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03/28/2014 - created by Chris Yates


St Ives harbour wall comes out of hibernation to produce howling winds and powerful waves

Cornwall already showcased the world class conditions, which often grace southwest England during the final mission of the Red Bull Storm Chase. However, just a few weeks after the conclusion of the RBSC, another deep low pressure combined with a fearsome swell was forecast to bombard Cornwall’s shores again.

Jamie Hancock (Tabou) was on hand to take full advantage of the fantastic conditions, together with PWA Head Judge Duncan Coombs.

The St Ives harbour wall only works once in a blue moon, but on this occasion the wind and wave gods aligned perfectly to create the optimum conditions to bring this sleeping beauty to life.

Jamie Hancock about his latest Cornish mission:

"I've never windsurfed at the harbour wall in St. Ives and I'm not sure many have. It is so rare to get the right wind, swell and tide combo, this day had a solid 7.5m swell forecasted with howling NW winds. We were up and ready for first light only to see it about 2ft, raining and not very good at all. As soon as the tide turned though and started to push it kept getting better and better with a 45 minute window of fun sailing. Perseverance won.

The wind was about 50 knots and as gusty as it gets from blowing over St.Ives town and it kept changing direction along with the swell direction throughout the various state of tide. It was only me, PWA head judge and local Duncan Coombs and Thorny the electrician out on the water. We had a lot of fun and was lucky enough to have my girlfriend to thanks for filming. In the background is the venue for where the Red Bull Storm Chase took place, Cornwall truly is an incredible place."

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