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The other side of fear

By June 17, 2017 Surf more
The other side of fear

5 weeks of Polzeath Ladies Surf Club has flown by and Tuesday’s session marked the end of the first phase. Looking back, I can see just how much I’ve achieved in a relatively short space of time.

5 weeks ago I couldn’t pop up properly. Years of bad habits meant I’d repeatedly gone to my knees and I wrote myself off as a lost cause. But thanks to a supportive environment, fantastic coaching and some perseverance, I’ve nailed it!

So on Tuesday I wanted to focus on the next step and another big hurdle – paddling out back. Now I’d corrected my pop-up, it was time to venture back into the lineup and have a go at taking off on unbroken waves. George had mentioned it a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait.

Except when it came down to it, I was scared shitless. Which was weird, considering I’ve paddled out back numerous times before.

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Polzeath Ladies Surf Club

By May 25, 2017 Surf more
Polzeath Ladies Surf Club

Ever since I moved to Cornwall, I’ve wanted to join a weekly surf club. Primarily to progress my surfing, but also to meet some more likeminded ladies. I hadn’t found anything suitable and I’d pretty much given up on the idea…

Thankfully, Polzeath Ladies Surf Club came along at just the right time.

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How to get your surf stoke back

By March 26, 2017 Surf more, Thoughts
How to get your surf stoke back

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later because everyone loses their surf stoke at some point…right? Or is it just me?

That’s right folks. I’ve well and truly lost my surf mojo. It’s taken a hike and it’s somewhere in the wilderness.

After a great start to the year, getting back into a fitness programme and going on about my winter surf goals, my stoke just woke up one day and said ‘nah..can’t be bothered with this anymore.’

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Why I’m keeping a surf diary

By February 28, 2017 Surf more, Thoughts
Surf diary

When I was landlocked, I blogged about every surf I’d ever had out of sheer excitement…which was great at the time as it allowed me to feel more connected to surfing. It also fulfilled the original purpose of the blog – to track my surf progress (kinda like an online surf diary).

Now I surf a lot more and live closer to the coast, I don’t feel the need to shout every single time I hit the waves. It’s also probably a bit dull for you guys too, and not very exciting to hear about me wiping out in minuscule detail!

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Winter surf goals

By October 14, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts
Watergate Bay in October

I feel like I’m on the cusp of change which is pretty appropriate given the time of year and the change of seasons. It’s a good opportunity to set some new goals and intentions, and do things a bit differently to how I usually approach winter (which is hibernate!)

It’s the end of a busy season here and my summer job will soon come to an end. Luckily I’m fixed up with some winter work which will free up my daytimes to focus on my freelance work and surf!

So far Autumn’s produced some fantastic surf and it’s an incredible time of year to be in Cornwall. The line-up’s so much quieter, the weather’s still relatively warm and with a pretty focused surf goal in my mind, I’m fired up to get in as much as possible.

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Braving the line-up

By September 11, 2016 Surf more

Great Western Beach Newquay

The day after my first ever solo surf, I met up with Charlotte from Float Stories and her other half. We ummed and ahhed over surfing Fistral but it was a bit big so I suggested heading into Newquay bay for some smaller waves. Both Charlotte and I are self-confessed scaredy cats – comfortable out the back in about 2ft maximum but anything above that, forget it.

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Flying solo

By September 8, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

September swell at Watergate Bay

For ages I’ve had this ‘thing’ about surfing alone. Not an ‘I love it’ thing, but a total mental block.

I’ll check the forecast, see good waves and think “right, I’ll go for a surf”…and that’s as far as it goes. It’s like I’m stuck to the chair or there’s an invisible shield that prevents from leaving the house.

Typical fear reaction!

I’ve spoken to people about it and tried to work out why I feel so scared. I thought it was primarily fear of getting stuck in a rip and not trusting myself to get out of difficulty, but on lifeguarded beaches that should be far from my mind.

Then during a conversation this week, it really hit me (or maybe I just didn’t want to admit it until that point) – I’m totally self-conscious.

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Corinne’s Surf Tour: Newquay

By August 14, 2016 Surf more

Corinnes Surf Tour Newquay

One of the things I love about Corinne’s Surf Tour days is that each one is a unique experience. New surf spot, fab new ladies to meet, new surf stories to share, different conditions and a chance to focus on a different aspect of my surfing.

Yet last week’s surf and yoga day had some familiarities for me – I surfed one of my home town breaks and met up with some familiar faces!

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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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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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