I have noticed a real lack of reporting in the British media (compared to the US) about this whole debacle. I feel in part so embarrassed that the company drilling carries the name BP, and that its spokesman is so clearly British. However, whilst the disaster continues to spread and my heart goes out to all those affected, it is hard not to question why a government would sanction such deep sea drilling. Not to mention we the consumers of oil who use it so abundantly in our everyday lives. Whilst the nay-sayers question whether global warming is really happening, surely no one can dispute the fact that burning and consuming oil, is ultimately a bad idea. We need to break our dependence with immediate affect, its just a question of how, and when you look at the net effect of drilling and all its risk, perhaps Petrol (despite it being 4x higher than the cost in the US) is still too damn cheap. The true cost is shown in the video below (thanks sea layer for the Youtube Link), which no economic model can value.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
I can't believe how much this saddened me this morning to find this at the bottom of such a beautiful and sacred spot. Apparently it is more common than you might think for 'people' to tear down signs and use as firewood without any regard for others. If you see people abusing our beautiful coastline please speak up, or at least make the relevant authority aware.
I have had to resort to verse (inspired by Tom) to vent.
F&*k you, to the chumps who litter our beaches,
Who drink 'wife beater' and leave us with faeces,
The empty wine bottles just left for the hell of it,
and ripping down signs to burn in your fire pit.
So spare a thought when you visit this place of beauty,
Keep your litter to hand, beware its brethren serve duly.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Friday, 11 June 2010
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Finally got back, and have been sifting through all the images from the trip. Certainly proved fruitful from that point, but a little slack on wind and waves. Needless to say, there are other people in my life to consider who don't need wind or waves, so as a family trip it was a real success.
Apologies to all those in the small slop last night who I dropped in on (Aymeraund was keen to point out : ), continual email and talk of the waves I had missed, made me like a man possessed. Of course my theory on this is that I would only ever want to share a wave with friends, hence to drop in is the highest form of kinship.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
After two sessions on 7mtr sails, I realise why I don't sail on such big kit. It feels more akin to sailing an Americas cup yacht than wave sailing and is certainly not my ideal type of windsurfing. That said, my arms and shoulders are in total pain, so its kind of nice to feel like you are getting a good workout. Here is the beach today doing its best impression of a wave in mid summer flatness.
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Or the less glamourous name of the East wind has just arrived. Traditionally this system lasts for about 5 days and builds and builds upto 50-70 knots. At one point Tarifa had an exceptionally high suicide rate due to the winds driving the locals crazy, and after just 72 hours of constant wind even the hardiest wundsurfers start to get jaded from the coninual howl. A small swell is still apparent today so it should be a fun session in the cross off winds.