My first wetsuit !
Determined to follow through and realise the dream, we booked an overnight trip to Croyde. We headed straight to Braunton to the Tiki Surf Shop which, Jay has told us, were doing a demo week offering free trials of boards and wetsuits.
An hour later, we had got ourselves fixed up with a 7′ 2 Torq
board and a 7′ 10 Tiki Mini Mega Mal
, plus two of their brand new, never been worn or peed in Zephyr winter wetsuits. Couldn’t believe our luck and it had saved us, we reckon, about £45 in hire costs!
The boards were interesting. I had gone for the 7ft 2. As I’m only 5ft 3, I really struggle to carry the boards we usually hire and turn them round in the sea. I was aware that the 7ft 2 probably wouldn’t give me the width and stability I needed as a beginner, but as Jay had hired something of a similar size, and is way taller than me and got on with it ok I thought I would try it. Needless to say I got on better with the 7ft 10 and although I didn’t manage to stand up (again), the board felt so much more stable and it was fun just to lie on to catch waves.
I had an amazing time and for the first time, began to not take it so seriously, ditching the impatience for just acceptance that this could take time, perseverance and a more positive attitude! In just 4 weeks, the gym had started to pay off. I had much more energy and was able to stay out for longer. The upper body strength would take a while but I was encouraged by the results after just a few weeks.
We celebrated with a meal in the Thatch and next day was a shopping trip to get hooked up with our wetsuits. I had coveted C-skins suits after I hired one in Mawgan Porth and fortunately for me, there was a good selection in the Little Pink Shop
(our hire shop of choice in Croyde – super friendly and helpful). I treated myself to a 4, 3 – a good all-rounder I think which will enable me to surf from around April to October.
The boards are a long way off yet! If I get to a point of being able to stand consistently, then I will hook myself up.