Lyme Regis has been hit by some great windsurfing conditions recently and with the conditions at their peak, Goya team rider Andy King payed the bay a visit!
Andy King competing in the British Wave Sailing Association at his stomping ground, Gwithian, Cornwall
We are of course talking about the pounding south westerlies we had last week. On Wednesday the 8th the Boylo’s team packed up the wave gear jumped in the van and headed down to Gwithian. Conditions were trickier than forecast but head high sets made for some decent wave sailing conditions. Andy King and his brother Steve had been sailing over at Marazion which offers similar jumping conditions to Lyme Regis. After a few solid hours of charging at Marazion, Andy made a call to the team at Gwithian for a surf update and duly headed over. Despite the hours of full on sailing at Marazion Andy surveyed the conditions and grabbed his surfboard in order to catch some waves before dark!
This commitment to scoring epic sessions then led to him driving up from Cornwall that night to stop the night with the Boylo’s team in anticipation of the session in Lyme the following morning….
The low pressure had been seen a long way off and was looking like it would hit Lyme Regis perfectly Friday Morning!
An early start looked like the best option with the tides at the right state and the bulk of the wind and swell hitting in the morning. Toast, cereals and tea was thoroughly shovelled down gullets and soon Andy and the team were on their way in. The drive in provided the perfect build up to the session with the thrashing trees and dark skies putting butterflies into everyone’s stomachs!
The vans pulled onto the seafront to see perfect ramps forming up inside the bay and 30+ knotts of cross shore wind! Frantic rigging soon followed with everyone questioning the right sail size for the conditions. Andy rigged up a 4.7m Goya Eclipse and Murray Saunders (Boylo’s co-founder) rigged a 4.5m Loft Sails Purelip. Both riders opting for the 5-batten control in the strong gusty conditions. The two sailors took to the water joined by local sailors Sam Wood, Luke Nauen, and Luke Patrick. After some HUGE airs and back loops from Andy the general consensus was to drop down sail sizes to 4-4.3m sails! The winds seemed even stronger than predicted! What followed can only be regarded as a masterclass in windsurf jumping from Andy King as Push loops, Back loops and Big forwards happened on nearly every ramp that dared open itself up for punishment.
Luckily I had the camera out at the right times to get some pictures that give you a feeling of the insane show we had from Andy King:
20-30ft Backloops were Andy’s go to manoeuvres nailing 90+% dry!
As the spectacle unfolded more and more people gathered along the parade to watch. Some had never seen windsurfing before and the jumps Andy was doing left many of the crowd in disbelief.
Everything Andy did that morning got a loud gasp from the onlookers stood on the parade. It was great to see jumps like this happening a few hundred feet in front of the shop!
Conditions were gnarly and the local guys were ripping it up too. Some of the set waves rolling through were heavy mind you and even Murray Saunders, who knows the bay better than most, got caught out by one such logo high clean up monster!
Experienced local sailor Murray Saunders was jumping high all day, but got caught out by this bruiser on his way out toward the end! Luckily the kit survived and Murray had a long swim and tired sail back to the beach to catch his breath, a lucky escape.
New kid on the block Luke Patrick wasn’t so fortunate and on his second run out he suffered the same thumping fate that Murray had been subject to on the previous set waves. Unfortunately for Luke the force of the wave severed his UJ and he desperately clung on to board and sail seperately in the head high white water. It was obvious that something was wrong and the chance of Luke being hurt resulted in the RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat being launched. Andy King despite the harsh conditions sailed out to Luke and immediately shot to the beach to grab a spare UJ for him. In the meantime the RNLI had made their way downwind to where Luke was treading water grasping the sail and board seperately still in the constant white water. Andy soon arrived with the spare UJ and the two sailors swiftly dispatched the broken UJ and swapped it for the replacement. Luke then water-started and managed to sail back up wind through the conditions despite the heavy beating he had taken for the last 5-10 minutes. The brave crew of the RNLI provided a much needed confidence boost and safety net for the two sailors as they made their way back to the shore through the high winds and heavy white water. A huge thank you goes out to the crew of the Lyme Regis RNLI who expertly navigated the massive conditions in order to provide rescue cover for the fallen windsurfer. Their committment and skill is an invaluable asset to the Lyme Regis Watersports community and if you can afford to donate anything please click this link to the RNLI Donation Page.
Another out of the blue thumping for one of the sailors. Luke, Andy and the RNLI crew did brilliantly to make a dangerous situation result in nothing but a lost UJ.
By all account’s this was an epic day of wave sailing in Lyme Regis and highlights just how high performance a spot the bay here can be for windsurfing! For more pictures of this awesome session plus many more and offers from our store check out our Boylo’s Facebook Page.
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