Welcome to the site!
Aswell as regular features and news updates from Fuerte, I am going to be using this site to promote my windsurfing clinics.
After 15 years on the island,having competed in the PWA freestyle world cup and now representing Fanatic Boards and North Sails, I have decided to give something back to the sport which has given me so much over the years.
My aim is to provide clinics "tailor-made"for each individual, with a strong emphasis on practical in-the-water instruction, backed up by on-the-beach tuition and video analysis. The consistent conditions here in Fuerte make learning so much easier and, perhaps equally important, more fun than the typically inconsistent, cold UK - why not come over for a week and improve your windsurfing by a year!!!

I can help with any manoeuvres from carve-gybe through to advanced jumping and freestyle, just email me with your wish list and we'll take it from there! Over the next few months, I am going to be video-chronicling manoeuvres which you can check out on the right in my tricktionary sections. This will give you some idea of the things we can work on, or, if you can't make it over here, you may find them useful to help understand and break down a manoeuvre you would like to learn (hopefully, the slow-mo will help in this respect!).Just click on the trick and scroll down..........
Anyway, keep checking it out as I have loads more in my bag of tricks and will be updating as and when I get the footage.
If you're interested, e-mail me on gibboinfuerte@yahoo.co.uk
See ya in Fuerte?
Stephen.............

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Cape Town.

It's been a long time since I saw a real interesting, different windsurfing video but this latest webisode from the Fanatic Team in SA was most enjoyable- loads of action, beautifully filmed and good to see some self-deprecation from the incredibly talented sailors, definitely worth a watch from start to finish. Check it out...

FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE from Fanatic International on Vimeo.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Pics from Punta last week.

The wind has pretty much gone and left us with only beautiful sunshine, pah! Time to chill and recharge the batteries before the next front comes through, hopefully for Easter when I have a full week off. No group clinic this year so just tons of freesailing for me, yeeha!
There's a bit of wind forecast for this afternoon so I'm off to Punta to try and get some more video for my instructional DVD, bit of freestyle and tacks and gybes today hopefully- the jumping and riding section is all but done now so the last bits should be quick and easy to get...
Anyway, I sorted through the photos from Victor of last week's jump sessions
and now have loads of great shots to post up. Here are a few of my favourites...
 

 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Action! (with video)

Loads of action this past week. The wind has continued blowing non-stop and we've been sailing Punta almost every day- mornings before work and gloriously long sessions at the weekend! The first bit of news is that I won't be posting any more GoPro pics on here for a while as we lost it at Punta last week. Bummer. It mustn't have been clipped into the flymount properly and feel off the mast after a forward crash from Lucy. I went snorkelling the very next low-tide (in mast-high waves, interesting) but obviously there was no sign of it. I didn't find that missing jumbo jet either. I did see a lot of fish however.

Last Sunday I did a one-to-one forward clinic with Domenico from Italy at Punta and am pleased to report that it was a resounding success and he was sailing away from forwards after only two hours of tuition! Fantastic! Check out his photo here..
Not bad, eh? Check out his face by the end of the day...
The clinics are on a bit of a roll actually, as I had Michele, another Italian, on Friday morning for three hours and he learnt vulcans from scratch in that short time! He was a very quick learner, super sporty, a bit gung-ho and a good listener which I think were the 'secrets' to his rapid success. Looking at the forecast we could have another similar day on Wednesday, it was incredible for jumping that day at Flag Beach- slightly overpowered on 5s with perfect ramps between 1 and 3m on the reef to the left. Perfection. If we get that again, I am going to teach Michele forwards on Wednesday I think, reckon he could be sailing out of them in a couple of hours.

On the last day at Punta, my little mate Victor jumped in the water with his camera and took a load of photos which I will share very soon once I've had a look through myself. They look incredible though, well done Victor for swimming around in 30 knots and waves and current! At the same time, Lucy had cricked her neck the day before and wasn't able to sail so I managed to convince her to video me for an hour (she sill owes me looooaaaads from when I was injured, hehe). I am busy compiling an instructional DVD for my upcoming clinics at the moment and I needed a couple of push loops and some tacks and gybes for it so Lucy videoed the first hour of my session and I got quite a lot of footage which I made into the short video below. I still need quite a few more clips for my tuition DVD (not push loops obviously) so hopefully I'll be able to twist her arm again in the very near future. In the meantime, check out the action from last Wednesday...



Push loop practice, 25th March 2014 from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Stepping up.

    I had some cool sessions at Punta last week. The wind has dropped now after blowing constantly for ages- it might actually be quite nice to have a breather, dust the cobwebs off the SUP and just cruise for a bit. I have been getting more and more comfortable jumping over the last month or so, last week I attempted (and landed, I hasten to add!) my first push loops since the operation, and probably since a good 8 months or so before that as I had been too injured to sail/jump since before Christmas 2012 really. Pretty happy to be back on the water at all, never mind doing all the stuff I could do before and I feel now as though I am getting back to the level I was at a couple of years ago, although I still have a way to go.

   On the last windy morning at Punta we hit the tide just right and there were great ramps on just about every run so I decided to try all my jumps one-handed for half an hour to see how it went. I had the GoPro on the mast and got some great snapshots but it seemed a shame to throw all the footage away so I chucked it together into a short video for the blog. I must say it was nice to feel that familiar nervous feeling you get before you try a new manoeuvre for the first time (even though I've done these in the past, it was a very long time ago and I never really practiced either move), reminded me of when I learnt air chachos many moons ago! The back loops went surprisingly well but I really struggled with nailing the landings from the one-handed forwards as you can see in the video, although they are kind of landed so I maybe shouldn't be too disconsolate. Video footage is a fantastic tool for learning which is why I use it on all my clinics, and I think I have sussed my shortcomings from watching my GoPro footage back and am fairly certain I'll be landing them cleanly next time out, watch this space...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Back to full strength?

The wind has kept on blowing here, been sailing every single day for as long as I can remember now! We've been mainly sailing at Punta and it's been generally pretty good although the swell has been a bit on the large side so it's been mostly messy whitewater sailing. Yesterday morning was perfect though, we caught the tide just right and had a wicked jumping session. My hip feels great and I'm starting to feel more comfortable jumping now- did my first push loops a few days ago, pretty high, and also started relearning one-handed forwards and back loops! Another great piece of news is that Lucy landed her first ever dry forward a couple of days ago so she is ecstatic! Her sailing is improving daily and she's looking forward to kicking some serious ass at the upcoming UK comps (check out her GoPro pics below)! All good...



Friday, 21 February 2014

A few things actually...

First up, and most importantly, is news of Lucy's upcoming 'all girl' SUP camps this summer! Loads on offer and they're filling up very quickly (I believe there may be a group of 10 Californian girls coming over for one of the dates!), so check them out here http://www.supboardermag.com/2014/02/18/girls-sup-lucy-robson/ and get booked if you haven't already. And if you're a girl. She has more dates available now so drop her an email for more info...

On another subject, we've had loads of wind here lately, some of it superstrong, and big surf. We've pretty much sailed every day for the last couple of weeks. I have to go early because of work so have never been around when the photographers turn up but here's a couple of snaps of some amigos to give you an idea of how good Puerto Lajas was (although I was horribly overpowered on 4.0!).

As for me, well, I've sailed the last few mornings at Punta with just Lucy for company- fantastic! Check out a couple of gopro snapshots from yesterday morning's session...


And lastly, a snippet from the video I took that day. There's a prize if you can tell me the name of this transition onto the wave, answers on  postcard please addressed to Stephen Gibson, the rock... video
 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The sun is shining...

The sun has re-emerged after a few weeks of changeable, stormy weather and, with it, the wind has dropped so it's back out with the Fanatic Prowave and SUP time again. It seems like the rest of the universe has the same idea however, and rocky point was crammed today, making it very difficult to get in the right spot and take off unhindered. Hopefully the swell might drop a touch in the next day or so and open up a few other less well-known spots along the northshore. Or maybe they'll all jet off back to France. Fingers crossed. I. Hate. Crowds.
 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Go on, get editing!


   I just got an email from a friend in France this week about a video competition she is organising, check out the trailer above. There are loads of prizes to be won, plus a fair old wedge of cash so click on the following link, get yourself onto the facebook page now, and get editing! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inseec-Rider-Movie-Challenge-IRMC/661463673898902

  On a slightly more self-indulgent note, here are some more nice pics of this week's action 'down the coast' and at Punta for your perusal. It's howling again here for the next few days (with showers, though :( ) so it looks like I could get a lot more much-needed practice in! To be absolutely honest, I'm actually pretty happy with the way I'm sailing now, it's all starting to come back together quite nicely, both fitness and technique. I'm starting to jump again and my riding is improving with each session, getting lots of  fluid turns and nice airs. It's great to be back...







Sunday, 26 January 2014

Mucho viento!!!!

That amazing forecast we had came through pretty much spot on! I had a couple of days at Punta, then went down to Puerto Lajas for the next few days, stacked on 4.5 every day until yesterday when I foolishly rigged 5.3 and was overpowered all day again! They've all been really fun sessions with decent waves and I've started jumping a little more now, still with no hip-related repercussions so I guess it's onwards and upwards from now...
Today is windy again, but with the swell gone on the east coast I'm heading off to Punta for some starboard jumping for a little change. Hard life. Check out these couple of snaps from Puerto Lajas...



Tuesday, 21 January 2014

More action.

I've had plenty water-time over the past couple of weeks, a nice mix of windsurfing and SUP. Windsurfing-wise I had a nice session at Punta, did my first forward loop, backy and taka since the operation and my hip held up just dandy so I'm going to start pushing myself a bit more now, both on and off the water! I should be back up to full tilt by the Puravida Easter Clinic (dates to be announced soon!). We also scored a session at Lobos, just myself, Lucy and two good friends, which was very nice, although I missed the epic session the next day with flu (soft b*****d) and the next day at Flag. Oh well. The forecast is incredible for the next week, we are about to get hammered by wind and waves from Thursday onwards so I'll try to get some pics or video to post up if at all possible.

SUP-wise, the swell eventually dropped after New Year's enormity and I scored some nice days at Majanicho on my Fanatic Prowave- I bought myself some small fins to try and I'm getting some nice, semi-controlled slide in my top turns now, going to try to learn 360s next... check out the pics below of a session at Majanicho and the most awesome SUP pic I have ever had above, of myself, Lucy and Marina sharing a true 'family wave' at Rocky Point last week! Marina says to remind everyone that she's only thwee...




Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Carnage.

The side-effects of hurricane Hercules hit us yesterday with a mammoth swell hitting the northshore and making Rocky Point the only surfable spot here (again!). Check out these pics of the harbour and Rocky from Jerry Bligh!

I ventured out to the outer reef at Rocky Point and it was absolutely packed with surfers and SUPers, total madness. It was super difficult to paddle into the big, barrelling waves without running someone over. Check out this short clip of the chaos, people dropping in on me, hold-downs, slalom through the surfers, and without a doubt my dirtiest ever drop-in on someone- my apologies to the surfer in question (I tried to pull off as soon as I could but still almost killed him with my flying board, he wasn't happy), but to be fair this guy has dropped in on me windsurfing at Majanicho in almost every windsurf session we've had there over the past 20 years so I don't feel too bad. Karma...
 
 

Rocky Point mayhem from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! The weather here has been fantastic once again over the Christmas period- only a couple of days of wind but huge swell every day making for some fun SUP sessions. In actual fact, the swell has been a bit too large washing out the entire northshore and making Rocky Point the only surfable wave, which, in turn, makes it supercrowded at low tide when the outer reefs are working. Nevertheless, we sneaked in some great sessions both there and at the aptly named Tw*t Rock, where Andy had his first ever session on a SUP and was catching waves within minutes! On their last day both the brothers were comfortably paddling into some decent double-overhead sets on the outer reef- brilliant! We had a superb Christmas time in their company and that of Jim Puravida (who's still here for a couple more days) and family, thanks to all of you for the good times, SUP sessions, BBQs, photos, golf etc (and for the 'trophy' for winning the Corralejo golf cup. Again!). Check out the wee vid below we made from some GoPro footage from the last couple of days...
 


Christmas SUP sessions with the legendary Hobbs brothers. from Stephen Gibson on Vimeo.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Thought so.

The wind certainly did materialise yesterday, as I thought, and the big swell made a trip down the east coast to Puerto Lajas the call for the day. It was pumping, a bit too big for the bay really with some sets closing out the entire width of the bay out to sea. I realised yesterday just how a) out of shape I am and b) how rusty I am. Thought so. No surprise really after a lengthy lay-off and a big operation, but I was a tad disappointed with my sailing and know now I need to do some serious training in the new year to get my fitness back if I want to get back to anywhere near full speed. I had a couple of big swims from the outer point after losing my gear, and Lucy had the biggest swim of her life after losing her kit for almost an hour, finally being rescued by a local miles out to sea! After all that drama I went back out and sailed the smaller town wave with the locals (still pretty big and gnarly) and had a slightly better session. It was my first time out on my 2014 Fanatic Quad 89 and it went great, although the choppiness of the wave and my pathetic performance made it impossible to really tell what the board's performance is like compared to last year's model...
Today it looks almost certainly like Majanicho, I got up early to catch it uncrowded but at the moment the wind is light but building so I'm nursing a coffee and waiting for an hour or so...







Saturday, 28 December 2013

First day back at Punta...

As I mentioned in the last post, the wind has arrived and I ventured out at Punta today for the first time since the op. I took it very easy- no jumping, just riding and freestyle, and was totally overpowered and overboarded as soon as I hit the water, but my hip held up great and I may just up the ante a little tomorrow and try some little jumps...check out the pics from Hobbsy's new waterproof housing (thanks for swimming about in the cold, Si), and a couple from the land taken by Lucy, who braved the cold and wind to stand on the shore taking pics as I basically sailed in and out without doing anything :/ . Hopefully, more to come tomorrow...