THE NORTH SEA HAS BEEN DELIVERING THE GOODS, ONE OF THE SURFERS THAT KNOWS ITS WILES THE BEST, JESSE DAVIES, GUIDES US THROUGH RECENT SWELLS
Whilst the left side of the land has been left wanting the right coast has been cooking. Jesse Davies takes us through it and Lewis Arnold shoots.
I HAD PREVIOUSLY ALWAYS UNDERSTOOD THAT IN BIGGER WAVES YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY ON YOUR OWN
at the end of October on the east coast an assortment of people converged from surf rich seaside towns like Saltburn, Scarborough, Tynemouth and Whitby. It was a notable swell. For some there are semi-ritual visits to certain locations.
After a few dormant months in the North Sea it was like a spoon had stirred in a teacup. Perhaps a teabag was swaying from side to side generating larger waves. There were some challenging conditions for a group to witness. Alternative locations scattered along the coast offered easier, fruitful pickings. It felt like a 2 – 0 score line on the larger day due to some decent waves.
At this better unnamed and unspoken location for a while I had a suspected some sort of superstition based on the outcome of a first wave. The second day offered what seemed a higher score line with more waves, less size and some beatings. The mid-week crew included Del from Scarborough, Evan Rogers from Saltburn, Sandy Kerr, Danny Allot from Tynemouth. People from near and far were on good form with only one board snapped as far as I am aware.
I had previously always understood that in bigger waves you are essentially on your own. This started when with my middle brother, Gabe, as grommets we watched Vietch (an ex-world tour pro) scale sea defences to take on local spots. Vietchs’ ashes were later scattered at sea over one east coast reef. My younger brother Owain Davies might have a different perspective as he has been dragged out