CHOCO­LATE BAR­RELS

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

Carve - - CONTENTS - WORDS BY JESSIE DAVIES PHO­TOS BY LEWIS ARNOLD

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

Your au­thor, Jesse Davies, and a late drop on a solid one.

Liam Turner swapped the brown wa­ter of his home point for an­other

Lo­cal wildlife

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