August has been a great month for surfing. In my mission to just simply #RideMore I managed to get down Rhossili Bay, Gower on both Saturday and Sunday, 20th & 21st of August 2016.
The Saturday had a consistent swell, but it was slightly windy. Apart from the wind it was fun in the sun and definitely worth getting in the water. It must have been perfect conditions (10 mph onshore wind) for paragliding as there were loads of them in the air, launching off Rhossili Down. Look closely below, I don’t know how those paragliders don’t hit each other?
I was joined by regular DimExcuses surfer Darren Green, keen to get some use out of his new 7’6″ mini-mal.
A busy summer day meant that the bottom field was open as a car park, which is my preferred base when surfing Rhossili. We had a few obligatory car park photographs before taking the long walk down to the beach below.
We had a good two hours in the water and we were super stoked. So I was really pleased when I got a chance to return the next day with my girlfriend Sharon’s family to collectively surf Rhossili again. It was a great chance to continue teaching the kids to surf.
The surf had dropped off slightly, but the wind had also dropped making perfect conditions for learning with perfect small waves coming into Rhossili Bay in straight blue lines.
And as always we were flanked by the impressive Wormshead.
Molly my French Bulldog cross joined us, taking charge from the camper van…
…and checking out the surf from the car park.
Again we got our favorite basecamp spot in the lower car park because it has possibly the best view of Wormshead without actually walking out to the Coastguard Station.
There are clear views to the North too, giving Molly a great view of Burry Holms and Pembrey beyond.
Enough of the headland, we were soon down on the beach and in the water. Everyone was getting their share of waves.
The great thing about surfing at Rhossili is the magnificent view of Rhossili Down rising up above the beach. This is the natural beauty that Gower is so well known for.
It is probably best to look where you are going though and save the view for the walk back up afterwards.
Molly insisted on getting in the mix, dragging her stick into the waves.
All the time we were catching waves we were in the shadow of Wormshead.
Even when just chilling out back.
Weary from a long surf it was just a case of doing that punishing walk back up to the car park.
A great weekend surfing, I am definitely riding more, and I hope to #RideMore as we go into Autumn, DimExcuses.