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By October 29, 2017 Surf more, Thoughts
Surfing at Fistral

Remember that surf goal I set myself at the beginning of the year? The one about consistently being able to drop into and ride shoulder high waves?

A few months ago after surf club I sat in Tubestation with the girls having a post-surf mortem and eating my woes away with cake. From what I remember I’d had a shit surf. The coaches had gone on about surf goals and I felt like mine was a massive mountain to climb. I didn’t know how to break it down into smaller achievable steps, my head wasn’t in a good place at the time and I was beating myself up massively.

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Winter surf goals

By October 14, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

I feel like I’m on the cusp of change which is pretty appropriate given the time of year and the change of seasons. It’s a good opportunity to set some new goals and intentions, and do things a bit differently to how I usually approach winter (which is hibernate!)

It’s the end of a busy season here and my summer job will soon come to an end. Luckily I’m fixed up with some winter work which will free up my daytimes to focus on my freelance work and surf!

So far Autumn’s produced some fantastic surf and it’s an incredible time of year to be in Cornwall. The line-up’s so much quieter, the weather’s still relatively warm and with a pretty focused surf goal in my mind, I’m fired up to get in as much as possible.

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My first summer living in Cornwall

By September 7, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Towan Beach Newquay

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.

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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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Along for the Ride

By July 5, 2016 Love

Meeting author Lisa Glass at the Ride book launch

When I first read ‘Blue‘, a young adult fiction novel set around the surf scene in Newquay, I was landlocked and desperate to read anything I could get my hands on relating to surfing – to connect with it from a distance in anyway possible. I’ve always loved reading and getting totally lost in a good book – I devoured Blue in one sitting.

I remember scouring Amazon a few months before thinking ‘why are there no surf fiction books around that centre on a female protagonist?’ Author of Blue Lisa Glass plugged that gap nicely and had me hooked from the first page. Little did I know that just 2 years later, the town where character Iris and author Lisa lives would also become my home.

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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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Everyday is day one

By June 13, 2016 Escape, Thoughts

Big wave

Starting my own business feels like taking on waves like this!

Since publishing my last post about dealing with stress and anxiety, letting go of my job and moving onto the next chapter of life in Cornwall, I’ve had an overwhelming response.

I’ve had so many messages from well wishers telling me how brave and honest the post was, from people who have been in similar situations, and from others supporting me and telling me I’ve made the right decision. It’s been my most popular blog post to date and I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read it, comment and contact me. I’m hugely grateful.

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Progress update: the benefits of surfing every weekend

By January 27, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

At the beginning of January, I made a pledge to surf every weekend during the winter months to progress a bit quicker and nail the elusive pop-up which has evaded me for several reasons since I started surfing.

Despite the cold, wind and my usual desire to hibernate at this time of year, so far I’m smashing that pledge!

Motivated by the fact that I now live 25 minutes from the coast, I’ve got no excuse not to get out there. On a couple of weekends I’ve surfed both days feeling energised and raring to go following my hot yoga class on a Saturday morning. It’s really set me up for the weekend ahead.

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Journey of a yoga newbie

By January 9, 2016 Love

yoga girl

Ok I admit it. The image I once had of yoga was a bunch of pure, clean living hippies chanting ‘om’ and pretending to be trees. The first class I ever tried did nothing to dispel this myth as the teacher asked the class to actually pretend we were trees. I’m not kidding!

But that was one class and one strange form of yoga that wasn’t for me – there are hundreds of types of yoga, teachers and classes out there to convert even the hardiest of yoga cynics.

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