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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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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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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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All in the mind

By February 28, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

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The smaller of the two specks is me!!

This weekend has been pretty epic. Despite it being February, the coldest month in the UK to surf, I pushed myself out of the warmth of the house and into the icy Atlantic – twice. Why? Because of this head over heels in love relationship I have with surfing and my desperate desire to get better at it.

I rarely suffer from lack of motivation but my confidence needs some work. So this weekend, I was determined that things would be different, and with clean small waves forecast, it was the perfect opportunity to try and get out back which still freaks me out. Once my feet can’t touch the floor anymore that’s it, the nerves creep in. I’m frightened of rips, wearing waves on my head and drifting out so far I end up in America.

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Cold water surf days

By February 20, 2016 Surf more

Final

The thought of venturing out into the sea during winter is enough to give anyone the chills. Fortunately this year has been pretty mild so I’ve been getting in at every opportunity. I’ve reaped the benefits of plenty of swell, empty line-ups and uncrowded beaches which has meant more practise time out in the water. I’m even preferring it to the summer months!

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