Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. I would love to be in the sea but, having a midweek birthday when everyone is at work (including myself) has made it impossible this year to get to the coast.
Since taking up surfing, I try and do something on my birthday that kind of relates somehow. Last year, I went to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham with my best friend. This year, I have got two new surf DVDs to watch which I will be settling down with later. I don’t know anything about them but they both feature some amazing surfers, such as Tom Curren, Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and John John Florence.
I had been hoping to catch up with the latest stop on the ASP world tour, but a lay day has been called, so it’s something to look forward to tomorrow.
I have been amazed at the number of messages I have had today – not just from my friends and family, but from the surfing community too. My favourite is by far the one from my fab Twitter friend @seasidedolly who sent me a pic of Kelly Slater’s bum! Very thoughtful and funny
I have also had a lovely present from my landlocked surf friend – a fab memento of Mawgan Porth and a gorgeous bracelet courtesy of Cornish jeweller Disco Beads! Even my birthday cards this year have had a distinct surf feel too them – from the amazing artwork of Claire Britcliffe to an iconic big wave scene from my mum. My friends and family know me so well!
But its next weekend when I’m really going to celebrate with some surf related activities. I’m trying stand up paddle boarding for the first time and, I’m stoked to be attending The Wave’s screening of ‘Beyond Sight’, the story of blind surfer Derek Rabelo and his mission to surf the notorious (and dangerous ) Pipeline in Hawaii. It’s funny, because both of these events will be taking place in landlocked locations!
In a couple of years, I have got a big birthday to celebrate, and I’m thankful that it’s on a Saturday! No prizes for guessing where I will be and what I will be doing 😉