Monday, February 28, 2011

1 Week in Fuerte

Had a great week in Fuerteventura last week.. Was really cool to see all the pro's I look up most days on the internet aswell. there was always swell so it was just a matter of choosing where the wind would be best. Got a good various amount of conditions in,bit higher than head high in entubadera on the first day, then head high in flag, a day at a secret spot, a reef near where I was staying ( nobody was out there ever so don't know if its got a name) and a day of jumping in Punta Blanca with Steve Gibson and crew.

It was great to have a few Irish guys there (Colin, Paul and Mikey) so we could see who was going where and had a few familiar faces about.

This was the day at the reef, pretty big at times

bit of a jump in Punta

light winds and strong rip made it impossible to get out at the secret location;)

Not mentioning my dodgy backloop, there was a good lot of mast high white water out the back. Got nailed a few times because there was a strong rip in the middle!

The board was perfect size for all the conditions, 69 KT Quattro Quad. Great for onshore to offshore for light people.

on the smaller inside reef break near the BahiaAzul where I was staying.

Bottom turn at Punta

Top turn at Punta

hitting the whitewater

Love the Neilpryde Fly2. Great for lightness with power on switch.

Should have more pictures on my Facebook (Ryan O'Leary), they are all quite slow to upload to
the blog.

Also had a great day up in Magheroarty, more pictures to come!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

3rd in IWA Wave Event

Had a fantastic weekend in Coolmaine in Cork. Me and Tim headed down on Friday morning and had wind from then on. Started off on the 4.8 and then went down to a 4.0 , spent saturday doing the expression sessions on it. Had a lot of fun with some K4 12cm quad back fins in my board, made it super loose but grippy went I wanted it to be. Was trying a lot of backloops and pushloops, and have finally figured them out! Didnt land any but got quite close to. Landed some nice stalled forwards aswell!

Then the proper competition started on Sunday. I was pretty relaxed and my goal was to try get through a few heats. I came third in my first which wasnt enought to go through, so went into the reprecharge. Got through that and things started to just click with me, with my waveriding taking me through the heats to the final!

The final was unlucky as the wind decided to die down slightly, i got a nice forward on my first run, and a nice wave with some backside with frontside hits, until the wind died and most of us were left slogging.

It was great to be up there with Oisin, Jeff and Mark and I was luckily enough to grab the 3rd place! Couldnt stop smiling.

Thanks Pearse for organising a great event and it was great to see so many on the water.

Off to Fuerteventura next Tuesday for some warm wind and waves!