A Tale of Two Systems

During the weekend, two separate systems provided sandy barrels for surfers on both sides of the Atlantic. Cloudless skies saw sunglasses emerge and dazzlingly white skin given an early airing. Wetsuit accessories were shed en-masse and an atmosphere of celebration infused the spring air.

"Something was different when I woke up on Saturday morning," says photographer, Matthew Loots, who spent his weekend snapping gaping Cornish tubes. "Apart from the hangover from Friday night, there was an unfamiliar brightness and warmth about the day. It was almost as though the rum from the night before still had me in her grips and I was dreaming of a far away land; a land where the sun shone brightly, on a sea shrouded in rainbows, as the light refracted off the spray from a gentle offshore breeze. But I wasn’t dreaming, this was actually happening, and after the stormy, blustery, unforgiving surf that I had become accustomed to over the winter, it soon became clear that this was better than any rum induced dream could possibly be."

Across the pond in the New World, East Coasters were enjoying similar Springtime conditions. "This day couldn't have been better," says photographer, Connor Haplin. "Spring temperatures, great lighting, and it was pumping."

We were a few in number and everybody was getting barrelled wave after wave. I couldn't believe it! So weird to jump from a total apocalypse to a perfect spring day of 20°c, blue sky and barrels."Arthur Bourbon

Perhaps the place best treated this weekend was South West France. The Atlantic storms which rendered Hossegor unrideable for months have left beautiful banks along the entire Landes coast. "The sandbank looked like Kirra, breaking further from the shore than a classic Gravière," said Arthur Bourbon, who has enjoyed several days straight of pumping La Graviere. "The waves were pretty long and the strong rip made them really hollow. We were a few in number and everybody was getting barrelled wave after wave. I couldn't believe it! So weird to jump from a total apocalypse to a perfect spring day of 20°c, blue sky and barrels."


Struan Gray

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