Andrew Cotton

Monday, 25 January 2010

Kicking a man when he's down

Talk about kicking a man when he's down! As it's not bad enough That i haven't surfed in a few weeks due to a dodgy shoulder, missing a heap of good surf in the process I've just noticed Selways posted this from a session we had at a remote slab somewhere in the canaries........

Gutting but looking on the bright side of things the shoulders is on the mend and I'm frothing to get back on it.

Friday, 8 January 2010

Walking wounded

You can almost bet your bottom dollar the minute you agree or commit to do something in advance its gunna co inside with good swell, Its almost like Huey is looking down saying to the storm gods,

'cotton's just agreed to go to a family get together next Friday, lets send him a perfect Aileens chart and see where his loyalties lie.'

The thing is I just can't handle missing surf, especially good surf as any surfer knows there is nothing worse than being somewhere knowing the waves of the year are being ridden without you and there is nothing you can do about it.

Well the same goes when your injured and unable to surf, I've been scouring every weather chart and surf forecast website to see what I'm missing knowing full well that I'm unable to surf but for some reason i just need to know what the surfs gunna be like and where is gunna be good. I've been dreading today as it looked like it could be epic and as someone not afraid of a bit of self inflicted pain I decided to take a walk and check it out. It was a good walk, good views, good company and the thing that made it a whole lot better was the surf was particularly average.

Next week looks good, I wonder how that's gunna pan out.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

All good things come to an end.

OK, so towards the end of last year I had a run of bad luck, nothing to bad just a couple of little niggling injuries, a near death wipe out at Mullaghmore and a few hoaxed trips on swells that never really materialised or maybe just bad calls on my part. Things had been looking up though, I snagged a bomb on my last tow session (see pick) and the next day I got possibly the barrel of my life at g-spot. On returning home to Devon we've had some fun waves at Croyde and when the north coast went flat I scored some wedgie little numbers on the south, happy days. With the swell forecast looking good and plans of heading back out to Ireland to continue my run of good luck I sneaked a little low tide session in at Croyde yesterday. My first wave was a little gem getting a nice barrell and having a decent section at the end to smash, my run of good fortune was beaming then out of the blue it was all suddenly snatched, like some sort of ram raid, smash and grab scenario. I pulled into a left closeout and hit the bottom hard, a nightmare with a wetsuit proceded followed by a 4 hour A&E session and an appointment with the fracture clinic today.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

A top 10 finish to 2009...

Hells bells 2009 was a big year but i never thought I'd of ended up in the top 10 most exposed surfers in the UK. In fact i never even left the top 10 throughout the whole year, even spent a little time at number 1 for the month of may ! Here's to 2010, more waves and a whole heap more fun and just fingers crossed on the coverage front. check out which keeps tabs on who's who and whats going on in the UK surf mags.

New Analog advert

This was the new european AG advert back in November. Really stoked as its the first Analog ad to feature a Euro sufer, let alone a British one!
Thanks Analog for your support and cheers Selway for taking the shot.