Sunday, 11 March 2012
a cross processed dawn.
A North Devon dawn over the most crowded surf spot in the land!! Still a great wave though and often the occassional home turf to some great multi board sliders like Chris Preston, and Skelly and Jules from Gulf Stream. When the waves are on at Saunton sands its classic, the problem lies with its proximity and ease of access from cities like Bristol and London, and the infinate amount of info on the we which draws every man and his BMW or T5 Transporter to Devon. Fortunately the locals there can surf rings round them and the beach is about 3 miles long so theres plenty of space if you want to walk a little. I also used to be one of the hundreds that would travel to Devon from Brighton when the waves were good. I was myself part of the influx of tourists and hugely respect the locals there for being pretty mellow when it comes to dealing with the crowd and crowded it is. This photo was on my roll of film I had forgotten, it was taken at 5.15 in the morning two years back when we had travelled to Saunton for the British Longboard Union Saunton Classic. We stayed with friends Pete and Bee Robinson from the soon to be opened British Surfing Museum and I actually won the masters division in perfect waves on a beautilful but crowded bank holiday weekend. One of the few benefits of competition is being on the best peak with three others on the busiest day of the year!!