The Youngsters have been putting in the big performances around gower over the past few months with Jim Pope ticking the 8b+ getting headlines on UKC. But the local strong boys and girls have also been on fine form, and it will not be long before Elis gets his reward for putting in the hard yards.
Cai Bishop-Guest has had a great run of form of late, for once he seems to have survived a summer without hurting himself doing some crazy stunt. This has led to him breaking some new PB ground and in doing so he went on to repeat one of my favourite FA’s Achilles Wrath F8b. Hopefully he will continue this uninjured period and take his climbing to the next level.
Chris Shepherd has been back in town whilst on holiday from studying the universe and he came within a whisker of repeating Rob Lamey’s new route at the cove. With a grade of 7c+, Rob must have had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek as it apears to be significantly harder, but hey it is about 7c+ in Rob grades! I had two sessions taking pics of chris whilst he was working the route one from the floor and this one on the rope and I’m very pleased with the result just a shame his t-shirt wasn’t a nice bright prime colour. Chris has already left the UK for his year studying in Spain, gonna miss you buddy, catch up soon.
Been busy working on my landscape photography, and I’m especially happy with this shot of the Blue Lagoon. This is somewhere I spent a lot of time in my 20’s taking thousands of people coasteering. Taken whilst on a whistle stop tour of Pembroke with my folks, it was great fun to go for a swim with mum in what turned out to be pretty chilly water, and then wait for the sun to set and produce this great sky #nofilter
Had a week traveling around West Wales with my parents. Its great when they make it across and doing blasting around one of my favorite parts of Wales was always going to be a winner. Saw some great castles and plenty of the coast although unfortunately it was super flat so there was no opportunity for a cheeky morning surf, Dad made van life a lot brighter with his cigar box guitar playing!
Looking forward to a holiday to Portugal soon with Rhod and Andy for a bit of a surf adventure . Its been a long time since I went on a holiday that included no work. Some how Portugal has never been on my must visit list but it looks amazing. Hopefully we should get a mix of DWS and Surfing as well as explore a bit of Portugal.
Also had some a new tattoo from Andy at his place, check out Hidden Jewel Tattoo Studio or on Facebook to see some of there amazing work! the only downside is I have to know stay out of the water until it is healed and I’m super keen to get loads of surfing done before Portugal. But after Andy did my Phoenix tattoo, which is amazing, I was super keen for him to do the next one and when he said he had a time slot ……