As March rolled on with some epic forecasts from the EA (!?) the Silver Surfer continued his worthy run from feb, but as any bore surfer knows, things soon change! We also had a brief visit from Tootsie again, and with the crude warnings of F&M blitzing the landscape, the crowds fortunately stayed away. It was the same old story though of high fresh levels, as sabrina called around for her monthly meetings, so upriver was a rarely visited location. In April, Cuts got to experience the magic carpet, and Wiz pullin off some rad stunts! By May, a dry spell finally intervened, and some fun tides were found on a lower river. And perhaps, in late May, the record books were again opened, as Wizard and Wiz Jnr, rode the wild Boats - first bore-riding father and daughter we think!?
Sadly no pics to go with this one at the moment. Just need to get hold of some software again and then will get on the case....
Saturday 10th to Tuesday 13th March
Sunday am, and this was the biggie!! EA had said 5*, but I don't think the crowds that lined the A48 carriageway at Over bridge would have much agreement with that! Well those in the know, know where to go, apparantly? Yet it seemed the game was up!! As Silver, Drop Down, Buffalo, and Toes took there positions at Boats, a flock of boaters sitting up stream decided to head on down to join the party. And then four more surfers appeared across the eastern dunes!! Well experience appeared to pay in the end, as the riders eeled off the backing face one by one, leaving Toes and Drop to negotiate the canoes. Drop went inside (bad call!?) and Toes decide to plough outside straight through a head of two foot frothing foam. With a brief display of Mr Wiggly, a three foot shoulder was the reward. Then a quick choo-choo to the crowds and Toes stepped off onto dry land as the canoeists got inadvertently trounced on the shallows! Beware Sabrina's wrath oh feeble boaters!
Indeed, u might have noticed the Silver did not survive the line-up, and that was to be the start of the end of his perfect record!! On to E-Land and neither Toes nor Silver got a ride. The wave was great, as Wizard rode up from the bottom bend on a 4 foot shoulder. But guess, Toes and Silver were thirsty for a mouthfull of silty, river nectar instead!
On the westside of town, the toe-in team were playin shuffle on the line-up as Jaws rose around the bend. Again Feet did a perfect he's not lookin, quick paddle behind him on Buffalo. But they both put in a graceful display across Sabrina's smooth flesh, as Wizard glided up and down her foaming head. (OK, r things starting to get a bit to abstract now??) As the guys kicked out, Feet was unaware that Skipper was up to some boat bore-ing behind him, and as he sat up collision was unavoidable! Bit of a choaking there I think - if it's not fridges, or dead cows, it's boats!!!
Well, I remember an 80's pop-combo called 5*, but I sure as hell don't remember seeing a 5* bore on 11th March 2001. It's all about prevailing conditions, u see. But hey, wot we found was sure as hell fun!
Monday morning, the pressure was starting to rise, but the wind was still westerly and the tide was still racing. The river had dropped down a bit mind, and a few new banks were showing. This was Buffalo's boats! Silver did a very prompt eel, Toes chewed more water, and Wiz just cruised for while. But, up towards the mixer, Buff scored a lovely walling face and finally got the chance to put on a show for Cuts' film reel. He was hooting like the king of the prairie after that one.
Then, oh dear oh dear!! U know what's coming - from Silver Surfer to Silver Spoon. Yes, at E-Land, Silver scored the first triple spoon of the year, as he went for another drink in the deeps. The Wiz got unexpectedly caught in a double builder, as his board was dragged from under him, leaving Toes and Buff racing for the shoulder past three foot of head. When they reached mid stream, the wave again backed, but beyond the boozer, things improved again, and a quick wall gave the goofys some practice on their backhands, before the long walk back.
Tuesday was a dropping tide, accompanied by rising pressure and NW winds. Wizard had Boats alone, with another solid 3 foot display. Buff and Toes decided to try the wide channel for a longer ride. The shoulder barely maxed at a foot, but they both cruised back to the pub and the car. Jaws did it's dropping thing with a nice peeling drop-in - Toes scored the shoulder, Buff took a drink!
Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th April
So, Sunday morning, with no excuses, the alarm was set extra early, and it was a three man show on the bank. The wave was a gem, reaching upto 5 foot on the shoulder, towering up behind Toes and Silver as they chilled on the shoulder. A light offshore wind held the face up all the way into the mixer. Funky had taken the light option, still fearing those paddles, and stepped out of the soup onto the sand. Toes and Silver meanwhile got caught in a vicious tide race of around 20mph. It was just a case of digging hands into the mud on the bank, cos there were no reeds to clutch, and a haul up the bank. Silver even got sucked over a mini waterfall into a pit! A real rollercoaster ride in itself!! At E-Land the flow was more like the Amazon, and the guys clung to the reeds on the far bank to stop drifting. Wizard appeared around the corner followed by Cuts rolling film a la boat. Wiz had already surfed backwards past the Inn, and done a head stand along the Canoe Graveyard ( ed yep there's a new one 4 u all to work out!). Now he came cruisin around the bend carvin up and down a beautiful head high right hander. With the flow it happened to be one of those waves where your in it or u'll miss it. And one by one, Toes, Silver and Funky slippery eeled their way up and over the wave!! Wiz disappeared into the distance, to eventually pull off a nose ride at the end of the road on the flooded river.
STOP PRESS!! If any ya want to see some of that morning Cuts spent in the boat and hear a bit about Wiz's career, PLUS some snazzy clipets from the last year of bore surfing, then CHECK OUT LONGBOARDING UK2K!!! It's one heck of a film apparantly, and im not just sayin that cos i know the guy who made it!!??? Should be in the shops soon or u can track a copy direct from Cuts...
Now then, where was I? Oh yes, Monday morning, well punctuality played again. A bit of dilly and dally occurred as Buff discovered there was no board for Holey Feet to use - just recovered from his injuries! So as he stood back to watch, Buff, Silver and Wiz legged it down the banks towards the rising peak. Toes swiftly grabbed the Boats triple crown, by letting the current do the running for him, and drifted down onto the towering shoulder. The wave was almost identical to the previous day, and everyone was cruisin and stokin! As Wiz hopped off onto the sands, Toes raced the shoulder over the shallows, as Buff and Silver headed on into the lagoon, only to have a hurried jog back to make it onto E-Land in time.
Some quick planning and a swift pick up meant Holey had a board. One of the Wiz's former quiver, clocking in around a ton, and as brown as the river from which it was born! Once there, and while the others hung wisely upstream, Toes drifted down to get the wave on the bend. But today Sabrina was not playing ball, Toes landed himself in the flow, and eeled straight over her back! Fortunately the wave behind decided to pick him up instead, and Toes got an unconventional and choppy ride back to where the others picked up the solid head of water. Holey was stokin to be back, and afforded a few seconds on his feet before returning to the safety of prone haven! Wiz and Buff were all over the face, and Wiz put in yet another headstand. The crew had a long ride and there were a lot of smiles, well, except for the one who dropped-down too far!!
Tuesday am, and Buff, Toes and Silver decided to chill out on the channel for the wanning tide. A brisk northerly wind was blowing and the channel was as wide as ever. The wave was small, and a real case of up and down. Unwisely the crew cruised on past the Inn, along Leicester Square. Access was limited so it was essential that the guys surfed the next half mile, to get out on the only road, surrounded by closed F&M fields. Silver, always looking for insane style, took a thumpin over the Moguls as he was flipped by a foot of foaming mush, and bravely, and safely, risked the farmer's wrath on his route back to the car. Buff and Toes safely made it to the get out, after much prone surfing through small, choppy shallows, and realised they now had a very indirect 3 mile walk along the roads and through the village to get back!! The walk was long, but hey the ride was worth it!
Monday 7th May
A QUICK ASIDE! Congratulations to the mighty Buffalo, who did the barmy army proud last weekend in reaching the quarter finals of the Welsh Longboard Classic, fielded by the likes of Guts, Beau Young, Wingnut, Dan Harris, Sam Bleakley and a host of the best. Buff eventually came 3rd= in his quarter with Jake Keward. Good work u mighty warrior!!
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May
As far as the season's trophies go...Even though the Silver Surfer showed some admirable spirit and determination, while holding that Spoon, the rider of the month must be passed elsewhere. Well, with a display of dazzling magic, from head to back, a huge river mileage and clearly a natural progeny, the Bore Rider of the Month award has to pass to the Wizard. At the same time, the newly founded, Cuts memorial, Style of the Month award goes to the Buffalo for a sea style display on March Boats. Keep stokin everyone, and see u all out there soon....
PS July banks for footie??