I’m usually pretty focussed when it comes to making new year’s resolutions but looking back over this year’s list, it seemed a bit woolly and lacked direction as to how I’m going to achieve them.
The biggest goals relate to improving my surfing, so with that in mind, here are 6 resolutions that will help me progress:
Now that I live in Cornwall I‘ve got no excuse, but for the past 6 weeks I have surfed a grand total of 3 times, primarily because of howling winds, huge waves and missed opportunities of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I also work 9-5 during the week so am restricted to weekends only during the dark winter months but as the nights get lighter and the days get longer, I can sneak in a few dawnies and evening surfs. For now though, I will aim to surf every weekend.
Get surf fit
My motivation for gym based workouts has really waned and with the prospect of a more outdoors-based lifestyle, I’m exploring new ways to get surf fit. My flexibility needs improvement so I’m starting a 6-week yoga course supplemented with hot yoga classes next week.
I’m also hitting the pool to improve my swim fitness which I can do when the waves are flat or off the scale huge!
Go back to basics
One thing that really hinders my progress is my lack of confidence in the sea. I have never been a strong swimmer and never quite overcome the fear of not being able to breathe in the water, or felt confident enough to get out of a rip.
I had a couple of technique lessons at my local pool last year but never really gelled with the teacher so didn’t keep it up. I have booked some one-to-one sessions at my local leisure centre which will hopefully set the foundation for improved confidence in the sea.
I would love to try the open water swim session at Polkerris over the summer. If I can do that, I’d be stoked!
Nail the pop-up
This is the biggie for me and something I’ve really struggled with. I have managed the pop-up a few times but have slipped back into old habits. To catch green waves, I need to ditch going to knees once and for all!
I work from home so I’ve got no excuse not to practise on dry land every morning without fail! This coupled with a few yoga poses to increase flexibility should help improve muscle memory and finally ditch the bad habits!
Mix it up
There are heaps of things to do when the waves are flat and it’s a great opportunity to try something new. I’m keen to try kayaking, have a go on the Flowrider and go mountain biking on the many cycle trails that are minutes away from the house.
It beats getting grumpy when I can’t surf, broadens my horizons and is good for the soul!
I’ve eaten so much shit over Christmas and my body’s not thanking me. I lack energy and feel sluggish which is no good for a 2 hour surf session. I’m also really bad for not eating properly before I hit the waves.
I’ve started drinking more water, have changed my diet to cut back on sugar and include more vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
I will be fuelling up properly before a surf by eating complex carbs that sustain energy over a few hours.
Meet more surfers
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind with the run up to Christmas. It’s a busy time of year and coupled with the winter and everyone hibernating, it’s not the easiest time of year to make friends.
But I have already met a fellow surf sister who lives locally and we had a really fun surf together. Plus, during the spring, Women’s Surf Club-Newquay will start their sessions again which I’m keen to get involved with. It will be a great way to meet more likeminded people and improve my surfing at the same time!
I will keep you posted with how I’m getting on and it will be interesting to look back in a few months to see how many (if any) I have ticked off the list!