Surf Photography at its best

Way back in 1960, Surfer Magazine founder John Severson ran a photo of a lone surfer paddling out, with these hopeful words: “”In this crowded world, the surfer can still seek and find the perfect day, the perfect wave, and be alone with the surf and his thoughts.” This world has increased in size from just over 3 billion people in 1960, to more than 7 billion. The world’s oceans and beaches are feeling the effects of that population, but it’s still possible to accomplish the solitude that Severson wrote about a half a century ago.

lucia in her element
lucia in her element
between times
between times
a great duck dive - winner of awards
a great duck dive – winner of awards
Doing whatever it takes to get over the top
Doing whatever it takes to get over the top

Here are images from the very talented multi-award winning photographer Lucia Griggi whose office is the ocean and who is one of the most respected surf photographers in a male dominated industry.

he stole my helmet (and then sent it back)

Here’s a unique view of part of stage three of the Tour de France, as the race wound its way through the Epping Forest on the way to a sprint finish in the Mall. Europcar’s Kévin Réza was involved in the shake-down that day, leading out Bryan Cocquard to a fourth-place finish, but he found time for a bit of fun along the way too.

After a spectator’s helmet camera had been knocked to the ground by a ‘whoopsie’ elbow from Lotto-Belisol’s Marcel Sieberg – we’ll steer away from the debate on whether the fan was too close or Sieberg’s elbow was unneccesary for now – Réza managed to pick the helmet, complete with camera, up from the ground as he raced past. He clearly doesn’t stop or even noticeably slow down, so it’s a pretty neat trick. There’s general hilarity in the peloton thanks to Réza’s find – Chris Horner seems particularly impressed – before Réza radios back to the car and drops it off.

And how did the unlucky (or lucky, depending on your point of view) fan get the camera back? “My girlfriend sent Kevin a message via twitter asking if he still had the helmet”, he says in the comments on the video. “He replied and then he posted the helmet back to me! What a legend.”

Team Europecar pro cyclist Kevin Reza pickes up my helmet camera after a unknown team lotto rider elbows it out of my hand

Vintage cycling footage


BFI film

Bless the BFI. The nation’s repository for vintage films has done a fine job with the inclusion of these two pieces of cycling history. ‘Holiday cycling at Herne Hill’ (pictured above), is from the annual Good Friday event in 1924, which often saw crowds of over 10,000 cycling fans packed into the velodrome. What is particularly interesting – for a cycle nerd like me – is the good technique on show. Watch the first two riders spin efficiently whilst minimising their upper body movement. Remember – no clipless pedals back then.

The second film  – Cyclists Special – is all about travelling around Britiain by bicycle with the aid of our formally great – to those of us with romantic notions and memories – British Rail. An excursion train equipped with cycle vans – take note rail operators! –  takes a party of cyclists and their machines from Willesden and Watford…

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Commonwealth Games MTB XC race

some of the technical sections on the course - looks so easy from the tv footage
some of the technical sections on the course – looks so easy from the tv footage

Shot out from home and cycled down to Cathkin Braes after watching Philip Buys shoot off the start line in Lap 1 (supporting South Africa you see) to watch the second half of the mens race.

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Took one set of snaps of the leaders before my phone died ….

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what is worse is that my pics are on the flattest most boring part of the course …..

I am in the blue jacket just to the right of the riders in this aerial tv shot
I am in the blue jacket just to the right of the riders in this aerial tv shot

the guys were flying along – I did the lap in 20min in the past and think these guys did it in 13min – the end was spectacular with a surprise sprint that no one could respond to …



Teenager Anton Cooper secured a first mountain biking gold medal for New Zealand in an exciting finish to the cross-country race.

Cooper, 19, beat team-mate Samuel Gaze, 18, into second in a sprint finish with Australian Daniel McConnell in third.

Scotland’s Grant Ferguson, 20, finished fifth with England’s 2006 winner Liam Killeen in sixth.

In the men’s race, only 10 seconds separated the first three riders, who dropped Max Plaxton of Canada on the seventh and final lap.


Suunto Core Alu

Although I have a Garmin Fenix I use for running and kitesurfing, i also have a suunto core which I love. but the first edition Core has had it’s issues the latest being battery problems so I have sent it back to Suunto.

(within six months it had munched its first battery, three months later it had got through two others so I pretty much forgot about it. Last month I sent it back to Finland under warranty, and two weeks later I got a refurb back (was made a month earlier than the one I sent in.)

This one lasted a week before exhibiting the same problems as my original one (blank display, no life) so it’s currently back in Finland again.

I’ve heard good things about the late 9xxx serials, and the 0x serials, so check before you buy – if it’s a 7xxx or 8xxx serial number, even an early 9xxx (try to buy later than 930x) then walk away.

Serials are Year, Week, 5 digit serial – a eg 949xxxxx is week 49, 2009.)


In the meantime i have a Suunto Core Black Alu to enjoy. Get yours here – if you buy one I get a whopping few pence as a thank you

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Same Spec but nicer build

Suunto Core Alu watch, which comes in a variety of finishes, is a soup to nuts watch, though keep in mind it lacks GPS.  That short coming aside, it can measure the air’s temperature and tell if you’re heading in the correct direction thanks to the digital compass, which mind you automatically calibrates itself according to your surroundings.   In addition to that, there is an automatic altimeter/barometer switch, storm alarm with a weather trend indicator, altitude logger with altitude difference measurement, multiple date/watch/alarm functions, sunrise/sunset times for 400 locations, multiple language support, a user replaceable battery and a few different straps to choose from.

Kittel doubles up and Nibali wins the tour

Vincenzo Nibali is the winner of the 101st Tour de France, a race he led for eighteen days out of twenty-one. It’s also the big return of French riders on the final podium with Jean-Christophe Péraud and Thibaut Pinot second and third respectively. The last stage on the Champs-Elysées went to Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) just like last year. The German outsprinted Alexander Kristoff in a spectacular final sprint on the Champs-Elysées.

The traditional walk in the park

All the way from Evry to Paris, the 164 riders left in the peloton cruised at about 32km/h. The Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali shared some Champagne with his team-mates from Astana. The tradition was respected.

Jens Voigt’s farewell

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) was the first attacker as the race really started on the Champs-Elysées. Jens Voigt (Trek) was the next one and it look like a lap of honour for the soon-to-be retired rider at the age of 43. The German veteran won the last intermediate sprint of his last Tour de France, after which a crash occurred in the peloton. Runner up Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R-La Mondiale) slipped in a curve and a got fright with 43km to go. With the help of three team-mates, he made his way back to the pack five kilometres further. Four riders took the lead with 36km to go: Richie Porte (Sky), Michael Morkov (Tinkoff), José Serpa (Lampre) and Armindo Fonseca (Bretagne).

Kittel makes it four

Porte, Morkov and Serpa insisted as long as they could. Porte was the last member of this breakaway to be caught, with 7.5km to go. His compatriot Simon Clarke (Orica) was the last man to try to escape 5km before the end. But the inevitable bunch gallop saw the domination of Giant-Shimano in the lead out. Marcel Kittel emerged as the winner of stage 21, adding one success to the three he took in the first week of the Tour. Seven stages out of twenty-one have been won by German riders. Peter Sagan crossed the line in ninth position, therefore beating his record of points in the race for the green jersey. The Slovakian champion won the points classification for the third time in a row.

Bring on next year