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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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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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Surfer’s intuition

By February 7, 2016 Thoughts

Surfer's intuition (1)

Do you ever get that feeling when you just know that a surf’s going to go well (or not so well) before you’ve even set foot in the water? Or you see a wave on the horizon and know it’s got epic written all over it (and kick yourself when you miss it)?

I think I’ve got a good gut instinct for things and I’m rarely wrong (without sounding bigheaded). My instinct has averted me from some big mistakes in life but also led me towards some fantastic opportunities.

My gut instinct also translates to surfing. I’m quite intuitive and although I lived inland until recently, I feel pretty in tune with the ocean.

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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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10 great things about my first week in Cornwall

By November 30, 2015 Love, Thoughts

Hello from the other side…

I have been a Cornish resident for a week now and already I feel at home, like I was always meant to be here. No pangs of homesickness or yearning for my former life.

I took the week off work to focus on unpacking, settling in, getting aquainted with the village where we’re living and get all the boring admin stuff out of the way that goes along with a house move.

It was also a perfect excuse to take some time out and relax after what has been a pretty stressful time.

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The big move

By August 31, 2015 Escape

The big move

On the journey home from Cornwall a few weeks ago, I was determined to be positive and happily reflect on an amazing holiday.

By the time we reached Devon my resolve vanished. We stopped for coffee at the services and whilst standing in the queue, the floodgates opened. I couldn’t speak for the lump in my throat and the usually enticing cake display blurred behind a sea of tears.

I probably sound like an ungrateful child who cries at the end of the party because they don’t want to go home. But those who love surfing and being by the coast, especially the ones inland will understand how gut wrenching it is to leave it all behind. To return to landlockedsville when you don’t know when the next surf will be is like being a fish plucked out of water.

It was the last straw and the final push I needed. I didn’t want to leave it all behind again.

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Landlocked surfgirl gets a makeover!

By July 26, 2015 Love, Thoughts

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I have been wanting to change the look of my blog for a while now and I’m stoked to finally be sharing it with you!

Thanks to a new theme, some funky little plugins and a very patient and talented husband, the site has a new logo, some clever little features and a much easier to use navigation.

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Pure stoke

By July 12, 2015 Escape
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An awesome surf at Saunton!

Two months away from surfing may not sound like a lot, yet in that relatively short space of time so much had happened that took my focus away from it. My husband had an operation, my mindset slid into a negative space, there were jobs to do on the house, the daily grind and then, when we did have a free weekend to get to the coast typically the surf went flat.

Long lost love

My feelings toward surfing became ambivalent for a while. I tried to kid myself that I wasn’t really that bothered about it anymore but deep down, I loved it more than ever. I spent my weeks pining after it…staring doe-eyed at the surf cams and various Instagram feeds of surfers that I follow – people who live by the coast and have surfing on tap. It made me feel worse.

I had also piled pressure on myself – to nail the pop-up, be surf fit, feel some kind of acceptance by the coastal surf dwellers and generally not look like some dumb kook. The pressure built to a point where I had lost my way and forgotten that it was supposed to be fun and not some time pressured competition.

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The biggest life lesson from surfing

By June 14, 2015 Thoughts

It's not what you do


I have read a lot of articles recently about life lessons that you can learn from surfing. Each one has a different take on it and it will vary from person to person, but one thing I haven’t come across and is the biggest thing that I have found is how much you learn about yourself.

I have discovered things about myself that I didn’t know existed. It has brought elements of my personality to the surface that looking back were probably there all along, but they just needed a little encouragement along the way.

Like my love of the water – despite the fact that I was never what would you call a water baby and not even daring to dip a toe in the sea until 5 years ago.

This love has always been there and water has a very calming influence on me, whether I’m taking a walk along the canal or just floating on my back in a swimming pool. I just love being near and in the water. I can stare at the sea for hours and feel hypnotised by its beauty and raw power. I have also been known to cry at the first sight of it when arriving in Devon or Cornwall. It takes my breath away, makes me feel exhilarated and I come to life when I’m surfing and am totally immersed in the ocean.

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No words

By November 22, 2014 Thoughts

I sat on a train the other day, tears streaming down my face as I watched this, my heart aching for the sea.

It happens everytime I watch it. Two minutes of raw emotion that capture the highs, lows, beauty and energy of surfing, overlaid by a haunting cover of Bowie’s ‘Absolute Beginners.’

They say only a surfer knows the feeling….


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