What do you get if you take two of the most talented and eccentric British surfer’s, one of the most talented videographers in Europe and a very armature photographer and put them in France for a week? Carnage and pure gold is the answer. The trip was a mix of two half’s, on one side you have Russ Winter the most successful British surfer of all time and Europe’s first ever CT competitor. Known for his incredible talent and Bulldog attitude to compete at the very top of world surfing. And then you have Josh Piper an interesting young man with an abundance of natural talent and an alternative dress sense to boast.
We headed to France to start our Journey with a swell chart that was looking sexy with swell and sun for 3 days. Like most trips that surfers go on we all turned into immature teenagers as soon as we arrived at the airport and started taking the piss out of each other from the get go!
It was evident from our first surf that these two guys are close mates, Josh look’s up to Russell and Russ look’s to Josh for inspiration to keep his surfing fresh. One thing was very clear from day one, they are competitive animals through and through! So how do you fuel this type of surfer on a video trip? You make them compete for clips! Every surf session turned into a contest with each surfer going blow for blow and returning to the beach demanding a result from Tim and myself. I’m not going to lie to you, Thing got heated and the results were contested and a video play back in the evening was needed to make a final decision, if we were undecided then it turned to how much food they could eat with plate after plate of spaghetti engulfed!
One thing that made myself, Tim and Josh's trip was just sitting back and listening to some of Russ's tales from his long roller coster career! The guy had us laughing and on the edge of our seats on a constant basis, it definitely took the edge off driving aimlessly to check banks!
"I beat Occy in 6 foot perfect Jbay 2 years in a row! He was pissed, worst was he was my best mate and I was travelling with him on tour"
Day 2- Morning came with Russ the first one up, fuelled up with coffee and determined to show the young wiper snapper who was boss. We headed to the bank’s that supplied us with fun waves the day before to find the swell is pumping but the bank’s had done a disappearing act on us. After driving from car park to car park we were trying to fight off the situation that we were finding our self in! The French GOOSE chase! Drive all day searching for banks, chasing up leads that surfers have thrown you and finishing the day with a belly full of bread an empty fuel tank and a dry wetsuit. Luckily we managed to get our surf’s in and the lads made the most of the rippable conditions we found, 5 surfs down and Russ is confessing that he’s not surfed that much in a day since he was 16!! Beers drank and clips tallied- Russ was ahead by 1!
Day 3- After a massive previous day surfing the team was a bit sluggish to say the least. We headed to our local bakery to fuel up on pastries and coffee to get the day going. With the same swell height we retraced our steps from the day before hoping that the same tide would offer the same surf! No, don’t be bloody stupid this is France and the goose was on fire all morning sending us all over the shop! After regrouping over another coffee in Café De Paris we made a team decision to investigate a bank in the Forest that we had been told of. This was our last afternoon of swell and we were all in agreement that we need one more session to finish the video. We raced up to the forest only to find that we had been willy teased yet again. Whilst holding our heads siting in the sand dune sulking for 20 min’s, Russ your Frothing grom on the trip spotted a sandy peak up the beach, within minutes the boards were waxed and we ran up the beach like school kids chasing a ice cream van. The boy’s hit the water and with in 10 min’s the bank turned on sending through 4 foot below sea level bazza’s. The boy’s went to town for 2 hours on there own trading barrel after barrel. We had done it! We had out goosed the goose and she had given up her golden egg for the team to enjoy on there own in the sun.
With 4 very happy brit’s returning to the apartment, no surf the following day and memory cards full of sick pic’s and clip’s we did what every surfer would do and headed to Spain to celebrate. We decide on the drive down that after the 3 days of competition the boy’s were drawn on points and the only way to settle this argument was to find a quiet bar and settle it on the dance floor. Tapas eaten, booze consumed and the shapes were thrown! The jury is still out on the winner, watch the video and you can make you own mind up.
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