Friday 7th September – 07:45: Gary called to pick me up to
head off to sunny Bude and Penhalt Farm. After stopping at
Tesco in Launceston (and getting lost as always!) for the
obligatory breakfast, we arrived at Penhalt Farm, where
Pete had booked the club two pitches on the sunny side of
the campsite. Gary decided to leave the caravan behind and
take his (very big) one man tent…
Tents erected, we headed off to Blackrock for an afternoon
of surfing in one to two foot of good, clean waves.
Ideal to blow the cobwebs away.
After a good three hours of surfing, it was time for a
take-away. Pete turned up in “Danni” just in time to finish
off all our drinks…
Saturday: Up at 06:30, ready to catch the incoming tide,
once again at Blackrock. A good morning surfing with both
Gary and Pete gaining confidence and starting to catch some
With the tide dropping, we decided to stop for lunch and
retire to the campsite for a well-earned rest…
While I was asleep, to amuse themselves, Gary and Pete
decided to wax each other’s backs. Here they are applying
19:00: Well rested, we decided to go for an evening surf to
Summerleaze. What a great evening! A good three to five foot
wave, curling around Barrel Rock and into the harbour.
After watching a perfect sunset, we headed off into town for
Fish and Chips.
With burnt faces, we returned to camp, for a couple of cans
and drifted off to sleep to the gentle lullaby of Pete
attempting to blow up his king sized airbed.
Sunday morning: Porridge eaten, packed up and gone by 08:00.
We headed down to Blackrock, hoping to be the first on the
water. To our surprise as we drove down to the beach, we
spotted 4 – 6 – 10, no 16 surf kayaks and skis already on
What a fantastic sight to see…
Pete, as the IOPCC rep for the weekend, went and spoke to
the crowd of photographers and spectators on the beach to
find out what was going on.
Team GB, juniors and senior section, were having a social
Thanks to Pete, we were invited to join them on the water. A
chance that all three of us jumped at.
Gary proceeded to do a little jig, but unfortunately pulled
his hamstring, so he decided not to go out.
Gary stayed on the beach and filmed Pete and myself in
amongst Team GB.
This was just the perfect end to a great weekend of
fantastic weather, great surf and good company.