Thought I would take a short break over Xmas down to Portugal, to find a bit of Xmas sun, well we certainly found that, temperately warm, just under 20’c I spent the day on the beach eating grilled halibut and drinking green wine, but not a puff of wind! I thought one of these days would be good for a bit of windsurfing, but I had to make do with sitting in the sun drinking lager. Annoying as it is.
for all you ice enthusiasts out there the Swedish Ice Cup 2015 is set for these dates,
KVICKSUND 10-11 januari
VÄSTERÅS 31 januari – 1 februari
FALUN 14-15 februari
STOCKHOLM 21-22 februari
So long as there is some ice, its December and the average temperature in Stockholm is still above 0 deg C I hope they’re gonna be able to hold it.
I am unsure if i will get time to put together an iceboard in time, although it shouldnt take too much effort to convert the mountain board i bought a few years back, its already got a mounting point for a mastfoot.
I finally got round to leaving in my board for repair to a local professional repairer called Tobias, who was recommend by the local surf shop, the board had some fine cracks in the nose from a mast strike and a few solid in the gel coat, he’ll even beautify the quick and dirty patch made on the port rail which looked like a tube of toothpaste had been squirted in to the gap. While I was at the surf store I picked up a universal foam style nose protector, apparent you just stick it on, so I’ll do that when I get the board back. It also turns out he’s really in to ice surfing too and makes and builds ice surfers. He told me about the local councils promise to clear a 200 by 200 m section on Älta lake, a good choice of lake apparently as it is small it freezes early and tonight we finally got -0.5 c in Haninge around 9pm. So it might well be that we get to try out the ice armada again, it will be interesting see how the boards behave in clean ice opposed to compacted snow.