I took my kit into work and left at 4.30 pa to catch the tube to Ealing Broadway. Steve P picked up me and Julian and Jane for the trip to Saunton Sands. We hit quite a bit of rain and it took us nearly 5 hours to get there as we didn't arrive till after 10 pm. Quite a few of the others were there by that point. And we had a few drinks in the Saunton Sands hotel bar. We then went back to the rather nice apartments and I was in Appledore and had a room to myself with en suite which was nice. Ross had bought food and beer so we drank a bit. Though not too much as it was an 8.30 am start. However I didn't drink too much as it was an 8.30 am start. Though the prospect of any surfing seemed remote as the forecast was for 18 to 25th waves and extreme wind.
We got up and had some coffee and got ready to go surfing but unfortunately a phone call to the people who rented boards soon told us that they would not hire out boards because of the extreme weather. The others dressed themselves up for a walk while I stayed in the flat and watched some more TV and had a not her cup of coffee. I then ran along the very windy road to the beach. here I found the others sheltering from the harsh sand blowing into their faces and taking pictures of all the foam generated of the waves. I chatted with them a while then ran ahead to baggy point. It was pretty windy up there. I turned round then and met the others on the way back as I ran back to the hotel. I just managed not getting wet from a giant wave and then managed to avoid the rain as I sprinted home. I then relaxed and watched the telly while I waited for the others to return. We then had chunky chips and dessert in the hotel bar for lunch. In the afternoon we went for another run. Ross, Claire, Steve B, and Andrew came with me and we headed off into the dunes. We ran out for about 3 miles then ran back along the beach. It was really wet and stinging along the beach, but then we ran into the sea at the end of the run. it was a good thing I had my neoprene socks on. We then watched the skiing for a while in the Instow apartment and presented Claire with a birthday cake, shaped like a surfboard. We then all jumped in the hotel minibus and they took us to a really nice local pub. I had a 12 oz gammon steak and a couple of beers and a funny again bomb that came in a silly glass and wasn’t very nice. I sat next to Claire, Abby, Jacob and Andrew. We then went back to the hotel and found a fiftieth birthday party that we crashed and we danced gang am style and thriller 5 ill about 2 am.
We got up at 9.30 am but there was no surfing to be done. We attempted to go for a walk but we got soaked through with the very painful rain off the sea. Ross attempted to fly his kite with limited success. Then folks turned back and there was a bit of a games fest before lunch and then heading home. Which was fast and uneventful. Steve dropped me and Julian at Hammersmith.