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BMX In Barcelona

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while, I haven’t been out adventuring/shooting much, the reason for this is that I have had a broken wrist for the last couple of months and I have just had an operation to fix this. This isn’t going to stop me shooting though as I have just returned from a trip to Barcelona with some friends, and I have another trip coming up soon which I will tell you about at the end of this post.

 Views For Days - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Views For Days - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Like I have just mentioned I have just returned from a trip to Barcelona, the reason for the trip was for my friend Rob’s birthday. Myself, Rob, Bran and Max all spent a week together riding BMX on the streets of Barcelona, Spain. This was the first riding holiday I have ever been on and I can safely say it wont be the last. I actually flew out a couple of days after the others so missed out on a couple of riding days but that didn’t ruin the trip for me at all.

 Flying Without Wings - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Flying Without Wings - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

My first day in Barcelona was perfect for riding bikes, the sun was out and warm on your skin, the skies were clear with no chance of rain, and there was a slight breeze to keep you cool. Our first riding spot was a skatepark in the Favència district of Barcelona. The skatepark was smooth and flowy, perfect for cruising round with a broken wrist. Obviously Rob was pulling crazy tricks all over the place while I was shooting and Bran and max just cruised round coming up with lines and trying things they hadn’t done for a while. We session the skatepark for a good couple of hours before making our way up to a viewpoint Max had found nearby online.

We hiked up through a small neighbourhood for a good half an hour before reaching our destination. It was all well worth i though as our view over the city was incredible! We hung around for a while before slowly making our way back down and on to the next riding spot. Our next spot was a small urban park with lots to ride, banks, benches, walls and even a fountain. Everyone, aside from myself, had a good go on everything before we headed off to our final spot of the day. This one was a HUGE hip in a park, by the time we got there we had lost all the light so were having to make do with street lights to see what we were riding. Rob played around on the bank for a while as Bran was eyeing up something big. That something was a massive Tuck No-Hander over the hip, he took a couple of runs to get it right before sending the biggest no-hander I’ve ever seen! I only just managed to get the picture but missed focus which annoyed me, but as you can see above we had very limited light to work with.

 La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

La Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

 

Day 2 was a tourist day for us as the wind was way too strong to ride safely. Instead of wasting the day at the apartment we made our way over to La Sagrada Familia to check it out. I have actually seen the cathedral before on a family trip to the city but it’s still awesome to see. I’m amazed that it’s still under construction to this day. We didn’t go inside, I will do one day, but hung around outside instead snapping away with our various cameras and phones. Nothing else really happened that day other than some serious group chills.

 Watch Me Whip - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Watch Me Whip - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 3 we were lucky and got a break in the wind which meant another riding day. This time we ventured across the city to a set of brink banks next to a small park, one mellower than the other. All the guys sent tricks over and on the banks before we headed on to a small skatepark near by as it started going dark. We rode the skatepark for a bit but it was filled with skateboarders so we didn’t get much chance to ride what we wanted.

 Wavey - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Wavey - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 4 was super windy again but we headed out on the bikes anyway in hopes of the spots being sheltered, they weren’t. We actually ended up sat in a Burger King for an hour to hide from the wind. While we were out though we went down onto the beach to watch the waves. We called it a day early and headed back to the apartment to hide from the wind.

 Pride - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Pride - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Day 5 was another no-go for riding so instead of sitting in doing nothing I opted to do some solo exploring. My main destination was La Rambla, I had visited before on previous visits to Barcelona but couldn’t remember what It was like. Not going to lie, but I was disappointed. I remember it being a much nicer area with lots going on but this time it just wasn’t. I remember La Rambla being THE shopping street in Barcelona but all I found was souvenir shops, news stands and overpriced restaurants. I did find a couple of shops and picked up a couple of extra t-shirts and a jumper so I could combat the cold a bit better. After an hour or so of wandering up and down I called it quits and made my way back to the apartment.

 Flying The Flag - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

Flying The Flag - Barcelona, Spain 16/01/2017

The last 2 days I didn’t shoot anything, Day 6 was spent at the apartment tidying, we did go for an evening pedal but only for about an hour before we got fed up with the weather and headed in, and packing and Day 7 was spent waiting around to go to the airport so nothing exciting happened. If I were to go to Barcelona again it would definitely be in summer when the weather is guaranteed to be better and more exploring can be done.

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Rob

Ramp City

First of all I need to apologise. I’ve been silent for the past couple of months for a few reasons, the main one being busy at work and not getting out with my camera. Anyway, now that’s out of the way lets get started.

As you may know I like riding bikes, I’ve done blog posts in the past about my cycling outings. Previous posts have all be centred around mountain biking but this one is different, instead of riding my mountain bike I’m out on my old BMX. I headed out with Rob, Jay, Dale and Dom to a place called Ramp City in Blackpool, if you know you know, after work for an evening session. We all arrived at different times but when everyone was together the session really started to get going.

 Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Vert Wall - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

I rode for about an hour before falling and hurting my wrist. I didn’t particularly mind though because that meant I could focus on getting some pictures. As soon as I got my camera out Rob was boosting the vert wall in the street section, obviously I had to get a picture of his madness. After a short street section session we moved into the mini spine where Jay pulled a big tuck no-hander and an even bigger turndown. Rob mentioned that he had been eyeing up a line for a few years but never actually pulled it off. That line is a transfer from the spine quarter to the big quarter (see gallery below). It took him a couple of tries and 1 slam before he got it right before he moved on to throwing barspins into the mix.

 Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Turndown For What - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

From the mini spine the guys moved over to the other side of the park to the pyramid box area. As usual Rob was messing about with some odd tricks/lines and trowing some classic lines. After some messing around, Jay calling out tricks and Dom and Rob practising tail whips over the box Dale called out Jay, Rob and Dom do a train over the pyramid. Jay pulled another huge tuck no-hander, Rob pulled a tyre grab and Dom a table air.

 Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Jay Tuck No-Hander - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

om headed off shortly after this so we all moved back over to the street section where Rob and Jay tried to jump from the wembley gap to the stairs/rollers. Jay gave up after a few attempts but Rob was determined to make it. It took a while but he managed it and it looked SICK. After Rob pulled the gap Jay headed off as well leaving myself, Rob and Dale chilling and riding/skating till the session finished at 9pm. After the camera went away I still wasn’t able to ride properly so I cruised around on Robs skateboard just so I wasn’t sitting around getting cold.

 Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

Rob Wembley Gap - Ramp City, Blackpool, England 24/11/2016

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Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell Round 2

So another week and another Trail Tuesday, back up at Beacon Fell having a laugh and a top quality riding session. This is not a part 2 of last weeks Trail Tuesday Post, we just so happened to go back to the same place.

 Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

I’d had the day off work so ended up arriving first, to kill some time I took some pictures looking out over Preston and Blackpool, as well as some pictures in the car park of my car and bike. After about 20/30minutes Rob and Bran turned up with Andy, Dale and Lewis only 5minutes after them. Everyone got their bikes and gear ready and we set off up to our first spot.

  Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

 Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Our first spot was the same as last weeks, the 3 corners. It had been raining in the days prior to us going so the ground was a bit slippery but I always think that makes it more fun. Everyone session’d the corners for about half an hour before we extended the trail over the fire road and down the next section of woodland. Myself and Rob had a couple of races down the full line which left us howling with laughter. We session’d the full trail for about 30/40minutes before we moved on.

 New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

From our first spot we pedalled up and over to behind the visitors centre to a ledge. Now A ledge may not sound heaps of fun but with the crew we had it was tonnes of fun! We found a couple of lines down to the ledge, mixing it up and challenging ourselves. Everyone killed it on the ledge and really pushed themselves, even Lewis who has only been riding with us twice before and was on a new bike he hadn’t been out on before.

 Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As the sun was setting the season died down and ended with Rob and Bran having a log jump competition. Obviously no one else could get anywhere close to their distance so just sat by and watched as they soared through the air before locking the brakes on as to not hit anything in the car park.

 Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As everyone was getting ready to head back to the cars I noticed the sky looked like someone had pained the cloud on. The only way to capture the scene properly I had to silhouette the trees but I love how the image came out. Shortly after we all packed up our gear and headed back to the cars via the road, packed up our cars and parted ways after another incredible session full of fun and laughter!

 That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

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Trail Tuesday - Healey Nab

As you may not know I love mountain biking and a couple of guys i work with have started a weekly ride they’ve dubbed “Trail Tuesday” where we go ride a different, local trail every Tuesday. This week we hit up Healey Nab in Chorley. Healey Nab is a small trail built by local riders and has a wide variety of things to ride for all skill levels. The riding crew consisted of myself, Rob Lofthouse, Brandon Kirby, Dale Leeming and Ste Vickers.

 Whip It - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Whip It - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Our ride started at about 6:30pm when we all met up after work. It was an incredibly hot evening so the ride started pretty slow but as the evening progressed and cooled down we all got into our rhythm and the riding got a whole lot more fun. I’d been saying for a while that I was going to take my camera down to a Trail Tuesday and this was the best week for it. Rob is the best rider I know to take pictures of and I have actually photographed him before. There was one line that he was hitting that made excellent images, like the one above.

 Solid Cornering - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Solid Cornering - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Dale was practising his cornering on the black run so while I had my camera out I took a few pictures of him before I had a couple of runs myself. After a while we headed off to another area of the woods to him some singletrack. Rob and Bran had found this singletrack and had session’d it a few times on previous trips to Healey Nab. The section we session’d was 3, deep, loose, overgrown corners that are great for practising cornering and sliding. Rob demonstrated how it should be done before the rest of us had a go with varying results.

 Carving The Path - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Carving The Path - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

After a while of taking runs down the corners I got my camera back out to get some shots of the crew hitting the corners. I started out low to the ground amongst the action and shrubbery to get the classic cornering angles. After a while I wanted a different angle so climbed a tree and snapped form there for a while. I actually prefer that angle as you can see the whole line in 1 frame.

 Roosting - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Roosting - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

As we started to loose the light I got my flash out of my bag to make the most of a bad situation. Getting the right shot did prove to be hard at first but after a few runs I got the hang of it and got some cool shots. We finished riding at about 9:30pm when almost all the light was gone, we hiked back up the the main trail head and headed back out to the cars. On the way down the path to the bridal way was a fun blast down and was just as technical as it was fast. The bridal way is wide and fast with a number of big rollers designed to slow people down but being adrenaline junkies we hit them all at full speed and jumped off them landing as far away as we could.

 Getting Sideways - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Getting Sideways - Healey Nab, Chorley, England 19/07/2016

Once we were back at the cars and re grouped we all packed our bikes away and said our goodbyes. I had a great drive home round the nearby reservoir before jumping on the motorway, and found some great locations for future photo missions.

If you like mountain biking and are ever up in Lancashire I would highly recommend taking a trip to Healey Nab.

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My Favourite Place To Dive!

I didn’t think I’d be writing a post with this title anytime soon, I thought it’d come after a couple of years but here goes. 

And I know I’ve already done a blog post about diving in Guadeloupe but after doing more diving here I just had to write this one. Anyway, moving on.

I’ve made some pretty bold claims on this blog recently but here comes another. Guadeloupe, specifically the Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, is my favourite place to Scuba Dive. Jacque Cousteau actually said the waters around Pigeon Island, where the reserve is located, are one of the world’s top dive areas. He also encouraged the protection of the reserve after filming for the feature film Le Monde du Silence (The Silent World), which was taken on by Guadeloupe’s authorities.

 OK Jacque? - Tombant aux Carangues, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 12/04/2016

OK Jacque? - Tombant aux Carangues, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 12/04/2016

My favourite dive in the reserve is the Fran Jack Wreck. Sunk in 1996 the Fran Jack is a 90ft Dredger with the majority of it’s equipment still in place. You can get inside the ship if you wish via a purpose cut hole above the engine room, but we have always avoided entering to avoid getting trapped. There is a massive cargo hold that has much easier access and is far safer to enter. I have now done this dive 3 times, the first being when we first visited the reserve at the end of March and the other 2 times being our last visit in early April. The level of growth on the ship is immense, you can really tell it’s been down there 2 decades, and the diversity of the fish that live there is incredible! We have seen all sort of fish there, puffers, French Angelfish, Sergeant Majors, Trumpetfish, Jacks, Chromis and Barracuda to name just a few. 

 French Angelfish - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

French Angelfish - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

One of the dives we did was a small photo mission for myself, CP and Nena so we just swam around the ship looking for good, and funny, pictures. As we were doing our safety stop another group of divers descended past us and their bubbles created this beautiful image in front of our eyes. I grabbed a few pictures and think the one below, which came out best, would make a great background for a mobile phone.

 Bubbles - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

Bubbles - Fran Jack Wreck, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 10/04/2016

Another really good dive site in the reserve is called La Piscine (The Swimming Pool). The range of coral and fish rivals the Fran Jack but in a completely different environment. The site starts off shallow (7m) and slopes down past 30m, but it’s best to stick around 15-25m as thats where the coral is most impressive and where the fish hang around. Here we have seen everything from Parrotfish to Spotted Drums, Pufferfish to Triggerfish and many, many more, some we haven’t seen anywhere else in the Caribbean!

 Yellowtail Snapper - La Piscine, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 11/04/2016

Yellowtail Snapper - La Piscine, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 11/04/2016

Another of my favourite site in the area is the Jadrin Japonaise (Japanese Garden). The site has huge boulders that are covered, and I mean COVERED, in coral. The boulders also provide excellent swim-throughs and crevices to explore, often with fish hiding in the shadows trying not to be disturbed. You can dive anywhere between 1m and 30+ here but, just like The Swimming Pool, the best stuff is around 15m-20m.

 Purple Tube Sponge - Jardin Japonaise, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 09/04/2016

Purple Tube Sponge - Jardin Japonaise, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 09/04/2016

The last site worth mentioning is the Tombant aux Carangues (Falling at Jacks) where you can find a sunken bust of Jacque Cousteau to pose with for an obligatory photo (like the one at the top of this post). The first time we visited we missed this site off due to the amount of current on that side of the island, but on our last visit we made sure to do it. The site starts at about 10m and slopes off nicely to 20m but you can dive further down to, and past, 40m if you wish, although it’s not recommended. Like other sites I’ve mentioned, the best diving is between 10m and 20m. Obviously we made time for pictures with Jacques’ bust. He originally had a hand giving the OK hand signal but it seems to have disappeared, whether is has been stolen, damaged, or just worked itself loose in the currents and drifted off I don’t know. Just like in the Swimming Pool we saw much of the same variety of fish and coral.

 Following The French - Tombant aux Carangues, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 12/04/2016

Following The French - Tombant aux Carangues, Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe 12/04/2016

So that concludes this post. Like I said this is my favourite place to Scuba Dive so I do whole heartedly recommend visiting the Jacque Cousteau Underwater Reserve if you are ever in Guadeloupe, even if you don’t Scuba Dive as there is lots to see just by snorkelling and you won’t be disappointed. If you do Scuba Dive then there are plenty of dive centres around that run multiple trips daily, all by my understanding have good reviews and give a great experience.

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Rob