“I'd have to put one of these sessions in the book as possibly the best windsurfing session in South Africa in recent years, the waves just got better and better as the tide hit the right spot and the swell just reeled! It was insane!”
Phil Horrocks sent us this incredible video showing just how good this season in South Africa has been.
Most of the footage was filmed over a couple days in December and early January.
How long were you in South Africa this year?
This year I had a much shorter trip, usually I go at the end of October and head back around end of Feb - 4 months. This year was a bit different, I flew end of November and came back the middle of January, just 2 and a half months. Still not a bad length for a winter session!
It looks like you guys had an amazing season.
Where was the best session?
The best session in the whole year was likely to be one of the Scarborough sessions, it's quite a fickle place and doesn't work all that often. This year it was on fire - I sailed it four or five times!
Cape point, I think? We had one day there when we turned up at the beach. I famously predicted to the rest of the boys I was expecting a "little bump of swell" to turn up… It turned out to be off the scale! Probably mast and a half and it's a pretty gnarly spot! I think my brother and I were the only ones who went out and we didn't last too long either!!
Best jumping day?
Whitsand is always good, although to be fair this year I hardly did many jumping days at all, the waves were always so good.
Most used board and sail?
My 4.2 took a pounding! It was the smallest sail I took and it happened to be one of the windiest years, my brother kept stats and it was ridiculous, sailing something like 30 days in 45 days or something like that, and all of them good days pretty much. 70% of it on a 4.2 or 4.5!
The only board I use is the JP Kauli Twinser Quad wave 74 for everything! On a rare occasion, I might use an 82 Quad as my light wind board.
What are you up to now?
Right now I’m back home working my butt off to earn some money. Luckily, the JP photoshoot on Maui in April is on the horizon, so I can handle being off the water for a few weeks. It's like a light at the end of the tunnel!