Over the winter many of the UK’s windsurfers head to sunnier climes, but who’s going where and why? In this feature we will regularly catch up with a variety of windsurfers who are seeking some winter sun and wind.
Next up is the freestyler, also making waves on the BWA tour, Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers.
Where are you?
Cape Town, South Africa.
What conditions have you had recently?
The first month we had awesome waves and good wind but sometimes a bit lighter. This month it has been super mental windy and not much swell so mainly jumping and freestyle. I’ve done a couple of trips both for freestyle and waves. Luckily over here the furthest you have to drive is about two hours and even that feels like a long way! Most places are with 10 minutes!
Who have you been sailing with?
Been sailing with the Euro boys and girls! The Dutch Amanda Beenan, Austrians Max Matissek and Manu Grafenauer and Danish Kenneth Danielsen, also Sam Neal and a couple of other UK guys in the beginning and then the main English contingent of Muzza, Max Rowe and Jem Hall turned up at the start of January. I’m sharing a car with Max which is pretty easy as he’s getting into his wavesailing a bit more now as well. Muzza is in our house as well which is always entertaining!! Speaking of entertaining, I never realised that Jem Hall was such a disco diva!!
What equipment have you been using most of the time?
I’ve been using my 2013 JP Quads with the K4 Fins set up. Depending on if it’s float and ride on bigger days I have been using the more grippy flexies and then on the smaller wndier days I have been using the looser stubbies. Also the new asymetric side fins have been working pretty well.
For sails I have been using the 2013 Neil Pryde Combats in the waves and the Wizard for freestyle. It’s been so nice having the different sets of sails with me.
What’s in store for you next, how long out you out in SA and where will you be off to next?
I am staying here until the 12th of Feb and then heading off to Dahab to do some photo and video shooting for JP. Then also Maui for the main JP and NeilPryde product photo and video shoot. Events start soon after that in the UK and PWA Tour. Looks like it’s gonna be a busy (and sunny) few months haha!!