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2016

Why I surfed 6 times in a week

By July 20, 2016 Surf more

Approaching lines at Watergate Bay

During the last week I racked up 6 surf sessions – the most I’ve ever surfed in a 7-day period. It’s been amazing and was all down to a chance conversation with my surfboard shaper.

I’d been feeling frustrated again with my inability to pop-up in a swift movement and my lack of confidence in going out back in anything over 2ft. I’ll have a lesson and come away stoked thinking I’ve nailed it, then I won’t surf again for another week or so. I lose the momentum and it feels like I’m back at the point I was pre-lesson.

And that’s exactly the problem. I’m just not surfing often enough.

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23 things to tick off my Cornwall bucket list

By July 10, 2016 Escape, Love

Holywell Bay

Despite holidaying in Cornwall for many years, I’ve barely scratched the surface of places to visit, paths to wander, beaches to explore and hidden gems to find.

When we moved to Cornwall 8 months ago, I wanted to explore my new home straight away. Despite it being Winter, I ticked a few things off my list – visiting St Agnes and Port Isaac, walking the coast path around Bedruthan Steps, surfing Polzeath and eating at Lusty Glaze beach restaurant.

But since moving house, working, building up my freelance business, surfing and getting back into my fitness, I haven’t found the time for many day trips.

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Along for the Ride

By July 5, 2016 Love

Meeting author Lisa Glass at the Ride book launch

When I first read ‘Blue‘, a young adult fiction novel set around the surf scene in Newquay, I was landlocked and desperate to read anything I could get my hands on relating to surfing – to connect with it from a distance in anyway possible. I’ve always loved reading and getting totally lost in a good book – I devoured Blue in one sitting.

I remember scouring Amazon a few months before thinking ‘why are there no surf fiction books around that centre on a female protagonist?’ Author of Blue Lisa Glass plugged that gap nicely and had me hooked from the first page. Little did I know that just 2 years later, the town where character Iris and author Lisa lives would also become my home.

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Corinne’s Surf Tour: St Ives surf day

By July 3, 2016 Surf more

Staying low - surfing at St Ives

A couple of weeks ago I went to St Ives for the second stop on Corinne’s Surf Tour. My focus was a little different from the previous surf day at Gwithian. I wanted to practice what I’ve been doing on small days – building my confidence by going out back, catching small green waves, sitting on my board (which I couldn’t do previously), and getting more comfortable in deep water.

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Kook sessions: 4 ways to maximise your surfing on a flat day

By June 24, 2016 Surf more

Sitting out back

A couple of weeks ago the surf went pretty flat in Cornwall for a prolonged period. It can be frustrating when all you want to do is get out there and practice whatever it is you’re currently working on with your surfing.

For me, it’s water confidence which is the biggest thing that holds me back. Before my first surf lesson 6 years ago, I had never swam in the sea but with surfing more regularly and time spent in the water, my confidence is slowly starting to build.

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Everyday is day one

By June 13, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Big wave

Starting my own business feels like taking on waves like this!

Since publishing my last post about dealing with stress and anxiety, letting go of my job and moving onto the next chapter of life in Cornwall, I’ve had an overwhelming response.

I’ve had so many messages from well wishers telling me how brave and honest the post was, from people who have been in similar situations, and from others supporting me and telling me I’ve made the right decision. It’s been my most popular blog post to date and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read it, comment and contact me. I’m hugely grateful.

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Letting go and moving on: Cornwall, the next chapter

By May 22, 2016 Thoughts

Sea

I had planned to do a big update on how life was going in Cornwall after a year, but as so much has happened lately, it seems appropriate to share what’s been going on and explain why I’ve been a bit quiet.

I would love to tell you it’s because I’ve been surfing so much that I haven’t had time to blog, but that’s not the case.

Some of you who know me well and read my blog regularly will know there’s been a lot going on in my life over the past couple of years. I lost 3 family members in a very short space of time, including my Dad 2 years ago. This coupled with relocating to Cornwall, buying a house here 3 weeks ago and recent pressures at work have taken their toll and my stress levels went through the roof.

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Fun on a foamie

By April 23, 2016 Surf more

Foamie 620

The surf’s been pretty junk just lately. Unusually long small/flat spells, especially for Spring, coupled with localised wind swell means there’s not been many opportunities to catch anything remotely resembling a wave. But that all depends on what board you ride.

With my longboard in storage until recently and me being pretty desperate to just get in the sea and paddle around, I jumped at the chance to borrow an 8ft foamie from a friend of a friend. It’s been 3 years since I rode a foam board – not because I’m a board snob or anything but purely as I’ve had my own mal and been focusing on consistency. I couldn’t justify the additional rental fee of taking a foamie out either, otherwise I think they’re a fantastic option for getting back to basics, having fun and catching wave after wave on small days when the shortboarders are sitting out back without catching anything (and probably secretly envying the wave magnet foamie crew)!

1-2ft wind chop with a 5 second swell interview meant it wasn’t ever going to be a great surf but I caught and rode waves  – something that just wouldn’t have happened on my mal in those conditions.

Worth getting in for? Absolutely! Why miss out on waves when all you have to do is grab a bigger board, get out there and have some fun!

 

 

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Corinne’s surf tour

By April 20, 2016 Surf more

Gwithian surf tour girls

Our group at Gwithian for the first of Corinnes Surf Tour 2016 – image courtesy of Checkered Photography

Last weekend I joined Corinne Evans on her Surf Tour at Gwithian beach for the first of this year’s dates and had an amazing time!

Despite the dark sky and rain as I loaded my surfboard into the car, the clouds parted and the sky got brighter as I got nearer to Gwithian. By the time I arrived, the sky was a brilliant shade of blue and I knew that despite the onshore winds I was in for a great day!

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Spring surf plans – surfing with Corinne Evans

By April 1, 2016 Surf more

Corinne Evans

Corinne Evans shredding at Fistral – image courtesy of Checkered Photography

Spring is here, the days are longer and the nights are lighter which means even more opportunities to get in the sea. It’s also a time for renewed focus and new surf goals, and what better way to kick start my spring/summer surf aims than with a surf lesson.

I’m stoked to be joining pro-surfer Corinne Evans on the first date of this year’s Surf Tour on 9th April at Gwithian Beach in Cornwall. There’s some exciting new changes to this year’s tour so I caught up with Corinne to find out more…

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