April 14, 2010 - 06:46 PM


Couple of things. First we should decide a time. 9am Saturday mornings is ideal for me, but is that good for everyone It goes without saying about the wind. also we should decide a move.

And on another point when I walked down to collect my truck this evening it appears that it has been stolen oh no! It also had quite a bit of kit in the back. Quite funny really. So if anyone saw someone driving a red hilux wearing a mask or is offered any ezzy wave sails I'd appreciate it.
April 14, 2010 - 06:36 PM
canvey steve

  seadweller good idea m8 im in, any thing to improve my sailing ,and meet likeminded people.
April 14, 2010 - 05:40 PM

  Seadweller, I'm definitely up for that! I get really lazy when I sail some days, would be good to focus on something other than crashing out my gybes on windy days....lol!
April 14, 2010 - 05:31 PM

  Hi All

Just to pre warn you that this message board will be closing down this week.

However it will be replaced by an all singing all dancing forum, complete with private messaging ect.

You will have to register to use it. but only a username, password and email address will be required.
April 14, 2010 - 04:43 PM

  Seadweller, you're the owner of the shop in southend are you? Great idea. I really want to get the upwind 360 in the straps.
April 14, 2010 - 04:34 PM

  Ok guys, let swing things around, have just seen a mega bargain on The Club Vass Site
2 weeks in Dahab for 499, thatís HB and the kit and instruction
Ok the catch is, itís for the 18th April (this Sun)
Wow, anyone in the mood to go missing for two weeks
Lifeís a Beach, Gal
April 14, 2010 - 04:20 PM

  Sounds like a plan Alex, count me in. I know everyone thinks I wont listen but it's actually more a case of stuff takes a long time to sink in. I'll cry if I don't nail at least one good trick this year.

PS JP, please don't upset Emma. That's my job and I'm only allowed because she's bigger than me.
April 14, 2010 - 03:54 PM

  JP. Loads of people have emailed me. They want know who you are? I mean, you now know who cliff is which is great, but do you know who you are?
April 14, 2010 - 03:53 PM

  Hi Seadweller,

where's your coffee bar then?
April 14, 2010 - 03:53 PM

  JP, What's your real name?
April 14, 2010 - 03:44 PM

  hi all,now i know spartan is cliff who i,ve known for years i will talk to him face to face.P.S.emma pull your neck in,its about the sport and not social networking.
April 14, 2010 - 03:03 PM


I am trying to write this without upsetting anyone.So here goes.

Is there a few windsurfers who like the idea of getting together to discuss specific tricks with the hope of improving all our sailing. Perhaps focusing on one trick at a time. Looking at articles is really important but hearing from fellow sailors on how they learnt can be the key to opening the trick.
We also have a wealth of experience locally of good guys who I would think would enjoy chatting about their experience on learning chop hopping or duck gybing etc.
I do have a coffee bar with all the appropriate media but if the thought of that upsets anyone they would be absolutely welcome to bring a flask.

There. Hopefully that didn't offend anyone.
April 14, 2010 - 02:11 PM

  I'll try some of that next time I go for a gybe. Need to get away from those high speed depth charge exits off the back....lol!

Anyone heading to Fort Knox (aka East Beach) tomorrow arvo? I may be able to get there for the last bit of tide.
April 14, 2010 - 02:00 PM

  If you're falling mid-gybe then I'd say the key things are:

- Looking out the turn when you're dead downwind
- moving your hips to the inside of the turn (exaggerate massively)
- move the mast to the outside of the turn (exaggerate massively)

Let us know how yer get on!
April 14, 2010 - 01:55 PM

  HAHA, trying to gybe and getting very wet.

Yep, always stalling mid gybe and mostly falling off mid gybe. Spent all day Sunday trying it and got very wet and very tired. Great fun though.

Cheers for the tips. I will print them out for my next session. I WILL CRACK THIS !!!!
April 14, 2010 - 01:38 PM

  Pmitch ... it's a nice shot - don't worry!

I take it you're gybing, so I'd say concentrate the next time you go out on where you look in your gybe. At that point in the picture, try looking to the left, your hips will follow the direction of your eyes and put pressure on the rail to turn, and if you really push the rig to the outside, you will turn better.

Also, straighten your front arm, as it will give you more distance from the rig, and you'll be less inclined to sink onto the back of the board which stalls the gybe.
April 14, 2010 - 01:20 PM

  That's it 2nd row, far right, looks stupid, thats me. My god this is a public forum so everyone knows who the idiot in the photo is now !!!!
April 14, 2010 - 01:11 PM

  PMitch - is that you two lines down on the far right?
April 14, 2010 - 12:37 PM

  Hi Emma

After seeing my terrible photo on here from Sunday can i take you up on some of those coaching tips???

God I look terrible. I need a photo going in a straight line to see if i look as bad then as well !!!
April 14, 2010 - 11:45 AM

  Pete - nice to meet you! Come and say hi next time I see you at the beach? If there's anything I can help you with sailing wise just ask? I'll do my best to help!

JP - of course I'll give you Cliff aka Spartan's number. Email me on ray_emma@yahoo.co.uk as I don't think he'll want it posted up on the forum!
April 14, 2010 - 11:27 AM

  First time post for me!

Emma, to be fair I don't think JP means to upset you. If it cheers you up though, although you don't really know me (Pete, I drive a black mondeo with a Vancouver Canucks sticker on the back), it's great to have a girl down there, you're a good laugh and I wish I could bloomin sail like you :-) It's a shame though, I think this whole East Beach thing has got everyone in a bad mood (myself included). I can see where Cliff is coming from too, I'm just a bit concerned we could end up with Maui style localism going on if we're not careful, but then the current state at EB could do that anyway! I agree with Uncle Toms comment, get the Tories out of Southend! I think we should ease up on the East Beach saga on the forum though, it needs to get back to a bit of fun.
April 14, 2010 - 11:12 AM

  JP - so far on this forum you've called me a sadist and a man eater. Why are you picking on me? It's easy to pick on a woman I guess, I'm hardly going to knock your block off am I.
April 14, 2010 - 11:05 AM

  JP - you've hurt my feelings. I really don't think I deserved that comment. Is bullying me on here enjoyable?

I like to windsurf and have fun, here and on the beach, that's all. - you really didn't have to abuse me like that. I was joking with you and you've really upset me.
April 14, 2010 - 11:00 AM

  yes i,ve heard your abit of a man-eater?.it is abit of a shame that the members of this site don,t put more effort into the future of the sport rather than gossiping on here.nice enough for you emma
April 14, 2010 - 10:50 AM

  I do - but you'll have to be nice to me to get it!
April 14, 2010 - 10:47 AM

  i was locked out down eastbeach yesterday(not happy)as i pay £120 for a season ticket and cant park in the water sports area.i will talk to the council (peter wright)about this problerm at east beach in the next couple of days. ps,does anybody have spartans mobile number.
April 14, 2010 - 08:59 AM

  stop it speedy!
April 14, 2010 - 08:40 AM

  Hey, they're getting closer bit by bit. By the time I'm Alf's age they will be just right. May be able to sneek out for a sail later if anybody is about.
April 14, 2010 - 08:34 AM

  Yeah - don't put your hands together or go on a broad reach - doh, you don't do that anyway so you're fine, haha.
April 14, 2010 - 08:33 AM

  Just got a VRS board rack for my van. Bit pricey but hopefully will save the boards and van in the long run. Has anybody got any tips on sawing the noses off boards :)
April 14, 2010 - 08:29 AM
papa smurf

  sorry couldn't resist it (speedy)
April 14, 2010 - 08:12 AM

  Hey - any chance people could use their own names on this forum - I mean who the hell is Uncle Tom?! How can your opinion count if you're using funny little names?!
April 14, 2010 - 07:32 AM
Uncle Tom

  PS..I meant get the Tories out of Southend Council!
April 14, 2010 - 07:30 AM
Uncle Tom

  Guys, I kind of sympathise with Cliffs thoughts but not so much aimed at the kiters. My advice, if you want this area to survive is vote at the election and get the Tories out! This is just one of many disasters that have happened over the last few years. Sorry to get political!
April 14, 2010 - 06:53 AM

  hip hip hooray
April 13, 2010 - 09:07 PM

  GUYS this is my last ever entry on this site ,due to the luke warm response on the new watersports club i have come to the conclusion that you guys are all happy or just dont care,either way it seems futile.SO GOOD LUCK WITH THE KEY THING AND HAPPY SAILING.
April 13, 2010 - 08:46 PM

  ps, del, i spoke to graham today to apologise as he got caught in the crossfire between myself and eddie. i descussed my point of veiw with him and whats happened and why,although he didnt totall agree with me he said he understood why i feel the way i do.
April 13, 2010 - 08:39 PM

  DEL, my gran-mother was greek and im very aware of pandora,s box, if you know the story of pandora when her box is opened all the sins of the world are released and the only thing that remain is HOPE.LOL,. IF YOUR GIVING ME A WARNING MATE ,CHEERS FOR THE HEADS UP.for me its now a question of principle ,8 yrs ago i showed simon mud where he could teacher kiting, the lagoons at shoebury and i even gave him my fire brigade key so he could have a copy made so he could get through the very gate we are now at loggerheads over.O THE IRONY OF IT ALL.
April 13, 2010 - 08:09 PM

  Cliff have ever heard of Pandoras Box,"YOUR" plans could so backfire :S
April 13, 2010 - 07:10 PM

  Had a lovely little light wind session at Canvey point, aims for the summer are upwind 360s and forwards ... Maybe! Don't forget there's a demo day at the watersports centre on the seafront on saturday! Should be a really lovely day.
April 13, 2010 - 06:22 PM

  I am so glad that kiting is not happening at the point. This diamond in the ruff.
April 13, 2010 - 06:17 PM

  Due to kite surfing, windsurfers have lost a lot of sailing areas all over the country.
The kiters should rally together and find a place where the public and windsurf don't go and possibly try to get some private beach or farm land that backs onto the sea. It's a selfish attitude that a lot of kiters don't care about those around them.
April 13, 2010 - 04:29 PM

  i have 428 signatures already in two day of shoebury residents to support the moving of the kite club.im looking for over 2000 before i go to the council and talk to peter wright.thanks for your comment pmitch believe me its not blame just whats best in the long term,there are many great guys in kiting, they will not be effected. cheers
April 13, 2010 - 04:18 PM

  hi pmitch,no im not trying to get kiting banned, just to get the kite school moved away from eastbeach for a couple of years,to say west mersea island or frinton etc, as its the ESSEX KITE SCHOOL AND NOT THE EASTBEACH SCHOOL, this would take some pressure of the council and east beach.
April 13, 2010 - 03:44 PM

  Canvey Point
April 13, 2010 - 02:05 PM

If the wind continues to hold I will be sailing off the coastguard out at spot X at about 5.30 either kite or windsurf (Unfortunately I don't get the time to get to canvay point) The swell in the channel is big but you only really want to sail it with company. Anyone around?
April 13, 2010 - 01:18 PM

  Hi All, Just to say that Paul has found his wallet he said he lost at E Beach on Sun, yes, it was in his van all the time...! "youre getting old dude", Gal
April 13, 2010 - 12:31 PM

  Hello all. Great sail Sunday.

I would be very careful about trying to get one group banned or moved in favour of another. That could lead to all getting banned or moved. It could also lead to some very firey encounters at the beach which would not be nice.

At the end of the day, all everyone wants to do is sail, relax and have fun including the kiters.

We just need a place to park as we did before and for everyone to be sensible when driving in, out and round the car park. Including the kiters again. I watched one idiot drive in on Sunday like he was participating in the RAC rally
April 13, 2010 - 09:36 AM

  before Emma corrects my spelling, I meant to type

sorry mate, you're wrong
April 13, 2010 - 09:30 AM

  sorry mate, your wrong
Get yourself a good freestyle board and get back into sailing, you'll feel much better.
I've been under house arrest this week and the winds blowing, it's torture. I know how you worky types feel now.
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