Scotland Follow the Wind Tour 08

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kitegirluk
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Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:23 am

Finally back in Hull yesterday after a hilarious Tiree/18-bottom-turns-with-no-top-turns trip in addition to FTW, not at all happy.. am wondering if I can become an honorary Scot?

Thanks to everyone who made the tour what it was - especially good to have Sebastian on board me thinks, that man's a legend! My photies will be up on Facebook by the end of the week.

Hoping next years will be the Outer Hebs, what with the RET (road equivalent tax) scheme kicking in.

Right, I've to be back at work today (gutted) so better go get ready :(

Dee

PS BAM! :lol:
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waverider
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Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:42 am

Good to meet you all Dee, bottom turns with no top :shock: turn Eh
Hoolie
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Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:52 pm

I'd like to say thanks to everyone who hooked me up with a stray crutch, lift, dog food, place to stay, a wrestle, etc, etc..(which was pretty much everyone on the tour at some point!) The North coast looked like it had severe swell and wind potential and when I'm fixed and it's firing I'm there....

The biker was John from Lesmahago, Mark and I'd also like to thank him on your behalf :lol: he really helped you out of a tight spot there.

I'm back walking so should be on the water in less than 6 weeks according to physio...

Thanks again folks
Andy
Kitewidow
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Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:21 pm

We have a couple of nice piccies too that I wanted to post, unfortunately being not particularly techie minded can't work out how to get them up! Can someone explain how for me? :?

Glad to hear you're back on two legs Hoolie, we had some cracking photos of you in the bar at Lochinver, shame they were all out of focus!


Jane, Ant and Sam
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waverider
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:21 am

Go to 'Image Shack', it's a free hosting site where you can upload your photo's then copy and paste the URL onto the forum. If you can't work it out you can E-Mail your photo's to me and I'll put them onto the forum for you.
Kitewidow
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:22 pm

Many thanks Waverider, will give Image shack a go.
kitegirluk
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Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:55 pm

My photos are all up on Facebook now so if you think you may be on some (kitewidow your family are) then add me as a friend so you can be tagged!

Dee (Norton) :lol:
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waverider
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Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:49 am

I don't even know what 'Facebook' is, am I getting behind ? Am I missing out ?

There are other free hosting sites that may or may-not be better than 'Image-Shack'. I only use 'Image Shack' to host photo's for the forum, I think some people use free hosting sites as an easy way to display lot's of images to their friends and family, another to look at is 'Photobucket'. I can't get on with 'Photobucket'. Maybe it's the Mac software.

Still working on my van even after two/three months solid prior to Scotland just sorting creaks and rattles. The bloke that owned the van before me must have been deaf or very tolerant, silly in some cases because if something is creaking or rattling it may be due to fall apart as was the case in a few examples.

Going to have a weekend somewhere close to Rhossy as soon as we get some agreeable weather, it's rained so much here in West Wales, it's like being in the Amazon at the moment.
marktward
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:29 pm

There have been some discussions with a certain Frenchman regarding doing a Follow the Wind Tour in the Normandie/Brittany area of France? Anyone interested?

Some of us have been talking for a while about other places to run a similar tour to the Scottish one. Doing one that covers the whole of France would basically be too much...country too large, and several different parties independantly thought about the northern region mentioned. Most wind directions can be had without too much travelling.

This would obviously have a different flavour from the Scottish one, which some of us had the pleasure of tasting in Scotland, but would run along similar lines. Start and finish point, with no fixed abode in between. Just the chance to enjoy some friendship, good kitesurfing if the wind permits, and to see some new places, which we certainly did this year.

Mark Ward
Living and Playing in Scotland.
kitegirluk
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:47 pm

Mark,

Why not start a new thread in the Events section to discuss this, otherwise it'll get lost in this archive...

I'd love to do the French tour, am missing Sebastian something chronic!

But ya, begin a new 'Follow Du Vent, French style' thread!!

Dee :lol:
marktward
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Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:11 pm

Bit early yet youngun! But that might be a good idea! Probably won't happen till sometime in 2009 so it will be interesting to see if there is any interest here, although it would be nice to get a bunch of locals (Les Francais) interested as well. The first time we did it in Scotland there were only about 12 starters and a few cars! Four years on in Scotland this year there were 46 folk and 23 vehicles! We've always had a basic format here is Scotland. Pick a start point, finish at an event, all the participants decide what happens in between with a little influence from the wind. The only rule is...there arn't any! Although we do like to leave our stopover points tidy so there are no complaints from the locals. I think the format works which is why so many folk have come back more than twice. Its not just about kitesurfing. Peolpe and new places play a big part in the atmosphere.

Mark
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Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:11 am

hi every body

that first tour was absolutly fantastic for me, great to meet you and the top o north
next yera i will be with you again,
has some are talking about the french tour , i think brittany is more than perfect, it is possible to have almost the same freedom , but not in the summer , the periode from march to very beganning of may is perfect and the weather might be even better than in scotland during august, the idea for me would be to have a second target , and to add the waves .

in brittany you will find around douarnenez ( might be the ending place) in 2 hours drive , the nicest spot for wave riding .with all direction off wind and swell

chek here a little video to see some of them
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=V3MdGCNcZ ... re=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
and an other video of our jaws
http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=tsDdEvPtF ... re=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

so may be time to start to think about it

shereo

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ali h
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Wed Sep 17, 2008 12:49 pm

Sounds great sebastien :-D We could organise it for the week before or after the Watergate event (if it's happening next year). I just hope my van is up to making that sort of trip!
marktward
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Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:12 pm

didn't know watergagte was in France.... :shock:
ali h
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Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:30 pm

No as far as I know it's in Cornwall...but might be a good way to break up the journey down from Scotland. Get the plymouth ferry maybe?
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