Wednesday, 19 August 2015

2015 Session: Holywell Bay

Hello everyone, welcome yet again to another edition of Sandboarding Nation!

I promised I was going to blog about my holiday whilst I was on holiday, here in Cornwall! I think the Penhale Sand Dunes at Holywell Bay in the county of Cornwall are the best ones in the UK just because of its location, really high dunes and sands that just never seem to end, I could be wrong just because I've never been to any other UK sand dune complexes and I'll report on Holywell Bay soon since that has been my prominent sandboarding location for over 8 years. On the 12th August 2015, I done my annual sandboarding session at Holywell Bay and when I got home I felt refreshed, reborn and rejuvenated; I also fell asleep for an hour when I got back so it proves I did work really well but I did encounter some problems which was a shame.

Here are some of my pictures which are Creative Commons so reuse will be allowed. I haven't licensed all of the photos yet and I will post on the Twitter & Facebook page when I will have this done, so don't try and use all of the photos yet as the license may not be ready; it may take a short while as I'm on holiday still and the Internet is not too good.

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

Courtesy of: Ganymede81 License: CC BY 3.0

(All the above photos are under my name on Wikimedia Commons which is Ganymede81 and will be issued under license CC BY 3.0)

The all round review this year has been a good one, apart from a few issues on which I blame myself for, one of my main concerns with my performance was my lack of stamina as I was only on the dunes for about 45 minutes and usually I would be lasting much longer in duration and I would be doing more individual descents on the dunes but the main reason why I was put off was because the climb just seems to get bigger each year and it was a sweat filled day followed by some dry and sandy air so I had to carry extra water. Sandy hair was also an issue as when I fell down at one stage the sand grains just didn't want to let go. I fell into quite a few ditches, nearly went forward into a wire fence and I cut my feet and did a bit of damage to them.

I will be publishing a video after all the footage I managed to capture has been edited and produced and I will do this in a later blog post; However, in the meantime I will provide this video of me going down the highest dune in Holywell Bay and making a fool of myself. The above video will not be Creative Commons until 1st January 2016.

I understand this blog post isn't the best but every year, half year or whenever I go Sandboarding, I will make a post with this sort of structure, put 'Session' in the title and include my new label for this blog which will be named 'session'. 

What I want to end with and next week's expectations.

I feel as the main editor, head blogger, principal journalist (whatever you want to call me) I need to spectate and participate in this sport if I want to do more posts like this, film, take photos and not just make a post about Sandboarding on the internet but also to inform you.

Before I conclude, I would like to introduce all the potential new readers that I recruited from this blog's Facebook advertising campaign which resulted in a spike of page likes and Twitter account followers. If you haven't already please like my Facebook page and follow my Twitter page for my blog: 'Sandboarding Nation'.

Please join me for my next blog post which I will be writing about Holywell Bay in Cornwall where I had this session, expect it to be published on the 3rd September.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Spraying a sandboard

Welcome back to another edition of Sandboarding Nation! This time we will look at how to spray a sandboard.

There are 2 problems with my method which probably won't relate to an actual sandboard itself; Firstly: my board is made of hardened plastic so it is a different material, application will vary differently and a different kind of spray paint may be required depending on the surface your aerosol paint supports; Secondly: I remember putting a poll ages ago asking which colour my board should be and the majority answer was 'Flourescent Yellow' but the only colours in stock that were Fluorescent were Green, Pink and Blue, So I had to go for the closest colour on the spectrum. Green.

First step: You are presented with your board, and 2 other simple materials (Three depending on the material of the board). The two main things you need are masking tape and an aerosol spray paint can with the colour of your choice. 
You can apply tape and spray the front of your board too and you can also use an array of colours, but just be careful that you let the paint dry first to avoid colour mixing whilst it's wet, ALWAYS apply tape if you're hoping to do stripes and if you want to paint the front of your board (which I didn't this time) watch your footing so that you don't manage to scratch the paint off.

Step 2: Apply the masking tape onto the back of the board making sure it covers the areas you do NOT want covered in paint. The masking tape I used was 25 millimetres thick and the roll was 25 metres long, the price for 1 roll was 80 pence and throughout the entire project I used probably only about 8 metres worth of board; I purchased 2 rolls because I underestimated how much I would need but now I know, the small width of the tape ensured I had to overlap existing tape marks so you may see I've done it twice, where actually I have extended the width.

Time for a bit of maths:

8 metres in a 25 metre roll of tape. 

8 divided by 25 is 0.32
0.32 multiplied by 100 is 32%
32% of 80 pence is 25.6 (26 rounded)

So the cost of the tape for my board cost me 26 pence (£1.06 if you count the other tape I never used) which is fantastically cheap!

Double tape your board if necessary but don't do it too little as you don't want paint to leak through (which is very unlikely)

Also don't do it too much as you might make the tape residue stay (to remove it may involve scratching)

Step 3: This should be the fun part! Just spray your board; for mine it took me 2 ordinary 200ml cans which swallowed £3.49 each out of my wallet (£6.98 for 2 cans) and gave it a nice finish. My board is 104 centimetres in length and 24 centimetres by width and that roughly used 400ml of paint (notice I'm not using cubic measurements which might be unhelpful to some but please forgive me as I didn't get cubic measurements back in school).

If you got it to this far in the post, I want to give you a warning to not try and do what I did and tear off the tape too early as it left some paint bleed and some paint even came off the board itself! Give it a good 30 minutes or hour to wait for the paint to dry. I couldn't wait to take the masking tape off to show the patterns in the paint, so DON'T DO THE MISTAKE I DID and be too eager, people!

That is how you paint a Sandboard yourself without a professional or trader and in your own home! The paint would cost roughly £7 and the tape no less than a pound so it is a cheap project and a good investment of your style & reputation! 

Quick note on last post!

Before I conclude, I want to thank the real Doctor Dune from Sand Master Park for commenting on last week's post and giving me more information and knowledge about their place! Not many people know this but those guys are also home of the largest maker of sandboards on the planet, so I'm privileged for them to even comment on my blog so that's a small step!

Join me for the next blog post scheduled for the 19th AUGUST where I'll be telling you about my holiday, whilst I'm on holiday!