It’s been over two years now since Jodyne’s brave fight against bowel cancer came to a quiet and peaceful end. My beautiful, loving young wife was 27 when she left us, in the same way she had lived her short life, calm and dignified. So what do you do when the most important part of your life is torn from you? I suppose you do what anyone else would do, you fall apart. But what do you do when you are left with a two year old boy who has no concept of love or loss, well you can do what I did, you fall apart inside, cry when you are alone and spend every moment together sharing the love, the joy and memories left to us; in short, you just get by. My blog is not meant to be a memorial to my wife that already exists in my heart, in my memories, in my home, and in the eyes of my little boy. My love, my passion and my life with Jodyne was, and is extremely private, and now, well now it is eternal.
So I ask myself why I would want to create a blog site when I’ve never been the sort of person who openly discusses my private life or my feelings, well I suppose I want to use this blog to share with my close friends and family the progress of two boys making the most of life after Jodyne, and at the same time have a record of what Leon and I get up to so we can both look back over the year and reflect on how far we have come and how much Leon as grown. If there is one thing I’ve learned since losing Jo it’s that memories are precious, you should do whatever you can to keep them, and keep them safe because sometimes that’s all we are left with.
Warm summer days in Cornwall
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It looks like the conditions are lining up nicely for the return of the BWA Cornwall classic this weekend with some very strong south westerly winds coming in and a kit crunchingly massive swell predicted. I may even get out for a windsurf this weekend as the injury I picked up windsurfing Gwithian last Sunday feels to be on the mend. The wind was a bit iffy last Sunday, but the waves were of descent size. The only downside was the shear volume of human traffic going up and down the goat track turned it into a wet and greasy rock flume of destruction, I spotted a few people lose it on the track, dinging boards and bodies. I counted as many as 40 windsurfers out by early afternoon, and the odd dope on a rope too. Even though it was super crowded I managed to get a few good hours out on the water. The first wave I lined up was an absolute peach, I eyed up the lip and cranked hard into a bottom turn aiming for the lip, in my minds eye I’d already smacked the lip and was airborne sporting a big grin. I’m not too sure what happened but I guess the wave crumbled over and swamped the sail, throwing me over and into the wave face whilst twisting and pulling my back foot out of the strap, ouch!. When I came up for air there was a seal a few feet away starring at me with a ‘what the hell was that mate’ look on its face. I managed to sail through the rest of the afternoon without incident, however the next morning my foot was so swollen I couldn’t walk on it. Looking forward getting back on the water again this weekend, however to say Gwithian will be a bit crowded this weekend is an extreme understatement, so I’ll be heading to secrets for a windsurf a little later.
It was not quite the first outing I had planned for my new 2013 JP Freestyle board, but at least I managed to get it on the ocean for an hour or so after work. It wasn’t the best of sessions as the South Easterly wind was just off and on, and I was still feeling rather washed out and drained. However I couldn’t resist the overwhelming desire to give the new board a try out. After I rigged up the wind strength looked like it was dropping and the lulls were getting longer. I managed a couple nice long floaty jumps using the gusts on the way out. I got the impression this board just wants to go skyward. Because I was on and on the plane for most of the time I never got the chance to get dialled into the board, but I got the immediate impression that it’s a very technical and challenging board, nothing like the 2011 version and definitely not for the faint hearted. I’m really looking forward to getting grips with it when the winds return. As the tide pushed up there were some fairly good waves forming, and I managed to get a few nice rides. Surprising for a board with so much volume in the tail and a tiny upright fin it carved really well into a nice tight bottom turn, and the top turns felt snappy, I even got a tiny bit of air of the lip on one wave.
All not a super session and nowhere near enough time or wind to get dialled in and write a review on the board, but I’m looking forward to getting in on the water again soon.
Cranking into a bottom turn on the new freestyle board.
Snapping off the top of a nice little wave on the new JP Freestyle board
It’s time to get the van ready again for the windy season. Looking forward to testing out the new JP Freestyle board.
I finally managed to get an pretty good windsurf in last Saturday after spending the best part of a couple of hours from 07:00 hrs flitting between spots on the North and South coast. I met up with Paul at the Bluff and as the conditions looks a little ‘iffy’, and the forecast was suggesting the wind would drop off mid morning we decided to head back to Maza for a bit of a tear up session on the slalom/freerace gear from the mount carpark. I set up the NP H2 7.2 and JP SS69, and Paul went a little bigger with his H2 7.7 and his JP Slalom, yep windsurfing’s equivalent of the boy racers. The wind was cross shore so a little flucky just off the beach, but once out it was power on and we were properly powered and enjoying what feels like endless reaches from the mount over to Newlyn. After an hour or so a few other windsurfers turns up and the wind swung a few more degrees to the West, so there were a few of us blasting over to Penzance and back. The highlight of the first session for me has got to be gybing around the inner reef a couple of times. Hurtling down wind towards a cluster of granite the size of a farmhouse does get the adrenalin pumping, and coming out of a laydown gybe without losing a) the fin, b) teeth, or c) any part of your board is an even bigger buzz in itself. I did get a little bored with blasting around after lunch, and rigged up for a little freestyle session, which was made even better at low tide as a bit of swell came in producing some nice long little 2ft waves to play with. Slalom, freestyle and waves all in one day at the same spot, now that can’t be bad.
Marazion castle carpark