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2015

Goodbye landlocked surfgirl

By December 30, 2015 Thoughts

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I feel really sad writing that title and bidding farewell to my identity of the past 3 years.

It’s been an amazing adventure and one that has led me to my dream of moving to Cornwall.

This past year alone I have met two professional surfers who inspired me to work towards my dreams. I have picked up freelance work, had a surf article published in a magazine, made new friends, became a mermaid for a day, held my breath underwater for almost 2 minutes, tried wakeboarding and had an amazing time.

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10 great things about my first week in Cornwall

By November 30, 2015 Love, Thoughts
Little Fistral main

Hello from the other side…

I have been a Cornish resident for a week now and already I feel at home, like I was always meant to be here. No pangs of homesickness or yearning for my former life.

I took the week off work to focus on unpacking, settling in, getting aquainted with the village where we’re living and get all the boring admin stuff out of the way that goes along with a house move.

It was also a perfect excuse to take some time out and relax after what has been a pretty stressful time.

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Drawing a line in the sand

By November 18, 2015 Love, Surf more, Thoughts

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Tommorow is the big day.

The day I have dreamed about for so long and it’s now just a few hours away.

The past few weeks have been surreal, sad, exciting and scary. I’ve had so much on my mind that things like my blog, which was once my little sanctuary and way of staying connected to the sea and surfing has taken a back seat.

It was my intention to chart the journey from being landlocked to coastal dweller at every moment but as time slipped by and priorities have changed, I wonder if I will even continue the blog. I feel like a fraud…I shouted from the rooftops about how you can be a landlocked surfer and still make it work. To have the best of both worlds and be totally content…

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I’m moving to Cornwall!

By October 22, 2015 Escape, Thoughts

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Today we got the news we have been waiting weeks for. We have exchanged contracts which means it’s now legally binding and fully official….

We’re moving to Cornwall!

Despite being a relatively easy and quick process this time round, with only having to sell a house and not buy as well, it’s still felt really drawn out. I have lacked motivation and felt in limbo over the past few weeks as we haven’t been able to start packing until this point, in case for some reason, the sale didn’t go through. I guess as well, it hasn’t really felt real.

But now we have 4 weeks to pack up our life in the West Midlands, say our goodbyes and make the 240 mile journey to our new home.

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Limbo land

By September 27, 2015 Thoughts

Limbo land

I’m in a very strange place right now.

Since putting our house on the market last month, project ‘big move‘ has gathered momentum at a pretty rapid pace. Our house sale is heading towards the final stages now and in the next couple of weeks, we are hoping to have a date for d-day… or maybe that should be C-day.

After the initial surge of excitement, making plans and setting things in motion, the happy feelings have turned towards fear and stress. Only natural I guess with such a big move but I didn’t anticipate the lack of motivation. There’s so much to do and things I wanted to get done before we left the Midlands, like making sure my fitness levels were the best they could be, but I think in my heart, we have already left and in a way, it feels like I have disconnected and switched off.

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The big move

By August 31, 2015 Escape

The big move

On the journey home from Cornwall a few weeks ago, I was determined to be positive and happily reflect on an amazing holiday.

By the time we reached Devon my resolve vanished. We stopped for coffee at the services and whilst standing in the queue, the floodgates opened. I couldn’t speak for the lump in my throat and the usually enticing cake display blurred behind a sea of tears.

I probably sound like an ungrateful child who cries at the end of the party because they don’t want to go home. But those who love surfing and being by the coast, especially the ones inland will understand how gut wrenching it is to leave it all behind. To return to landlockedsville when you don’t know when the next surf will be is like being a fish plucked out of water.

It was the last straw and the final push I needed. I didn’t want to leave it all behind again.

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Carrying your surfboard..the easy way!

By August 23, 2015 Surf more

Rail grabber

If like me you struggle to carry your surfboard because your arms are short or you haven’t got the strength to carry the board on your head (which isn’t a good idea when its windy anyway), you’ll know how knackering it can be just to get your board down to the beach. You might have also tried carrying the board on your hip. Yep, I have done that too and it has put a real strain on my lower back setting the tone for a painful surf session which I have had to cut short.

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The next level

By August 18, 2015 Escape, Surf more
Photo courtesy of Checkered Photography

Photo courtesy of Checkered Photography

I think it’s fair to say that I have reached my comfort zone when it comes to surfing. I can catch waves, get to my feet (although not by the correct method) and ride the white water til the cows come home. I have fun, which is what it’s all about but I want to take my surfing to the next level and to do that I need some help.

I also want a different perspective. I think it’s great to mix things up a bit and you can learn so much from different people. I was keen to get the input from a female surfer who understands the issues that women surfers have especially with confidence.

For me there was no better person to do this than British pro surfer Corinne Evans.

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What makes a good surf?

By August 16, 2015 Escape, Surf more, Thoughts

What makes a good surf

I have just come back from an amazing week in Cornwall. Probably the best holiday I have ever had thanks to a combination of heaps of surfing, exploring new places, awesome eateries and some great weather!

I have never been able to surf so much in a week before. Usually we book a week and have these great ideas about how we will surf every day, and then the wave gods laugh at us and either present us with a sea of calm or shit onshore conditions and howling winds.

This time, they must have taken pity on us and decided we deserved a break. Four surfs in a row later and my arms are like noodles, my dodgy shoulder is sore, I’m knackered but my god I feel totally stoked!

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Landlocked surfgirls meet up

By August 2, 2015 Love, Thoughts

I may not have been able to surf at the weekend but I did the next best thing by meeting up with my landlocked surf buddies Kelly and Sophia.

Making friends with people who share my passion for surfing has been a huge part of my journey. It’s one of the best things you can do as a landlocked surfer – finding likeminded people to share the stoke, the frustrations, life and adventures.

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