New car helps Nick Lloyd enjoy quality surf sessions
THE SURF has pumped all along the north shore this week.
Hefty swell combined with huge tides ensured some of the region's rarer spots got a workout and plenty of folk who took the time to do a bit of searching scored some great sessions.
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As the swell calmed, the beaches were good value, with plenty of peeling fun on most stages of the tide – and it wasn't really that cold.
One frother who had more reason to celebrate than most at the beginning of the week was Barnstaple's Nick Lloyd.
Having had his car, the original Surfplugs wagon, damaged by a hit and run driver (see page seven), he finally got a new set of small wheels and the chance to enjoy a few quality sessions.
"I'm loving the Punto," he said. "Now I've worked out that the seats go completely flat, I've realised how much space I've got."
He can not only fit his board and kit in, his pocket dog Frodo even has room.
"This week has been great. It seems like the car problems are all sorted, I've got a few good barrels and I managed to hook up with photographer Zac Gibson at Croyde on Tuesday and he got a great shot.
"When Croyde is that kind of size it's so hit and miss trying to link up and work with a photographer but it was just perfect."
On Sunday there will be fundraising, surf selling and cake-eating fun for two great teams.
The Aggi in Braunton hosts Saunton Hotdoggers longboard club and their surfy jumble to help boost club funds for what is sure to be an ambitious and competitive contest season.
Home to so many champions in recent years, the club has a reputation to uphold and is starting early to bolster funds and ensure the club remains at the top pile in 2013.
Tables are limited and have been going fast, so, if you are keen to get involved, contact the organisers via Facebook (on.fb.me/Yqi9mH) to reserve a spot.
Set-up is from 11 and to noon and selling is until 5pm.
In Croyde, the Great Britain junior team are continuing their efforts to self-fund their way to the International Surf Association World Junior Championships in Nicaragua later this year.
They have already kicked things off with a Facebook sale page, which has seen team members from across the country flogging everything bar the kitchen sink, and are looking for sponsors and supporters to donate items to sell, with all money going to the team fund.
You can check the page out at on.fb.me/X1wZBY and snaffle a bargain or even donate.
They have also arranged a tabletop and cake sale running from 10am to 2pm at Croyde Village Hall on Sunday.
For more information or to grab a sales spot, contact organiser Emma Crane via on.fb.me/X1xcoJ
Two North Devon riders had to sit out the last GB squad training weekend due to injury.
But it seems young bones heal pretty quickly when you are that fit and Taz Knight and Will Bailey are back in the water surfing hard.
A top tip ensured an uncrowded quality session at Porthleven with plenty of tube time for Taz, despite the challenging wind, while it seems Will, the lucky devil, has been enjoying foreign climes.