Woah….where did that go?!
I can’t believe it’s September. The Autumn swells are rolling in and summer came and went in a crazy busy blink of an eye.
As first summers in Cornwall go, it’s been amazing.
In between work, I’ve made the most of the long hot days by surfing, building up a pretty impressive wetsuit tan and exploring my relatively new home.
Stand out moments include:
Some pretty amazing surf sessions
Over the Winter I longed for 1-2ft offshore days and thankfully Summer delivered. I spent most of the Summer surfing at Watergate Bay (10 minutes from home) and had some of the best surfs ever. I ventured back to Crantock, a spot I hadn’t surfed at for over a year, checked out new spots thanks to two great days on Corinne’s Surf Tour, and revisited Mawgan Porth where my surfing journey began 6 years ago.
I’ve surfed at sunset, in the summer rain and against the backdrop of a rainbow. I’ve surfed perfect glassy waves, sat out back in an all female line up and swam in the sea in just my bikini. I’ve paddled out on flat days, dropped in on green waves, sped up my pop-up and generally spent more time in the water.
Summer beach BBQs
As well as having bonfires on the beach this had been on my bucket list for a long time. Doesn’t sound like a big deal to some but for me it’s an ideal way to spend a summer evening. For the first beach BBQ we headed to Crantock which is one of my favourite beaches (and surf spots). Sitting against the backdrop of the sand dunes with the sun setting and the burgers sizzling in the background, it truly was a perfect evening!
Good times with friends
Winter’s a difficult time to meet up socially. Everyone’s hibernating, Cornwall almost shuts down and so initially I found it hard to make friends. But thanks to the long summer days, the surf tour, social media, work and blogging, I’ve made some new, amazing friends and hung out with existing friends. We’ve surfed together, supported each other through highs and lows, laughed, wiped out, had some amazing times and I wouldn’t be without them. They’ve made this summer incredible.
They know who they are and I’m so lucky to have their friendship.
Ticking things off the Cornwall bucket list
I didn’t get very far with this and there’s a lot of things that would have been ideal to do over the summer, but at least there’s next year! Boscastle, Blu Bar at Porthtowan and the Japanese Gardens all got a big tick off the bucket list and there was a near miss (or more like a fail) with surfing at Holywell – I turned up and there were no waves!
I’m hoping, (third time lucky), that this week’s open air cinema showing of Point Break at Crinnis beach won’t get postponed again. Plus, there’s the big 4-0 in a couple of weeks which will be a perfect opportunity to tick off another couple of things (fingers crossed – I’ve dropped some pretty big hints!).
I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like the ones in Cornwall. Thanks to lots of sunny days this year, sunsets have been a regular occurrence. I’ve watched them with Ste, with friends, on dry land and in the line up (and taken dozens of photos – it never gets tired!). There’s something truly amazing about seeing the sun fade from view where the sky meets the sea.
Yet as the sun literally sets on such an amazing summer, I’m stoked for Autumn. I’m embracing quieter beaches, pumping swell, cosy knits, hot chocolates and bonfires on beaches. A time to really make strides with my surfing and maximise on those uncrowded line-ups!