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All of the people who walk through the big blue workshop doors here are multifaceted; everybody has more than one interest, and the same goes for us here. We all surf, but we all also pursue other passions and projects. James runs, and at the end of last year, having never run a marathon before, he signed up to run three in three days. A little more actually. Along a particularly steep and unforgiving stretch of the Dorset coast path. Some of us here nicknamed it “Jimmy’s Jurassic Marathon of Pain”, expecting it to be exactly the sort of “Type Two” fun that has been so well classified by the climbing community. For those of you unfamiliar with these different classifications of fun, they run something like this:-
– Type One fun is actually fun, both whilst you’re doing it and looking back upon it. Riding a longboard in clean knee-high waves on a summer’s day is Type One fun, for example.
– Type Two fun isn’t necessarily fun whilst you’re doing the activity, but you remember the experience fondly. Some winter surfs, with ice cream headache duck-dives, clean-up sets and frozen fingers punctuated by some great waves or a memorable turn, are Type Two fun.
– Type Three fun isn’t fun, at all. Neither when you’re doing it, nor in hindsight. Think terrifying winter storm surf, with a horrific paddle out and a current that rips you off down the coast before you can even catch a monstrous wave and you have to get out another bay down, climb the cliff and walk back to the car in the dark.