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7 March 2006

Surfing in Perranporth

Location : Reading, England.

I'm back from the surf trip to Perranporth. I didn't surf on this trip. The waves were not inviting at all(messy, choppy and onshore winds), definitely not as nice as Lahinch in Ireland so I felt that the inevitable brainfreeze of a winter surf was not worth it. I guess you could say my main intention was to observe the surf competition but I didn't get to watch most of it because it wasn't really a priority. It would've been better if I drove there on my own...but nevertheless, the antics of the surf club members made up for it!!! This photograph kinda sums up the trip pretty well :-

The legendary Will in his finest hour

Lots of drinking, fooling about, making out and some surfing seemed to be the order of the day. The victims of ridicule were the same as the first trip to South Wales and the second trip to Newquay in December. All in all the experience has been highly entertaining :-

Started off like that...
Will 1
Andy the magician and his volunteer
Will 2
Midnight snack?
Will 3
The bucket isn't even properly balanced on the toilet roll!
Will's balancing act
First bus to arrive
First night 1
At the local pub on Perranporth beach
First night 2
Paddling on sand
Surf lessons
Let's go drink some salt water
Off they go
Watching rugby in the sun
Club's brand new hoodies
You will never reach the top
Moving climbing wall
The competition scene
Fistral Beach in Newquay
Tom & gang
Not really the most comfortable bed around
Sleepy head
Will getting his revenge!
Andy getting gaffer taped
Gaffer the matress around him!
Gaffered against his Will!
Andy wasn't really a good escape artist
Final product
Imitating Michael Jackson?
Unable to keep his balance
This is my prize
Pete proclaiming victory
Newbies to the club
Newcomers 1
Alex the G-man, Greg and Sean
Look at my goatee
Committee members
Newbies to the club too
Newcomers 2
Saffron & gang
Night out 1
I was drunk
Night out 2
I like this shot of Sam
Nice shot of Sam

Phew! So that's some of the photographs from the recent weekend. My last 3 weeks have been hectic, busy and tiring with the surf trip to Ireland, Danish visitors for a week and then it was this trip with the surf club to Perranporth in Cornwall, UK. I'm looking forward to settling down and just go swimming for a month or two before (I assume) the water will be warm enough to go surfing on my own every weekend.

For a surf club that's smack right in the middle of nowhere near the ocean, I'd say the University of Reading's surf club is a pretty active club made of nutters. After four surf trips organised throughout the winter, they're meeting up again tonight to elect a new committee for the coming academic year. I might just pop in to say hello to some of them but that is if I can drag my ass outta bed. There will not be anymore surf trips with the club except for a possible major overseas trip in the summer to Hossegor, France, or Tenerife, Spain. Hossegor is somewhere I definitely want to go not just to surf but apparently, the summer scene at the beach in Hossegor is legendary. Somewhat like Byron Bay in Australia(I've been there). Hmm...maybe I should buy a campervan and drive down to France...

Posted by Ripcord at March 7, 2006 01:56 AM


You want to go to Hossegor last 2 weeks of september; Quiksilver Pro. Although you'd never get a wave with so many out there!

Posted by: someone else at March 7, 2006 07:49 AM

is tht will drunk? ahahahhaha
hope he doesnt visit ur website though... hehehehhe

work + play... thts the way... those are all students of University of Reading?

you look so OUTSTANDING on that 'Night Out 2' picture...

u the oldest ? ehehhe

Posted by: zbjernak at March 7, 2006 10:50 AM

yes, lucky you! cute random pictures, enjoy your week ;)

Posted by: nat at March 7, 2006 09:30 PM

someone else : don't think i'm good enough to be surfing quiksilver pro!!! yeah i know what u meant... :)

zbjernak : yeah, Will was drunk. and they are all students from the university.

Posted by: Ripcord at March 8, 2006 11:02 AM

Hey it was safe to say i had had a few, not that this should detract from the gravity defying achievenments of the rest of the surf club-i'm pretty sure i didn't put them there.
Thanks Edwin for sharing that beautiful moment with the world.

Posted by: will at March 8, 2006 11:30 AM

Haha those photos are awesome!! Looks like it was so much fun!! LOL @ the duct tape and balancing acts!!

Posted by: Joanna at March 8, 2006 12:22 PM

will : you know it had to be done! =) it would've made an awesome WKD commercial!

Posted by: Ripcord at March 9, 2006 03:33 AM

Will is amazing...

Posted by: Kevin at March 10, 2006 02:25 AM

There is actually a site I came across a year ago with photos of this prank sent in by people. I think it is a Brit site. After a night of boozing, someone's mates would compete to stack as much junk on someone who is passed out. Then take a photo and send it to the site for publication.

I can't remember what the name of it is. A search of Google for "sleeping stack booze prank" turned up nothing familiar in the first 100 results.

Posted by: Tim Yang at March 12, 2006 06:03 AM

thanx for the compliments

Posted by: will at March 16, 2006 09:47 PM

wow im envious, that looks super fun!! :)

Posted by: fuzzy at April 3, 2006 04:39 AM