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Revelation

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.

Then I had a revelation. It wasn’t so much about me reaching that goal. Because what had actually sparked the inspiration for it was a picture.

It was on Instagram. A girl riding a shoulder high wave on a longboard. So effortlessly and gracefully. It was the fact that she was on a longboard (which I just always assumed were only for 1-2ft days). It was also the size of the wave that captured my imagination. A wave size that scared me yet excited me at the same time.

That morning in Tubestation, I realised that it wasn’t really about the goal at all. I just wanted a picture of me riding a similar size wave.

Why? I guess for validation. For evidence. To prove to myself that I can do this and to get to where I want to with my surfing. And to look back on days when I’m struggling for motivation, or beating myself up and thinking I’m a shit surfer that I’m actually not a lost cause.

A few weeks ago, I got the picture I so badly wanted.

This picture speaks volume to me. It doesn’t convey to you guys what was going on in my head at the time and the emotions that were pouring through my veins. But everytime I look at it, I’m instantly transported back to that dreamy left at Fistral on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. A time where, in another life, I’d have been grinding away in an office instead of living my dreams…

 

 

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My week with Surf Sistas

By October 10, 2017 Surf more, Thoughts
Wave hunting

At the start of the year, I explored ways in which I could work more actively towards my surf goals. I’d only ever had one off surf lessons and loved the idea of doing something more intensive. I didn’t have the money for an overseas surf trip, and as I mainly surf in Cornwall anyway, a week on Surf Sistas ‘white to green’ course sounded ideal.

I’m willing to bet that when anyone envisages a week’s surf trip, it’s filled with clean, perfect sized waves, sunny blue skies and warm days. That’s exactly how I imagined my week with Surf Sistas.

Yet despite the fact that Hurricane Irma had other plans (think blown out, massive waves and unsurfable beaches), we actually scored on all of the above (with maybe the exception of warmth!). But what I didn’t envisage was how much more I got out of that week – rainbows, secret (and new) surf spots, boat trips, wavehunting, friendship and some really good times!

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The surfer’s journey

By September 29, 2017 Thoughts
The surfer's journey

Hello. It’s been a while…

Sadly the absence from blogging wasn’t due to me being super busy and scoring loads of waves. I lost my head for a while, jacked in the freelancing and did a lot of hiding away at home. My self esteem hit the floor and I felt pretty rubbish.

But I’m ok now. And although I didn’t feel like surfing at times, there were some occasions over the summer where I surfed the best waves of my life. My confidence has increased a lot, to the point where as long as I can physically get out back, I’ll have a go on some pretty hefty waves. I’ve made the effort to get out there, so why not push myself?

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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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