshine with regular 30C+ days. Still not great for full power windsurfing but with a regular 12 knot sea breeze windfoiling was the go.

Of late we’ve had a mixed bag with the return of proper wind and even some decent wave sessions in the mix. All through this I’ve been working with Windsurfing UK’s chief contributing photographer James Jagger to get those necessary shots of equipment being featured in the mag’s test section. It’s not always easy, and there’s still more to do as we head towards the final issue of the year. We’ve managed, however, in almost all cases to nail it. In some cases I’ve needed to employ my trusty GoPro, but generally between myself and James we’ve come up trumps with accompanying images for each test report.

With this in mind I thought I’d share a bunch of pics from this year (to date) that highlight the work we’ve been doing. So without further ado what follows is a selection of windsurf and windfoil images courtesy of James Jagger Photography, mixed in with a handful of point of view action cam photographs.

Big thanks to James for all his hard work and massive big ups to all the brands who’ve helped by loaning equipment for review purposes.

Brands included are –

Severne , Fanatic, Witchcraft, Loftsails, JP Australia, Duotone, KA Sails, Horue foils, Zeeko foils, Alpinefoil, NoveNove, Slingshot, AHD, AFS foils, BIC, Flight Sails.

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A bit about me, in video form

I made this little brown paper bag video ditty for LinkeIn but thought I’d share it here as well.

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Winter 2017/18 stand up paddle boarding video content roundup – non-complicated edits to help spread the stoke

As anyone who works in content creation knows video content is a good way to increase engagement on your website or social media feeds. This is even more so when dealing with action sports and lifestyle hobbies where conveying movement and stoke can sometimes be hard through written words alone. In a lot of cases video can be the best format (and the quickest).

Some, however, think video content needs to be a highly polished and well edited four minute flick that takes a while to put together, which simply isn’t true. Video content can simply be a case of mashing together a bunch of images and having them stitched into video form with a bit of music added for atmsophere. Or, you can create the kind of videos that follow below, as I’ve done for SUP Mag UK.

Starboard Hyper Nut 7’8″ cold surf testing

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Conditions all change – SUP and surf kayaking, Jan 2018

The weather can change in a heartbeat – pretty obvious for anyone living in this very same neck of the woods. Having had weeks of full power windsurfing the last seven days have seen a raft of pulsing swells – some even accompanied by sunshine. As is often the case swapping out one sport for another (or even multiple) is the best way to score time on the brine. Here are a few pics from the last few days of paddle surfing and surf sit on top kayaking.

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Winter windsurfing – the last few weeks of equipment testing

Pictures speak a thousand words. So without writing reams of prose teh following are a bunch of images that highlight what’s been going (generally) during the past few weeks. Full power windsurfing kit testing for Windsurfing UK mainly, as you can see! (Actually either moderately full power or fully lit 50+ knots days).

Thanks to James Jagger and Alex Irwin at Sportography for the images. Check out more from both of them on their individual feeds.

First up is James’ selection –

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Sunrise to sunset – images that make getting up early and getting out late worthwhile

Love a sunrise or sunset pic? Me too! And we get some crackers where I live. Allow me to demonstrate…

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A focus on windsurf hydro foiling – my (main) 2017 muse

While 2017 has had its fair share of full power windsurfing days there have been plenty of lighter air periods that normally I wouldn’t even sniff at. Previously breeze strengths in the low teens would have seen me paddling SUP. Having been passed AHD’s AFS-1 hydro foil and dedicated AHD Shark wind foiling board at the tail end of 2016 the arrival of New Year signalled getting on the foil horse proper and learning this new skill.

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Autumn 2015 – spring 2016, SUP, windsurf and land paddle action

,It’s been a decent off season on the UK’s south coast. We’ve had the usual mix of wind, waves, wind and waves and flat water days. The beginning and middle part of winter was stupidly blowy whereas 2016’s kick off saw breeze tailing off and a few clean surf periods in the mix. The last few weeks have been about predominantly flat water stand up paddle boarding and land paddling.

I wasn’t planning to document this season but when I looked at some of the video footage I had I thought why not…Here’s a snapshot of what it’s been like for me.

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