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March, 2015

Day trippin’

By March 18, 2015 Escape
Day trip to Saunton

Day trip to Saunton

Despite living 195 miles away from my favourite surf spot, its totally possible to make it there and back in a day. It’s an early start, a lot of driving and tiring, but so worth it and ideal for taking advantage of ideal conditions at the last minute.

So last week, when the North Devon surf forecast showed 3-4ft and light offshore winds for Saturday, it was the perfect opportunity for a spontaneous day trip!

After a 3 and a half hour journey (which included the essential McDonalds surf trip breakfast!), we arrived in Braunton for a pre-surf mooch in the shops. Ever since I had a go on @fredrickparkes longboard last year, and particularly with Corinne Evans’ recent advice about getting one to help with my pop-up, I wanted to get some advice.

First stop was Surfed Out which has a reputation for providing honest and excellent advice. Owner Glen, a longboarder himself advised me, for my height and weight, to try a performance longboard – not as wide as a typical log but still stable enough to catch anything, turn and trim. Lucky for me, Glen had a demo board – a 9′ Cross pintail beauty with single fin and side bites – which he let me borrow to have a go: ideal!

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The only pro surfer from Wolverhampton

By March 13, 2015 Escape, Surfer stories
Corinne Evans - probably the only pro surfer from Wolverhampton!

Corinne Evans – probably the only pro surfer from Wolverhampton!

Us landlocked surfgirls are not always disadvantaged due to our geography. There’s British pro Keshia Eyre who began life in Manchester, and up and coming surfer Jessie Tuckman (originally from Macclesfield) who quit city life to her pursue her dreams of breaking into the UK top ten.

Then there’s British surfer and model Corinne Evans who I was lucky enough to meet recently. Little did I know that Corinne and I would share a strong geographical connection. It turns out that she is from my hometown of Wolverhampton. What a small world! She even attended the same secondary school as me and my other half.

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