Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Maui antics!

Well I have lots of photos to post, so I'll let them do the talking! Ho'okipa,shots from Jimmie Hepp and our new camera:
Bit of surfing too at Ho'okipa:
Jumping at Sprecks, was sooo windy I needed my 3.4 but only have 3.7 here!
Giving the Simmer Frugal a blast at Kanaha. I need to give it another go but first impressions are good! Early planing and good volume in the tail to rescue some late hits wave riding. I am going to move the fins a bit and try another day.
Beach party at Little beach, body surfing, nakedness and fire!
Also managed to fit in a sweaty run on a no wind day...

Sunday, 30 March 2014

I'm ENGAGED!! .....and some shots from Ho'okipa!

Wow, I have had an incredible week and a half out here already, the highlight being getting engaged on my 27th Birthday on top of the 10,000ft Haleakala volcano! Stef succeeded in suprising me very well as he tried to persuade our friends to go up for my Birthday on the rainiest, cloudiest day. I didn't get the hints of Jade buying Champagne, his insistancy on going up, or my idea to ask people coming down whether we could actually see anything at the top...and his refusing to! When we got to the top it was pretty cloudy and there wasn't much light left, but he got down on one knee and asked the question...and I said YES!! There was an amazing sunset, people clapping and hooting their horns, Champagne (which we actually lost half of when it popped due to the pressure!) and drinks and a lovely meal at Flatbread afterwards. Here are some pictures:

Birthday Cake!

Jade looking smug on the way up...she knows what is coming!

So, Stef and I are pretty stoked!! We have been windsurfing and surfing too! Here are some shots from Ho'okipa from Jimmie Hepp and Tom Malin-thank you!
Some geckos outside our house...

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Australia Video!

Here is a little edit from Australia, the spots sailed are Coronation beach, Sunsets and Margaret River. It is fairly gopro footage heavy as Coronation reef is quite far out to film! I hope you enjoy it, especially anyone learning backloops- remember back hand back! (Unlike I am doing! ha ha) I'll get one soon hopefully!

Sarah Bibby K349 in Australia 2014 a Windsurfing video by sarahk349

My video was also shared on Boards with a short article, HERE

Continent Seven, HERE

and Boardseeker, in a 'Beenen versus Bibby' playoff! HERE!

I had a nice couple of surfs in Newquay and Harlyn last weekend whilst visiting some friends and my new little nephew, surfing was a little different wearing full neoprene! I also had the chance to try the C-Skins Nx Gen gloves (like thick rubber gloves), and they were super warm! 3 weeks of work is almost over, and I'll be heading to Maui on the 18th! I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Final Chapter, Australia

Wow I have been busy since I have been back trying to find a job and doing van work ready for our Irish and Euro road trip! So we now have shiny blue van shelves and a swivel seat, a few more additions to come soon too, and a photo when its finished! I have also found myself a job for 3 weeks, in a food tasting place! I deliver lots of samples round so people can compare them, everything from ready meals to steak! I never realised you could get paid as a taster!

So Australia, what a trip!

After Esperance we made the long drive back to Geraldton for 3 days forecast. Unfortunately the waves weren't quite as good as expected, but I got 3 days sailing in before the end of the trip, and luckily two water shoots from Col Leonhardt! I have never done a proper water shoot so it was really fun to keep trying moves right next to Col with whatever wind and waves happened to be there. It was really tricky, especially the second day when I was underpowered, but fun with Ben and Justyna also being photographed. Here are the results, thanks Col!

After that, to top off our trip, Col arranged for us to have ANOTHER heli ride over Perth, we felt so privileged! It was amazing and such a great end to our trip, hopefully the photos do it some justice!

We came home last Wednesday after a lot of hassle with the flights. It turned out that Stef got banned from his own flight as Qatar found out about his injury through the travel insurance trying to upgrade him, and then he didn't have their approved 'fit to fly' documents. A long story short, we couldn't fly with the re-arranged Air Malaysia flight due to our kit, the travel insurance wouldn't pay for Emirates, so we ended up sneaking on to our original booked flight in economy, Stef being very sad to give up the offer of business due to our kit! He pulled off a very good walk! Ha ha!

A few facts about our trip:

We drove around 7000km, that's about 70 hours with an average of 100km/h. Here are the main places:

We spent about £650 on fuel for 6 weeks, not bad for the amount of driving! Good job fuel was cheap...

We stayed in 4 different campsites, for about 6-7 nights total. The rest we stayed in lay-bys, carparks, rest areas etc. We got to know the bush well!

I windsurfed at Lancelin, Sunsets (in Geraldton), Coronation and Margaret River and Boatramps. Unfortunately Gnarloo and Esperance didn't work while I was there.

Meals on our 1 hob cooker was pasta and sauce or eggs on bread, pretty budget and simple! I was looking forward to the aeroplane food on the way home!

I saw scorpions, massive ants, bees and wasps. Nothing else dangerous at all, no sharks or jelly fish!

I would love to return to Australia, if not just to see Esperance in the sun and sail there, and also score Gnaraloo. Coronation was probably one of the most fun places I have sailed when there are waves, it is an un-punishing playground of ramps upon ramps to launch off and ride and the best place I have ever sailed to improve my jumping. I was surprised how weak the waves were at Lancelin and Coronation, in that they were pretty crumbly, so I didn't get a whole lot of really good riding in Australia compared to Chile. (But I went to improve my jumping mainly anyway). Margaret River was better but the way the wave breaks wasn't my favorite kind of riding. I think Esperance and Gnaraloo would have been fun if they had worked, hence wanting to go back, especially when Stef can sail too! I was also amazed how spread out the windsurfing was and how much you would have to drive to find wave spots if you worked in Perth. A 10 hour round trip isn't uncommon for a weekend during working!

I have 3 weeks now to work as much as possible before Maui on the 18th March. Lots of 12 hour shifts...