BM: Jamie, let’s focus on the sponsorship change first, why the move and can you tell us more about it?
JH: A couple of years ago I broke my leg after the first PWA event of the year. In the time I was starting to slowly get back on the water, Vandal sails needed their photoshoots taking care of along with the rest of their media. As Vandal and Gaastra are owned by the same people and the fact that I was no way near competing again I just started to help with Vandal. Now that i’m better and fully recovered I am using GA sails again but will still help out with Vandal when needed.
BM: It seems to be working out already as you placed second at BWA Cornwall, just behind your team mate Ross Williams, you must be happy with your result?
JH: The sails are different and offer a bit more power than I’ve been used to but they feel great in the hands. I used the 4.5m IQ in Cornwall (I think Ross used his 5.7m Manic). It was very good conditions really and we were very lucky I’d say, as Gwithian hasn’t really been getting that good for a while. 2nd place is great as we had a full turn out of pros but would love to have won.
BM: Looking back before the contest you made a trip to the Isle of Lewis, can you tell us more about the trip, who you went with and how the conditions were?
JH: Comps, sponsorship and everything is great but at the end of the day riding perfect waves with friends on some pretty far out places is what it is all about. The trip up to the Isle of Lewis was insane, everyone was ripping and a great warm up to the Cornwall event. It was also great to take young Aleksy Gayda up there and just a shame he wasn’t able to get dialled into the waves in Cornwall as he was ripping up in Lewis, along with Jack Hunt.
BM: You choose to sail a lot in the UK, tripping around and not really caring too much about the cold, does it bother you much or is there more behind these wave locations?
JH: Right now it isn’t that cold and i’m often away during the really cold months. I even used a 3/2mm Body Glove suit up in lewis. For October the water is still warm and don’t even think about it.
BM: Would you say there is still some untapped potential around UK shores or has it all been discovered?
JH: Yea I reckon. It’s about the amount of time you can put into ignoring places you know will be firing in the search of somewhere new. I think we have plenty of spots all over the UK that are great fun. There are a few places I have on the radar for the next year…
BM: Looking ahead at your winter plans, do you have any trips in mind and will you be training to compete on the PWA next year?
JH: I’m booked to get some training in Cape Town this winter then will be taking care of the GA / Tabou photoshoots in Maui in early spring.
BM: Lastly, what are your top 3 waves in the UK and how do they compare to places abroad?
JH: Kimmeridge, Magheroarty and Isle of Lewis. But there are lots of great spots on their day. You can’t be everywhere at once and i’d love to go all over the world sailing the best spots, but here in the UK can be incredibly good quite often, you just need to get in the car and go for it.