Walking In Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis has got to be one of the most scenic areas in the country; drawn up by footpaths that spread across the Jurassic coastline in a net like pattern, mirrored by the sea that sweeps across the parallel; what better place to strap on your walking boots, chuck on a mac and get trekking.

The question you face yourself with is whether to explore the ocean breeze or find yourself surrounded my the Dorset and Devonshire fields. Either way, Lyme Regis is a wonderful place to start! Park up at any number of Lyme’s car parks, all of which are pay and display and equip with facilities, then fill yourself up with a hearty breakfast or lunch from one of the many cafe’s and restaurants found throughout the town; all offering a little community spirit and a friendly face to set you on your way. Get yourself down to the marine parade where you can kit yourself out with rainproof gear at Boylo’s ( because we all know what the British weather can do in a split second), hop next door for an OS Map from the National Trust shop and you’re good to go!

Iff you’re looking for that ocean breeze to keep you going you’ve got three options; South, West or East (although head South and you may only get a few meters before you have to get the swimming costume out).



Starting at Charmouth Carpark, near the football pitch on the East side of Lyme, head along the coastline over the golf course to Charmouth along the famous Black Ven cliffs where blue Lias Rock is found and famously where Mary Anning found the first Ichthyosaur. These cliffs, believe it or not, once held the old road between Charmouth and Lyme Regis before a series of landslides caused it to crumble onto the beach. Now the coastpath swings back on itself, carrying you through spittles woods, Charmouth golf course, fields and down into the villiage to find your feet at the beach on the other end. On the other hand iff you can time the tides right you can head long the beach at the base of the cliff and trip over a few fossils on your way. From here, you can carry on following the sea towards Golden cap, Seatown or even further on to Westbay. Or simply jump on the X51 or X53 bus from Charmouth Church back to Lyme Regis and treat yourself to a well deserved fuel stop. Catch this walk in the spring for a perfectly stunning experience of spittles woods dressed in a blanket of richly colourful bluebells!

– Charmouth Beach looking towards Lyme Regis

– Bluebell Spittle Woods


Get your compass out and start heading West to find yourself exploring the tropical felt undercliff, one of the first of Britain’s National Nature Reserves, that connects Lyme Regis to Seaton. There’s something about this walk that can only be compared to trekking through a tropical island with sneak peaks of hidden beaches appearing every now and again. The walk itself starts at the top of Monmouth carpark behind the Cobb and is just over 5 miles so be sure to stock up on energy filled goodies from Lyme Regis before you head off and follow the scent of icecream waiting for you at the other end! The Undercliff is known for its more than 40 species of birds and hundreds of species of animals and plants, taking you away from the busy manmade world and into natures hands; surrounded by tranquility and peacefulness. Make sure to carry with you your swimstuff or pick some up from Boylo’s before you leave, just incase you manage to spot the route down to Rousden beach; known as the ‘secret beach’ or Charton Bay which could only be compared to a blissful cove of crystal clear waters and total peacefulness. From Seaton you can carry on to Beer or jump on the X53 bus back into Lyme Regis.

– The Undercliff looking towards Lyme Regis

– Mapping the Undercliff

– Rousden Secret Beach or Charton Bay (as seen on map above)



Iff it’s that river walk through the fields you’re after than simply get yourself to the Town mill for a pre walk lunch or drink then follow the stream up towards Uplyme and quench your thirst at the Talbot Inn. The river winds its way up through the quaint town, out into the fields and through to the next villiage along of Uplyme. This is a slightly shorter option that will take around 40 minutes but is perfect in summer when trying to avoid a delayed bus or town traffic. At the other end of this walk in Uplyme there is also a park where the kids and dogs (or adults) can let loose and you can settle down for a picnic. Want to keep walking? Head up over the hills to the Uplyme Viaduct, Trinity Hill or to Raymonds hill where you’ll find Raymond’s Hill pub and restaurant; then hop back on the X51 bus into Lyme!

– The Town Mill

26894 - River Coly

– The Viaduct

So as you can see there is no denying that wherever you may find yourself end up you will have left a beautiful town, walked a stunning scene and ended up in yet another lovely place; which is what the local area is all about. We are are all proud and thankful to be living in such a wonderful place and are only even more happy to share with you the secrets of Lyme Regis and its surrounding areas. There are a number of hidden gems dotted around such as Rousden beach and the Viaduct that any one of the local community will be happy to help get you on your way, whether it be directions, food, drink or a friendly face.

Manera Exo Harness Review

The Manera Exo Harness is the new harness arange from the fast growing Manera brand. Manera may appear a new brand but it’s a shoot off from the ever popular F-One Kite brand. With a wealth of kiting history F-One are no newbee to the industry and this shows in abundance in the Manera Exo Harness.

Starting off; opening up the box it’s obvious that the Exo is a quality product. Less bulky then some of the Kite Harnesses the Exo looks stylish and sophisticated. We liked the look of the harness in that it’s not full of worthless features that serve little point other then to bulk the advertising potential. Some brands really make a meal out of not a lot, this isn’t the case with the Exo at all. Everything has a ppoint and a purpose.


Putting the harness on is back to traditional methods. The bar hooks in and when hooked in it’s secure. Some brands have clips nd buckles…. In our experience these are more of a hinderance then anything else. With the traditional latch style the Exo isn’t going to ping off when you’re not expecting it. Once in you are in. Tightening the harness is easy with both left and right webbing straps, there is also a ‘downhaul’ strap that stops the bar from riding up. It all works pretty well and feels really snug once you’re in.


The bar has tuck flaps that secure it 360 degrees around you. These are a bit of a fath but they work and it’s only a little pain for what we think gives you good support when riding. The plastic moulding around the back of the harness supports your back really well and when riding helps disperse the load across the entire harness. It looks good and works great.

IMG_1555 The handle pass leash is pretty simple, it does what it needs to do! It’s nice that it doesn’t have a load of plastic adding bulk and weight. There is also a nice release system on each side which when pulled will release the leash completely. Hopefully you will never need to use it but it’s nice to know it is there! A nice addition is the ability to fix the leash position if you’re not handle passing etc. So for wave riding you can easily lock it onto the left or right hand side. Some manufacturers do this using a d-ring but Manera have worked out a cunning way of locking it onto one side but still allowing you the option to pull the pin our the harness and distching it in a worst case scenario.

On the water the harness felt really nice. The difference is definitely in the comfort. You don’t get any load points, just a comofty pull across the whole harness. Jumping it doesn’t see to ride up at all and wave riding you have a really nice freedom of movement! It really did feel great.

SO all these positives but there are also some negatives. First of all there is no knife storage (not the we have found anyway). Again it is something you hope you won’t need but it’s nice to have something. Not a massive problem as one can be retrofitted, maybe an add to consider. ALso the harness feels very moulded at first. We have only used the demo on twice and it is getting more supple. It’s not a bad thing but we think after a good dozen uses it’s going to feel even better once a bit of flex is established.

All in all it’s a top money harness but it is worth every penny. I am actually going to keep this harness and ditch my old Mystic one. The Exo feels a lot more refined, less about looks more about functionality. I’m chuffed with it and i think/hope you would be too!


Can you Kitesurf in Lyme Regis? Kitesurfing in Lyme Regis

We get asked a lot whether or not you can kitesurf in Lyme Regis….. So we caught up with local Fone riding kitesurfer Murray Saunders to get the download. Murray has been windsurfing and kitesurfing in Lyme Regis for 20 years so as a reference he is pretty good and reliable.

So over to Murray to part his knowledge:

“Kitesurfing in Lyme Regis can be awesome, you just need to know what to look for in the forecasts and what to watch out for when boots are on the ground.What deters most people is the launch and land. Absolutely it should be shown some respect and don’t do it if you’re not confident or comfortable to do it. That said as long as you’re not messing around it’s perfectly safe and no worse then anywhere else. I launch and self land here all the time and touch wood it’s been no problem. My advise would be to double check your setup and make 100% sure you have everything good to go. It’ not the place to launch and find you haven’t attached a line. When launching bring the kite up SLOWLY and take ti straight over the sea. Don’t mess about feeling bar pressure etc.. you don’t have the space. If you need to do that do it out on the water where you have the space if it goes wrong. I guess basically what I am saying is don’t mess around showing off, just get the kite in the air safely and get yourself out to sea.

Kitesurfing in Lyme Regis

Wind wise Lyme Regis can handle anything from South East to WSW. To be honest these directions are kind of at the extreme to the left and right of what works. A south east wind can be a bit flukey and a wsw can be gusty. That said it can be done and can produce fun conditions.

So if the forecast is for SE winds you looking at port tack on shore. The place to launch is the far east side of the beach and you will be heading out towards the rocks on the end of the cobb. As always in Lyme low tide is best with an ebbing tide producing the cleanest waves. It’s not a super long tack but the riding and jumping can be fun. As the wind comes around to the South it gets a bit more consistent and less gusty. The only thing to watch out for on a South wind is that the cliffs behiond the town don’t kill it. Again launch around low tide and in the middle of town beach.

SW is where the wind is best. The cleanest air for launching is from the middle of town beach and eastwards Boylo’s watersports is a good reference point as it is kind of the most west you want to go. Any further west and it gets a little gusty for take off.

If the wind is more west of southwest then it is recommended you kite on the west side of the cobb (monmouth beach). It holds the wind direction better but you have to be careful as the cobb wall is prettry sketchy and you definitely do not want to be blown onto it.

The guys at Boylo’s (Lyme Regis Water Sports) are super helpful and friendly. They are right on the beach and can tell you what the conditions are doing. It’s worth dropping them a call on 01297 444222 if you need a weather report, it could save you a disappointing trip!

So what if it goes wrong!? Well at low tide the curved bay has ‘beaches’ all the way around so it’s not that much of a drama if you end up down wind. I’ve had a few epic walks back because of dying wind. It’s not that bad, not fun but not bad. Just take it on the chin and kite downing to a beach and land it safely. DON”T try and fight it or go near the rocks.. They eat kites! Just punt it out, go around broad ledge and head down wind.

So kiting in Lyme is safe. It’s great fun and can make for an epic session. It does seabreeze in the summer and the winter can produce massive waves. Certainly not a beginners spot but at the same time you don’t have to be a kite god to have fun here. Like I said, drop the guys at Boylo’s a call and they’ll be more then happy to help you! Good luck, see you out here!”

A Winters Beach Holiday In Lyme Regis? Surely Not…

There’s no doubt that the lack of Vitamin D and abundance of beach loving holiday makers, warmth and the desire for a cool ice cream can make a winter coastal holiday seem all the less appetizing; however, who’s to say that the winter can’t bring just as much interest… parking’s cheaper at least. Wrapping up in your finest winter clothing and confronting the relentless weather can give you a whole different perspective of this culture enriched town.

Lyme Regis is one of those places that even draped in modern assets and technology it can still be seemingly living in the history that it’s enriched with. But what’s at the core of those iconic fossil shaped lamp posts and dinosaur carnival costumes? Situated along the Jurassic coast Lyme Regis has become famous for its fossil filled beaches where the renowned Mary Anning once walked and found the first icytheosaur skeleton. The winter brings in strong tides and storms that break through rocks and scrape away at the cliffs only to release more of these incredible finds.

Take a walk through the town and along the front wrapped up from head to toe in your cosey clothing, ignorant to conditions and high fashion and find yourself surrounded by the quirky shops and cuisines that the town will invite you with. Newly rejuvenated with beautiful architecture, the marine parade is dressed with The National trust, Lyme Regis water sports and cafes, pubs and restaurants; all at the ready with a warm beverage and a friendly face for you winter bravers.

Let the stormy and frost bitten weather be your friend; there’s no need to hide yourself away when the sea starts to perform. As the long awaited huge waves brought in by the winter winds and tides roll in they create shapes and forms that can only be described as majestic and alluring. just take a look at some of the photos that have been captured over the years:

With the town being dressed in colours of the artists eye, there’s no denying that even on the bleakest and greyest of days that the English winter can throw at us the town will live through. As the morning blanket of sea mist rises, the town and it’s decorative beaches unveil, wrapped in both the beautiful assets of nature and the creativity that its residents over hundreds of years have brought to it.

Gear up with your hiking gear and waterproofs and meet your new friend; The OS Map. The coastline and surrounding areas of Lyme Regis are densely packed with hundreds of different walks that are only bound to lead you somewhere beautiful… take golden cap for example which sits as the throne of the jurassic coast, lit up by the winter sun in striking golden vibes.

Water sports begins to thrive and move away from those calm summer days as they fade out and the swells, winds and tides bring in the idylic conditions for surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing.. you name it. It’s as simple as parking up in one of the carparks found along the front, wetsuiting up and walking just minutes down to the shore line. Get stuck? Boylos water sports is at hand to help sitting just above the beach.

So ditch the umbrella… it’s only going to get blown inside out… and find yourself walking the beautiful beaches with out having to stop for crowds of holiday makers to traffic by, exploring the fossil filled rocks, delving into the cuisine, and enjoying the art in the company of local businesses and people who’s hospitality is an added beauty to the town itself.


Kayaking in Lyme Regis

There’s no denying that Lyme Regis is a beautiful place. A combination of quirky gift shops, eateries, pubs, beautiful walks & beaches make it a perfect place for a holiday. But that’s only half of it. If you want to really appreciate Lyme Regis, you’ve got to see it from the sea, and what better way then Kayak Hire in Lyme Regis. (Boylo’s Watersports – 01297 444222)

Out on the water, away from the hustle and bustle, Lyme Regis becomes a much quieter place. Even distancing yourself from the shore by 20 metres gives you a completely different outlook. The town, nestled as it is into the world famous Jurassic Coast, looks pocket sized compared to the ancient cliffs that surround it. Even the historic Cobb appears to shrink as you head out into the waves.

There are many ways to get out there, but arguably one of the best is kayaking. Being that close to the water makes you feel as if you are part of it. It also allows you a fantastic view into sub-aquatic world beneath you, which is utterly fascinating. If you catch the tide right, the shale and limestone ledges that run out beneath Lyme Regis are clearly visible beneath you, giving you the chance to glimpse crabs, anemones, fish and many other treasures.

Here at Boylos Watersports, we have all the equipment you need to have a safe an enjoyable kayaking session. And don’t worry if you’re a little nervous on the water; the sea defenses in Lyme Regis mean that much of the bay is protected from the prevailing wind, meaning that, for the most part, it stays very calm here and is a great place for beginners. If you are interested in Sit On Top Kayak Hire then please do give us a call on 01297 444222, one of our knowledgeable staff will be more then happy to help.



SROKA SUP Boards are new to Boylo’s and we wanted to share some of the reasons why this awesome new brand has earned a spot in our shop!

Where do SROKA SUP Boards come from?

SROKA SUP Boards are the brain child of 3 times world kitesurfing champion Bruno Sroka. After an entire career of working with some of the biggest brands in the watersports industry Bruno noticed that a lot of the customer cost came from extensive distribution processes and that he could dramatically reduce the cost to the customer by simplifying this process. By reducing the costs in these areas Bruno was able to make sure that the quality of the products wasn’t sacrificed. Based in Brittany France the SROKA team base all their development on making the most accessible SUP boards on the market!


Bruno Sroka’s input means the boards are easy to use and have plenty of performance to keep you smiling!

What makes SROKA SUP Boards so good?

SROKA SUP Boards feature the same construction method as the top brands with linear drop stitch fibers keeping the board rigid. PVC material makes the boards very durable too so as far as dings and repairs go you don’t need to worry! Performance wise the boards have seen plenty of input from Bruno Sroka meaning that the shapes are carefully refined to offer the perfect blend of accessibility and performance. There is a good range of Wave shapes; 7’5, 8’5 and 9’5, a purpose designed boat tender in the SROKA Rocket Fish, two decent all rounders; 10’0 and 10’6, a long distance tourer, and two ‘alpha’ performance boards; 11’0 and 12’6. Plenty of choice in the range means that there is a board to suit everyone’s needs!


SROKA use a quality dropstitch and PVC layer construction to make sure their boards are top notch!

What’s the best thing about SROKA SUP Boards?

Value for money!!! It’s been a long time waiting for a brand like SROKA.  A brand that offers a quality product at an entry level price. But it’s been worth it! The boards start at just £399! And the full 12’6 discover is only £559! Near enough £200 cheaper than some of their top competitors!

When can I buy SROKA SUP Boards?

Right Now! the whole range is online and available for you to order with free shipping and loyalty points discount! If you have any questions about the boards and gear please get in touch with us either in the shop on 01297 444222 or via email at info@boylos.co.uk

2016 Quatro SUP Boards

2016 Quatro SUP Boards

Inflatable SUP boards are easily the most popular way for people to get on the water nowadays! Quatro know this and have carefully applied their years of board making knowledge to develop inflatable boards that share the characteristics of their solid counterparts.

2016 Quatro Glide Air SUPThe glide is a mimic of KT’s user friendly wave shape designed to be the perfect all round leisure SUP. Small waves, coastal paddles and fun with the family is what this board is all about. A bunjee cord up front can hold a small bag or gear for a coastal trip. The width in the sizes keeps the board really stable, perfect for beginners and those looking for an enjoyable easy ride. The boards come with a pump and rucksack and are nearly indestructible! Available in 9’0, 10’0 and 11’0 at 32″, 33″ and 34″ wide there is a size for everyone so anyone can enjoy the beauty of SUP!

2016 Quatro Roam Air SUP

With the Roam Keith Teboul chose to capture the spirit of coastal explorers and give them a board that is fast to paddle, easy to stand on and practical to get to and from their next adventure. The fact that this 12’6 x 30″ tourer can fit in a rucksack opens up all of the possibilities for trips down rivers, across lakes and along the coastline. With the Quatro Roam you don’t even have to leave time on your journeys to paddle back, if you wanted to you could just deflate your board and get the bus home! The durability of this board also means that when paddling in unknown waters you needn’t worry about what lurks below the surface as the board can take knocks and carry on, not like the hard board alternatives which would need repairing.

We’re certain these inflatable SUP shapes will be highly successful as they are aimed at the two best area’s for inflatable SUP’s; simple enjoyment and unrestricted exploration!

For the hard Quatro SUP shapes the Quatro Carve remains unchanged and the Glide also remains unhanged except for two new sizes; 9’4 and 10’4. These new sizes increases the accessibility of the friendly wave shapes and allow more people to make their first steps into wave SUP surfing.

Quatro SUP Glide

Two new sizes in the Quatro Glide shape: 9’4 and 10’4.

Full details of the boards can be seen online, thank you for reading and we’ll see you on the water!

Compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2

We get a lot of enquiries from people wanting to know whether they have compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2. It’s a tricky thing, you want to know before you spend your money that the camera you have will be able to access all of the functions that the soloshot tripod offers. Don’t worry though because below is a list of all the compatible cameras on the market for the soloshot 2!

Soloshot 2

The brand new Soloshot 2 is transforming the self photography market!

These are hand held video cam corders which will work for the Soloshot 2.

Compatible cameras for the Soloshot 2

Your DSLR cameras are also compatible! Check out the list below

Compatible DSLR cameras for the Soloshot 2

Some DSLRs that aren’t on this initial list are still compatible with the use of an extra cable.

DSLR cameras requiring the N3 cable accessory to use with their 2.5mm Jack

  • Canon EOS 7D, 5D, 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 1Ds Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, EOS D30 EOS D60 EOS D2000
  • Canon EOS Film SLR 1V 1VHS 3
  • KODAK DSC-530

DSLR cameras requiring the Nikon Cable Accessory

  • Nikon D4s/D4 Series
  • Nikon D3 Series
  • Nikon D2 Series
  • Nikon D1 Series
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D800/D800E
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D300/D300S
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D100 using the MB-D100,
  • Nikon F6
  • Nikon F5
  • Nikon F100
  • Nikon F90 / F90x
  • Nikon N90 / N90x
  • KODAK DCS Pro 14n DCS620
  • FUJI S3 S5 Pro

DSLR cameras requiring the Olympus DSLR Cable

Compatible Olympus Digital SLR Cameras:

  • E-M1, E-M5
  • E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5
  • E-PM1, E-PM2
  • E-PL5, E-PL3, E-PL2
  • E-30, E-420, E-450, E-520, E-600, E-620

Compatible Olympus Digital Cameras

  • SP-510UZ
  • SP-550UZ
  • SP-560UZ
  • SP-565UZ
  • SP-570UZ
  • SP-590UZ

DSLR cameras requiring the SONY DSLR Cable

  • A7
  • A7R
  • NEX-3NL
  • A5000
  • A6000
  • A58
  • A3000
  • HX300
  • RX100II

 If you still can’t see your camera on the list don’t worry! Just give us an email with the make and model and we’ll contact Soloshot direct!

GoPro users can smile too as the Soloshot 2 tripod will hold almost all action cameras!

Is Soloshot 2 the new GoPro?

The Soloshot 2 is a revolutionary step in action sports footage. Just like the GoPro did when it first came out the Soloshot 2 has opened up an entirely new concept for every sports enthusiast in the world. Whilst the market is slowly flooding with first person action camera’s the Soloshot 2 stands alone allowing you to get third person footage just as if you had you own personal camera man! This incredible camera tripod can hold most cameras including action cameras and DSLRs and rotate them, tilt them and even operate the zoom to ensure they capture the perfect footage of you every time you head onto the water!

The way the tripod works is to have a clever base unit underneath the camera which is tracking a transmitter tag worn on an armband by the user. This tag is waterproof, bash proof and generally sport proof! Once you have paired up the tag with the transmitter you can move freely within a 2000ft distance at speeds of up to 180mph and constantly be tracked by your camera! As an extra option you can buy your Soloshot 2 with the Camera Controller. This clever devise gives the tag wearer a range of options when it comes to recording. They can stop and start the recording, use multiple tags to capture footage of their friends at the same time and use multiple tripods to get more angles of themselves. With the camera controller connected the Soloshot 2 can zoom your camera in and out giving you the best possible footage of every session.

Another clever addition to the Soloshot 2 capabilities is barrel mode. By using this setting on the base unit the tripod will track your speed and continue to follow your projected ride as you sit inside the barrel on a wave. Once you exit the Soloshot 2 immediately picks you up again. You also needn’t worry about security as the Soloshot 2 has slots for putting a locking cable through so you can lock both the tripod and camera to a post or tree and leave it there with confidence.

We’ve been using and selling the Soloshot 2 for a while now and the more we get to know this product the better it becomes. We’ve used it for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and SUPing and the footage everytime has been awesome! Our customers have used the Soloshot to shoot even more including rock climbing, paragliding, horse riding and much more! It’s time you joined the fun and starting scoring perfect footage of your own sessions!

We’re stoked with the Soloshot 2 and definitely believe that this is where self photography is at right now! Is Soloshot 2 the new GoPro? No, it’s in a league of it’s own! Check out our Soloshot page for all of the package deals and product information.

Boylo’s Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe!

Boylos Wave of the WinterAfter a great Wave of the Winter competition we have a winner, Steve Thorpe! Boylo’s team member Jake Patrick met up with Steve for a quick interview with the the 2014/15 champion!

When did you decide the forecast was go? were you set on one spot or did you look around?

“I got a heads up from Aleksy Gayda and Jony Price. Jony’s from Ireland so keeps an eye on the West coast forecasts and saw this solid one coming! We did a lot of driving over the two days all over Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. Day 1 was a nice warm up in smaller clean point break waves. Sunday was the big day, 7m @ 16s!”

How was the journey over and who were you with?

“I went over with Aleksy as foot passengers in the Holyhead/Dublin ferry. Bargain £60 each. Then Jony picked us up in his van.”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe

Steve and Aleksy Gayda’s kit rigged and ready outside Jony Price’s van. Aleksy, Jony and Steve were all riding K4Fins setups on this massive day!

Were conditions ideal or tricky? What equipment were you using?

“We sailed at Magheroarty, the easiest and most reliable spot going. It was pretty tricky though due to the size of the swell and the amount of wind! It was 3.7 weather cross shore so there was some pretty huge chop on the faces to contend with. The waves which normally break with a channel on the reef were occasionally closing out across the bay. It was pretty hard to line up the best place on the waves as you were almost playing with the size of a football pitch, then going mach ten to keep up with the wave and having extra speed to reposition was tricky due to the chop! So not that easy! I’d prefer a nice clean predictable mechanical big barrel anytime! But big and wild is always fun too :)
Kit used was my 75ltr twin with k4fins Stubbies and my 4m Firelight, due to being restricted to what I could carry over. Otherwise a 3.7 and my flatter rockered 85 would have been awesome!”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Winner Steve Thorpe

Aleksy Gayda face to face with one of those massive width of the bay closeouts!

Finally please just talk us through the rides, for us mortals it’s hard to imagine riding waves like that, could you try and paint the picture?

“Even when it’s a big day like this you’re always trying to find the biggest lumps on the horizon -nothing worse than riding in on a tiddler then gybing off it and getting obliterated by the set wave behind. So having found a big one it’s then pedal to the metal to try and stay in front of it -bigger waves always travel noticeably faster. The real tricky part was it being super windy cross shore with big chop, so to go ‘down the line’ and keep up with the breaking part of the wave was really tough -just sheeting in was tricky!. So it was kind of like a speed-sailing day with some 2ft chop thrown in! I think between Aleksy and myself we missed quite a few rides due to not being able to keep up with the open face, they were racing away if the chop slowed you down even on our twinnies. Great fun to be going flat out and chasing the wave, trying to get back up to the top for the odd mush bash!”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter winner Steve Thorpe!

Steve charging double mast high conditions with precision and control! A worthy winner of Boylo’s Wave of the Winter!

“Eventually I got caught by a big one and it was game over -massive swim all the way in after the gear and a torn sail.”

Boylo's Wave of the Winter Prize

Big thanks to the support from all of the brands for such an awesome prize! Next year if you go big this could all be yours!

“I wanna say a Huge thanks to Boylo’s for running the comp and to the brands for sorting out an amazing prize haul! I’m so stoked! And thanks to Jony Price for taking the pics – he’s getting the wetsuit :) Roll on next winter :)”

It’s been an awesome competition and it’s great to have such a worthy winner. But we were stoked to see so many people braving the cold and getting out there to show us that these isles are capable of some awesome conditions! Make sure you keep hitting the water and please send any piccy’s or vids of your action to info@boylos.co.uk and we’ll get you online! See you on the water!