FILEY ON FIRE
2.30 p.m.: We’re back where we started on the Royal Parade at Filey now and the conditions look like they are about to turn on. With the tide pushing back up towards the sea wall and the headland at the top end of the bay helping clean up the swell nicely, it’s all setting up for a cross-off, down-the-line late session. With British Champion Phil Horrocks, Timo, Hunty, Steve Thorp and Aleksy all out on the water, Filey has a full house with the swell starting to pulse through nicely.
3 p.m.: TIMO
“I’d never sailed Filey before, I’ve checked it out heaps but never really saw the potential as the swell direction and tide have all got to combine to create the perfect day. Filey Brigg is the main problem as it blocks the swell at low tide from getting into the bay. As soon as the tide builds over the Brigg and the swell begins to push through, this place starts to work – and this day was working good! Conditions were perfect, cross/cross-off and head-to-logo-high waves, when the wind swung side-shore the jumping was epic and then, five minutes later it would swing cross-off again to make perfect down-the-line wave sailing. I loved my session at Filey, I nailed some of my best moves I’ve ever done, without a doubt I landed the best goiter I’ve ever done and Jamie captured it on film – I’m just not quite sure JC did! We were told that, once the spot passed mid tide, it would stop working as the backwash from the sea wall messes up the waves, but it didn’t seem to affect it too much. I was gutted to have to come in, but we had a long drive ahead of us and had set a time limit to be off the water so that JC could make his ferry home. To be fair I was knackered after the early start and sailing all day too!”