Lazy Days and Bike Seats for the Yuba Mundo

Sitting drinking whisky (Highland Park 18yo if you must) and ordering photographic books on Aperture for xmas presents. Haven’t done any exercise this last week or so – but off to the Middle East on Sunday and will be exercising everyday for 3 weeks so not feeling too floppy/slobby.

Bike seats for the Yuba Mundo are finally in stock so ordered one to put behind the toddler seat I knocked up for my eldest.

Looks pretty good and apparently the clamp is good.

Link here and here


Bike seat from Polisport very good – although the 3 year old is jealous of the stoker seat I made (the big girl seat)

Ready to Go

B&H is big

New York New York is my kinda town although trip to B&H on sunday to buy some stuff was a lesson in uber-mobbed. Like an Ikea store opening or Selfridges sale …. Seemed like 500 tourists in a desperation to buy shi* cheapo cameras.
Still I had ripped out some pages and knew what I was after …. Rode mic for the HD video kit, boom pole, utility organiser for the peli case and a smaller wheeled peli 1510 case to use for Iraq trips and for carry on luggage. This should be good as the 17inch macbook just fits across the top (addition * for the one person who came across the blog it fits well either across the top of the padded dividers with a padded lid or if using the organiser lid it might be worthwhile adding a bit of clothing to pad the top out).

Catching 3 flights in a row is always a pain and you feel the weight of the laptop after 12 hours.
Was in a buying mood yet resisted the urge to buy either a nikon 80-200 2.8 or a voigtlander 50mm 1.5 for the bessa.
Had the nikon digital with me and took some pics to make stitched pano’s – look forward to seeing how those pan (excuse the pun) out……

Strange day


Post drinking day on the water – forecast was for 25-35mph. I packed the car with only the 7m as I have really gone off big kites …. just not the kiting I like anymore.

Wind wasnt quite strong enough – I normally sail in winds were I have to use the depower …. but today was a bit underpowered. Still good 2 hours on the water …..

Had hood and gloves but barefoot still – although think booties might have to make an appearance soon.

new board maybe

pondering this ….

Spence Surfboards – 7’7 Displacement Hull.


A full on smoothie with 6 gears!! fast, smooth and very rewarding board. Loves long waves but at home in beach breaks and peaky sandbar conditions. Comes alive on clean longer days. Almost no tail rocker for forward trim and s-deck in true smoothie style.

Comes in clear gloss and polish with Clear True Ames 8’5″ L-Flex Fin.

Dimensions: 7’7 x 23 x 3’1/16

77 displacement

New Surfboard on the wishlist

Spence Surfboards 88 Displacement Hull.

Very bladey rails with deep displacement hull. Very Fast board for those looking for a longer hull. Paddles really well. Hit the high gears on this serious stretch smoothie….fun in spades fulls

Loads of smoking forward trim in all conditions.

Dims: 8’8 x 23 x 3



88 displacement hull Spence

Good day yesterday

Great day at the beach.

Well any day that involves kiting on a 7m is good in my books. Was going to be kiting with a pal and so i dropped my daughter of at nursery then bombed down to the coast. I was on the water at 11am – just one other kite out and 4 windsurfers (it’s rare to be outnumbered these days)

Onshore wind veering cross onshore as the rain squalls came though. Wind was gusting 18-26knots and once it actually dropped to about 14 and nearly had to do the walk of shame back up the beach.

A few little wave kickers coming in and had some lovely floaty jumps … I really love the Waroo – wish my 12m was one as well.

No kiteloops …. no raileys or anything fancy just floaty jumps and board grabs.

Packed up and Ed arrived but after 2.5 hrs I was bushed. Back to Glasgow and popped in the Western Baths quickly for a sauna (and only here did I feel my toes) and shower. Then picked up daughter home and put her to bed before friends came around for dinner. Pretty smashed but that’s a separate issue ……