That's right, Guy Cribb, who is well known for his long distance feats is setting off on another adventure today. To mark the occasion we caught up with him for a few quick words in the run up to their departure. Click through the pages to see what's in store and a few top-tips on how to survive your own downwinder...
You’ve already undertaken a few epic windsurfing feats, can you tell us the most memorable one so far and what made it stick in your mind so well?
Bournemouth to Brighton in 2008 ish- we had gusts of 55 knots and I was on a 6.2m! 26 of us started, only 3 of us finished. I never experienced cramps like it- it took everything out of us and we rolled into Brighton on mental energy alone! But the Channel Crossing was also very memorable largely because it raised a lot of money for a very special charity- the Ellen MacArthur Trust
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From your experience what are you expecting on this trip, bearing in mind the number of guests you are taking along with you?
There's 14 of us from all over the world, typical of an Intuition training week, but all these guests bar one have been on numerous Intuition events with me before so I know they are mentally and physically up for it. However in every previous downwinder I have taken guests on they have ended in various forms of disaster. This is why I am confident that we have great safety plans in place to survive this one. If all others before had been easy, this immense event would not be so well planned. We are going to be safe, but I envisage fatigue, possibly gear damaged in the surf, nightie reduces, caiphirinhas overdose, bleeding hands and feet- nothing we cant handle. These guys are tough!
Has everyone been doing specific training for it?
Brett did the Marathon Des Sables for fun, Chris, Bernie and Ali joined me in Gnaraloo last month, Guillermo in Ireland, Magnus ran 3kms once, and everyone else is looking fit.
What is the actual agenda for the trip?
6 days to cover 500kms. 11 guests plus me, plus Eduardo who owns the windsurfing centre we use in Jeri - Ticowind, and JaoJao a local guide who has windsurfed the journey before. Staying in small beach hotels, but one night in beach huts and another under the stars, under make shift tents from our sails, as we are so remote.
Tell us a little about the windsurfing equipment you will be using, including quantities?
JP Freestyle waves - 93's
Neil Pryde Rydes all sizes.
Smaller gear supplied by Ticowind.
Four 4x4 pick up trucks for beach support.
What about specialised equipment, rescue/safety gear, what’s packed and who are the main supporters of the trip?
A monumental list-
- SPOT Gen3 trackers- a GPS tracking system that show us where everyone is at any time, using satellites.
- Walkie talkies with a 36 mile range plus waterproof cases.
- Phones, if coverage available..
- Satellite phones, if all other systems fail
- Waterproof torches
- Waterproof flashing lights
- Glow sticks
- Buoyancy aids
- Camelbaks/ hydration bladders
- Neoprene balaclavas (anti-hypothermia although unlikely in Brazil!)
- Wetsuit shoes - for any long walks home over mangroves
- Inflatable bouyancy
- More food
- GPS speed/ tracker
- Gaffer tape
- Two ropes
- Local money
- Identity cards that have phrases like I am Guy Cribb from UK please phone this number in emergency, and popular phrases like - I need a phone, I don't speak Portugese, Where is? All our accom info, etc
- Spare batteries
- Basic first aid (gaffer tape)
- Sun cream
- -Hawaiian shirts
- just your average day out windsurfing…
We can follow you live, can you tell us more about this and where people can track your progress?
Yes sure, we will have live tracking so please follow our progress live, we'll be windsurfing mostly during European afternoons.
Can you tell us 3 short sharp tips on how to keep going when long distance windsurfing?
1 - Use an inboard back footstrap because you will be very upright over the board and a single back strap helps keep your back leg straighter reducing energy
2 - Find flat water amongst the chop and waves
3 - Let the handbrake off (Intuition core skill- find it at guycribb.com)
Bonus - Keep looking for your sailing buddies- at the speed we are going if you don't see them for 20 seconds, you might not ever see them again…