Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths – A change of plan!

Mislaying his passport leads Chris to an unexpected destination

Mar2012Gutspic2Robert Burns wrote “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley” such were Chris ‘Guts’ Griffiths plans for a winter holiday.

A Change of Plan!

February is classically a quiet time for surf shops. Cold weather and short days combined with the post Christmas spending reality check, customers are pretty thin on the ground.

February really is a good time to get away before it gets busy for Easter. So with this in mind, I started planning a surf trip to Portugal. With its consistent waves and warmer climate it is the perfect place for a cheap winter getaway.

I managed to organise a villa, car hire and flights for under £500 for a fortnight-brilliant!

However the one thing I didn’t check was the whereabouts of my passport. I hadn’t used it for a couple of years because I have been flat out getting my shop established so hadn’t been abroad. I assumed it was where I normally kept it – in my travel wallet. But, when I went to get it out a couple of days before we were due to go it was nowhere to be found. After spending the best part of a day hunting for the elusive travel document, I sadly conceded defeat and postponed the trip.

I decided to console myself in the short term with a trip within the UK. Having checked the wave charts, I decided on a few days in a cheap B & B just south of Newcastle. At first glance this seemed like a downgrade of monumental proportions (no villa with heated pool, no sun, freezing cold etc!) but what I ended getting in surf conditions made up for everything. I lucked into the best swell of the winter at one of the premier breaks in the country. The surf was perfect. At around 6 to 8 ft with light offshore winds creating the most exquisite barrels I have seen on many a foreign trip. I found myself in surfing Heaven !

Funny how things turn out – losing my passport ended up being one of the best things that has happened to me in a long time!

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