DARK AND STORMY DEVON!
(The images in this COAST SERIES feature are unseen shots from the story that originally appeared in the September 2012 issue of Windsurf Magazine. Print and digital subscriptions for readers worldwide are available HERE.)
John Carter heads deep into Devon for this month’s installment of Coast to hook-up with daredevils Chris ‘Muzza’ Murray and George Shillito at the local break of their sponsor, Tushingham. Chasing one of the wildest weather systems of the winter they descended on Bigbury to find extreme storm force winds and an endless sea of angry churning waves.
Bigbury is surely one of the most scenic locations in the south west of England. Framed by the iconic landmark of Burgh Island joined by a low-tide causeway to the west and the striking, rocky coastline of Bantham to the east, this stunning bay boasts some of the finest wave sailing conditions the UK has to offer. So when the chance came up to shoot Muzza and George at this legendary location just a few miles from the Tushingham HQ, I knew this was too good an opportunity to miss. I had an inkling when I left home I was chancing it with British Rail and a changeable forecast, but never anticipated the trauma that would ensue on a simple return trip to Devon. I had to make four changes en-route, plus it took five hours longer than planned. The last straw was when I missed my final connection in Exeter and in turn that meant I would miss last orders! The return journey was even worse – more about that later!