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How you can afford to move to Cornwall

By March 6, 2017 Escape, Thoughts
How you can afford to move to Cornwall

2 years ago, if you’d said to me ‘you’ll live in Cornwall, work part-time and still have enough money to pay the bills and have occasional treats’ I wouldn’t have believed you. Because I honestly thought we couldn’t afford it.

It wasn’t until my other half, who is a sucker for a good spreadsheet, worked out exactly what we could afford to live on and how much we needed to earn.  And it was surprisingly a hell of a lot less than we realised.

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December

By December 30, 2016 Thoughts
Polzeath surf

I’m not sure how I let December pass by without a single blog post. I guess sometimes I just don’t feel it, and I’m not a blogger who churns out 2 or 3 posts a week to keep the numbers up or get more followers. I write and post stuff because I want to, not because I should.

Whilst I temporarily ducked out of blog land, here’s what I’ve been up to;

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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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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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23 things to tick off my Cornwall bucket list

By July 10, 2016 Escape, Love

Holywell Bay

Despite holidaying in Cornwall for many years, I’ve barely scratched the surface of places to visit, paths to wander, beaches to explore and hidden gems to find.

When we moved to Cornwall 8 months ago, I wanted to explore my new home straight away. Despite it being Winter, I ticked a few things off my list – visiting St Agnes and Port Isaac, walking the coast path around Bedruthan Steps, surfing Polzeath and eating at Lusty Glaze beach restaurant.

But since moving house, working, building up my freelance business, surfing and getting back into my fitness, I haven’t found the time for many day trips.

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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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A surf of firsts

By March 27, 2016 Love, Thoughts

Kernowsurfgirl at Polzeath

Sometimes a surf session doesn’t have to be your best for it to still be amazing.

I’ve been waiting for the evenings to get light enough for me to surf after work and with a run of smaller waves, offshore winds and sunny days last week, I spied my chance to head to Polzeath straight after work.

Polzeath sunset

It was the first time I’d surfed after work.

It was also the first time I surfed alone.  I’ve always surfed with other people but my other half was too ill to join in yet despite being the only one in the white water, I didn’t feel remotely nervous or wierd.

It was an amazing evening and really special. I sat out there in the ocean and watched the sun go down feeling so grateful to call this beautiful place home…

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All in the mind

By February 28, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

Watergate2

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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Goodbye landlocked surfgirl

By December 30, 2015 Thoughts

Sunset 620 x 400

I feel really sad writing that title and bidding farewell to my identity of the past 3 years.

It’s been an amazing adventure and one that has led me to my dream of moving to Cornwall.

This past year alone I have met two professional surfers who inspired me to work towards my dreams. I have picked up freelance work, had a surf article published in a magazine, made new friends, became a mermaid for a day, held my breath underwater for almost 2 minutes, tried wakeboarding and had an amazing time.

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