Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Trip to Dublin

Don't you just love it when this happens! I decide to leave the mountainboard at home for the Christmas period and on arrival at Dublin Airport and waiting for our bags, this advertisment is presented...... Typical, rub it in why don't you!

Mind you it has given food for thought for a road trip in 2010.....must check those ferry prices.....

And had the token pint of Guinness in case you were wondering!

Blue Away- Trip on the London Eye

Went for a "Mulled Wine Flight" on the London Eye.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sand Snow Boarding

A very unique experience yesterday, mountainboarding on sand and snow at the sametime. The ground was frozen, the snow and sand mixed together to form a fluffy and light surface or pixie dust....

We hit Martha's Hill again and found some new runs and it was one of the best rides of the year. I still had an adrenalin buzz at midnight.....

Found new tracks, heard people shouting snowboarders and saw some excellent near miss church car park crashes......

Inspired Day Out!

Some New Paintings

Skull Ride, Sports Beer and Rocket Run

Ice Cream, Boneshaker and Perfect Day 1

Each picture has it's own story from a day out mountainboarding this year.

Skull Ride- Early May 2009, we hit a spot in north Surrey, not far from the M25. We hit a run which got very fast, then narrow and went into a blind corner, the last thing I saw was the stinging nettles and the sound of Evilc saying "watch out!" I walked away with a face full of stings.

Sports Beer- Dedicated to all spots visited this year that had a watering hole at the end of the run. The Horseshoe, Perry Woods, Kent and The Plough @ Cadsden, Chilterns, Bucks.

Rocket Run- One of the runs at the back of the Plough at Cadsden, not only was it a very fast ride, we had the one and only "Rambling Rambler" giving us a rocket as we passed. With his fists clenched, I heard him say "Grr those bloody kids.. you could kill somebody!"

Ice Cream- Deep in the Chilterns, we found that Evilc's brand new water bladder had a puncture or three. Given that it was one of the warmer days of the year, our luck was in when we came across an ice cream van a few hundred meters from where we had parked the car....Cool!

Boneshaker- This was going to be based on a couple of rides, one in the Chilterns and the other in Kent. However, having found a run at Martha's hill last weekend which had everything from gnarly roots to larger than average rocks, concrete blocks and other features, including a brick berm and a log gulley. It was a real shake down of the senses; you didn't want to slam for fear of breaking bones.

Perfect Day 1- Secret spot in Devon where I spent the morning boarding and the afternoon surfing.

Jelley Hollow

We went hunting for a natural half pipe last weekend and found this.....

200m of fun...... and more

Sunday, December 06, 2009

St Martha's Hill or Sandcastles at 160m above sea level

Ode to the Kentatb crew

Ian from Kent's finest mountainboarding crew, suggested that Martha's Hill in Surrey could be a really good place for a day out riding.

Martha's Hill is just south of Guildford, part of the North Downs Way, has amazing views, widing ranging foliage and is used by horse riders, old persons with sticks and men with oversized skateboards...

As field reports go, imagine riding an oversized sandcastle littered with beach related debris and you've got Martha's Hill. Plenty of runs twisting through pine trees and sandstone boulder avenues, it made for a perfect inland day at the beach. 

Next time we'll bring the buckets and spades and sculpt a huge great sandcastle with a big draw bridge or a ramp up to it.

Run of the day was from the Church to the west side car park as it had something for everyone.  

Great day out

Rein (deer) stops play

Saw this on Thursday in Windsor and thought what happened to Father Christmas?

Has Rudolph, Blitzen, Prancer, Cupid et al decided to do extra apperances on one of their 364 day's off?

Flying visit!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Friday Turned Out Fine

After setting up the blog Friday lunch time, I was waiting for the "taxi call" to pick the wife up from work. Looked at the clock and thought, I'll be the good husband and went to collect her.

On arrival I was told "Go straight to the pub, if you pass a cashpoint please collect some money and don't talk to any strangers".

Ended up having a good chat with the wifes collagues about art, moutainboarding and dinner amongst other subjects.

On arrival home, we both nominated curry as the "take out of the week". When I got to the curry house the queue was pretty much out of the door and down the Farnham Road, almost as far as the eye could see..... After phoning through my order, a couple of local lads in the queue offered me up some brandy as they were waiting for a table. We got talking about football, payday and forty minutes soon passed.

It was one of those moments that you don't forget, Slough may not be the prettiest of places but it's got a colossal community spirit.

Curry lived up to it's usual high standard and the evening turned into the start of another weekend......

Friday, November 27, 2009


A couple of weeks ago, I had been talking with friends about taking a "day off". We had an idea that we would go surfing or explore the hills or just find a new place to view art, test beer and review all those "best laid plans".

My boss agreed to me taking a long weekend and then I looked at the weather report.... cold, wet and pretty miserable on all fronts.

A few calls, several emails and a couple of texts later, it appeared that everybody was otherwise engaged or had limited time on their day off.

After spending the morning painting, drinking a bucket load of coffee and procastinating about what else to acheive an inspired thought appeared.

Today could be the perfect opportunity for me to do something different, maybe create something new, venture into unknown territory or attempt to record my "Day Off" in a media friendly way.

An online meeting place to discuss, ask or free up some thoughts on what happens on a "day off".

Today's picture title is "If I wasn't painting I'd be surfing......"