Atlantic Overdrive – Surf Line

0


Photo: Claire James

British printer Clare James embarked on a classic Cornish chase with two of her favorite female subjects and their loyal dog. “When the open beaches of Cornwall in the UK are destroyed by a strong cross storm surge, you have to seek shelter,” says Jason Lock, Euro Ed of Surfline. “For best friends Emma Fraser-Bell, Lottie Lewis and photographer Clare James, who are all from the de facto surfing capital of Cornwall in Newquay, that meant staying in the sheltered and crowded places in town or heading to the west. ”

Photo: Claire James

“So glad we drove out of town,” Emma said, as the trio managed to pack four boards and two dogs into the car (one being Emma’s ever-present surf dog, Meli). “It was great. I hadn’t heard any good reports from Fistral at all. So when we got to the west it was 3 to 4 feet and we were foaming to get in. As soon as we got there. did, however, we realized it was a bit bigger than that. We had never surfed there before and didn’t realize how dark it could be. I took out a 6’6 ″ Sempa Surf two-plus-one – a cute little cruising board – because I thought some of the sets looked super fast and close and I could pick a few over the reform. It was definitely the right idea. I crashed a bit, got face to face with a little seal a few times. It was a great Sunday. In fact, it looks great all week, so me, Clare and Lottie all synced the time off to get in.

Photo: Claire James

“Normally we’re pretty focused on checking the forecast and planning our surfs, but this morning it was a last minute idea,” said Lottie. “We were all free, we were twiddling our thumbs and wishing for a Sunday mission, so we headed west to find shelter from the 20 foot swell. Looking back, we probably should have headed a little further south, but got excited at the first place we checked and adapted. The sets looked big enough but not unmanageable, so Em and I left the dogs on the rocks with Clare, who was shooting, and rowed through the rip at Hayle Rivermouth. It was probably the longest paddle of the winter so far, and the coldest. Naively, I went without a hood, but we managed to make it through a very long and bulky ensemble. I had just picked up a used Channel Islands twin-fin that I was desperately looking for, so I was looking forward to at least one wave among all the hold-downs.

Photo: Claire James

“Everyone was scoring bombs and we picked up a few fun ones too, before the constant frosts on the head got too intense,” Lottie finished. “It was the first solid winter session of the season, and I always feel so much more courageous when I surf with the girls. It turns scary situations into hilarious situations, and I find it often softens the lineup too. “

Photo: Claire James


Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.