Timo Mullen is one of the top wave sailors from Ireland, who recently decided to move to England with his family. He now lives in Gwithian, what’s an excellent wave spot for all kind of water sports. Timo released a cool video about his trips in August and September and we had a chat with the passionate wave rider.
Timo Mullen: “Home to me means so many things these days, my work, my family and my windsurfing have taken me all around the world but as I have gotten older and more settled into family and work life I have found the need to settle down and call somewhere home. Last year I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to build a home for my family in Cornwall UK right on Gwithian Beach, I’ve been windsurfing Gwithian for nearly 25 years so felt it was the right time to put some roots down there! The windsurfing and surfing are pretty sic and it is an awesome place to introduce my kids to the fun the sea can offer. My mum and dad and brothers Finn and Tam all still live in Ireland so I get to travel back to my native home quite a lot still, my dad picks me up from Belfast airport and I can be windsurfing perfect Irish reef and beach breaks within 2 hours. We had a great start to the Autumn in both Ireland and UK so it was a great opportunity to capture just a snapshot of what it has been like. It isn’t always like this, I’m not going to lie but when it is on there really is no better places in the world that I’d want to call home. Hopefully the winter is not too cold and we get plenty more days like you see in the video.”
Timo Mullen in an interview about his home spots
Continentseven: Hi Timo, you are Irish, but you decide to settle with your family in England. Are the waves and wind better?
Timo Mullen: Yeah the waves are amazing here in England, maybe not as good as quality as Ireland but i’d say England gets a lot more wind than Ireland and probably more varied conditions in England. There is a lot more starboard tack days than Ireland and I love starboard tack wave sailing. My wife is from England and also I have a full time job in England so those factors probably dictated where i live more!
Continentseven: How can you keep the level. You have kids, a job, a wife, a lot of responsibilities? And you land Forwards off the lip and Goiters in the wave. How great is that?
Timo Mullen: Ha ha, thanks I’m pretty stoked to land those moves, they take a lot of practice! I set myself goals in my windsurfing and my goals are to keep my level as high as possible, since I was young I have always wanted to try and land the moves the best guys in the world are doing, jumping is harder as the chance of injury is higher and the risk and difficulty I believe is higher but with wave riding i look at what the guys are all doing and i want to copy it. To learn these new moves though needs a lot of practice, my friends who I sail with will testify to the amount of wasted waves I have by just flying down the line and trying these new moves, I literally try 1000’s to get it right, I think that is a lot of windsurfers mistake, they try a few then go back to the same routine. If you want to learn a new move you have to try 1000’s to get it right unfortunately, well at least I do!!! My goal this year is to land a back loop off the lip on port tack, I’ve tried a few and know what I need to do and I know I can land it which is important to have that belief, I just need the right wave, it has to be hollow and cross off and we got plenty of those in Ireland and Cornwall so fingers crossed. I figure that if my level is still relevant to todays windsurfing then hopefully someone will keep sponsoring me, not by the amount of Facebook likes I have!!
Continentseven: Gwithian, your actual home spot, has all what you are looking for. It’s well known since the Storm Chase finals in 2014.
Timo Mullen: Yeah Cornwall is pretty special, but what i found with Cornwall is you have to be there almost all the time to score the really good days, they sneak up out of nowhere but i guess that is the same as anywhere. Our house is about 40 seconds walk to the actual beach so we made sure we were ready!!