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…
Spring is finally here! It seemed like a long winter especially with all the storms. What did you get up to?
I’ve been surfing and training hard at my local gym. I’ve also worked on some exciting changes to the surf tour and planned the dates and some new locations for this year.
One of the biggest changes is sponsorship. I wanted to branch out, take a change of direction and grab new opportunities so I’ve been collaborating on some great new projects and working with companies including Ann’s Cottage, Sanuk and Jack Wills.
What do you love about surfing in the Spring?
I love the change of the seasons – the smell of Spring in the air and the offshore winds. The water is fresh but warming up enough to start pulling the hood off and not experience any ice cream headaches from duck diving! It’s also nice and quiet without the crowds.
You’ve recently announced your Surf Tour dates for 2016 which is now in its 6th year. What new things can we expect to see this year?
It’s a full day this year instead of a half day. There’ll be more lessons (depending on the tides) which means more time in the water – either an extended lesson or 2 lessons per day. I’ve also added 4 new locations – Gwithian and St Ives (Cornwall), Saunton (North Devon) and Anglesey in North Wales and I’m working with some great new surf schools including:
- Gwithian Academy of Surfing
- St Ives Surf School
- Walking on Waves Surf School
- Geko Surf and SUP School
There’s also a yoga session and everyone who comes along will get a goodie bag packed with some great things!
The yoga classes sound like a great part of the day. How does yoga play a part with surfing and how do you incorporate yoga into your own fitness regime?
Yoga and surfing go hand in hand. If you look at any professional surfer they all practise yoga either to prepare themselves mentally, to enhance their surfing or to help recover from and prevent injury. It’s great for the body and will help you to increase strength, flexibility and control which are all essential for surfing.
I practise yoga 2-3 times a week and particularly if I feel a bit stiff after a surf – yoga really helps to loosen the muscles!
I’m so excited about coming to the first date on 9th April, especially at Gwithian – a beach I’ve never surfed at. How will surfing at Gwithian benefit me as a beginner?
It will help you to break out of your comfort zone to surf at a different beach. It can feel intimidating to surf at new places, particularly knowing that they have really good waves so it will help to build your confidence by surfing at beaches which you may usually hold back from.
Gwithian is a huge beach too so there’s loads of space to spread out. It’s a long peeling wave which is beginner friendly yet also suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers who want to push themselves to the next level.
What kind of women/girls come along to your surf tour and why is it important for them to learn/improve in a female only environment?
All kinds of women come along from various ages and backgrounds. I get girls from the age of 6 who dream of being a surfer girl to women in their 60’s who want to tick something off their bucket list or get fit. Also young professionals come along who want to break away from city life and experience the surf lifestyle, as well as lots of girls who are landlocked and live miles away from the beach.
I want girls and women to feel relaxed and learn in a friendly environment. When I learned to surf I was always drawn towards female surf coaches as I felt I could relate to them more. Women understand what it can be like to lack confidence and feel apprehensive about wearing a wetsuit but it’s all about having fun and I want everyone who comes along to enjoy it!
What do you enjoy the most about coaching other women and girls to surf and why?
I get as stoked seeing someone catch a wave and stand up for the first time as they do! I love seeing the women and girls’ confidence grow throughout the day, especially those who’ve felt particularly nervous to begin with.
It’s just fantastic to see everyone smiling, laughing and happy and the amount of stoke amongst the group!
Learn to surf or improve your skills with Corinne in Devon, Cornwall or Wales on dates throughout Spring and Summer. Book now by visiting the surf tour website