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The other side of fear

By June 17, 2017 Surf more
The other side of fear

5 weeks of Polzeath Ladies Surf Club has flown by and Tuesday’s session marked the end of the first phase. Looking back, I can see just how much I’ve achieved in a relatively short space of time.

5 weeks ago I couldn’t pop up properly. Years of bad habits meant I’d repeatedly gone to my knees and I wrote myself off as a lost cause. But thanks to a supportive environment, fantastic coaching and some perseverance, I’ve nailed it!

So on Tuesday I wanted to focus on the next step and another big hurdle – paddling out back. Now I’d corrected my pop-up, it was time to venture back into the lineup and have a go at taking off on unbroken waves. George had mentioned it a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t wait.

Except when it came down to it, I was scared shitless. Which was weird, considering I’ve paddled out back numerous times before.

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Polzeath Ladies Surf Club

By May 25, 2017 Surf more
Polzeath Ladies Surf Club

Ever since I moved to Cornwall, I’ve wanted to join a weekly surf club. Primarily to progress my surfing, but also to meet some more likeminded ladies. I hadn’t found anything suitable and I’d pretty much given up on the idea…

Thankfully, Polzeath Ladies Surf Club came along at just the right time.

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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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Christmas gifts for cold water surf girls

By November 23, 2016 Love
Christmas gift guide for cold water surf girls

Surfing in the UK in the winter is hard. Scraping ice off your car, getting changed on a freezing car park and jumping into the icy cold sea isn’t for the faint hearted but at the same time, it’s an exhilarating experience.

I’ve surfed in some pretty cold conditions but with the right kit, warm clothes and a few little added extras, it makes the whole thing a lot more bearable!

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Winter surf goals

By October 14, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts
Watergate Bay in October

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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September, bucket lists and my 40th birthday

By September 28, 2016 Escape, Love

September in Cornwall

September’s always been my favourite month – the turn of the season, the morning bite in the air, and wrapping up in cosy jumpers. Plus the small fact that it’s my birthday month!

This September has been really amazing! It’s a lot quieter now in Cornwall but we’ve had hot sunny days and plenty of swell. I’ve also had 3 lots of visitors from the Midlands. It’s been crazy busy but a great opportunity to tick some more items off the Cornwall bucket list!

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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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Flying solo

By September 8, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

September swell at Watergate Bay

For ages I’ve had this ‘thing’ about surfing alone. Not an ‘I love it’ thing, but a total mental block.

I’ll check the forecast, see good waves and think “right, I’ll go for a surf”…and that’s as far as it goes. It’s like I’m stuck to the chair or there’s an invisible shield that prevents from leaving the house.

Typical fear reaction!

I’ve spoken to people about it and tried to work out why I feel so scared. I thought it was primarily fear of getting stuck in a rip and not trusting myself to get out of difficulty, but on lifeguarded beaches that should be far from my mind.

Then during a conversation this week, it really hit me (or maybe I just didn’t want to admit it until that point) – I’m totally self-conscious.

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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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