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How to get your surf stoke back

By March 26, 2017 Surf more, Thoughts
How to get your surf stoke back

I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later because everyone loses their surf stoke at some point…right? Or is it just me?

That’s right folks. I’ve well and truly lost my surf mojo. It’s taken a hike and it’s somewhere in the wilderness.

After a great start to the year, getting back into a fitness programme and going on about my winter surf goals, my stoke just woke up one day and said ‘nah..can’t be bothered with this anymore.’

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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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All in the mind

By February 28, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

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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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Progress update: the benefits of surfing every weekend

By January 27, 2016 Surf more, Thoughts

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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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Landlocked surfgirls meet up

By August 2, 2015 Love, Thoughts

I may not have been able to surf at the weekend but I did the next best thing by meeting up with my landlocked surf buddies Kelly and Sophia.

Making friends with people who share my passion for surfing has been a huge part of my journey. It’s one of the best things you can do as a landlocked surfer – finding likeminded people to share the stoke, the frustrations, life and adventures.

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Kindred spirits

By June 2, 2015 Surfer stories, Thoughts
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Kindred spirits :)

I started this blog to chart my surfing progress in the hope that one day, I could look back and see how far I had come, despite living over 100 miles from the sea.

I just never envisaged how many amazing people I would meet along the way and beautiful friendships that I have forged all through a shared love of surfing and blogging. It has enriched the whole experience.

I’m a bit of a social butterfly. I just love meeting people and hearing their stories so when I started surfing, I wanted to connect with other surfers and find out about their surfing journeys. It’s a way for me to reach out to those with a shared interest and stay connected to a world that has consumed me when I’m so far away from the coast.

I firmly believe that certain people come into our lives for a reason and at times when we really need them. Sometimes, these people are true kindred spirits and we wonder how and why we haven’t met them sooner, despite feeling like we have known them forever.

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Go with the flow

By December 14, 2014 Surf more
Carrie yoga shoot by Joel Nilsson Nesson via Flickr (CC BY SA)

Carrie yoga shoot by Joel Nilsson Nesson via Flickr (CC BY SA)

The past few weeks have been really busy and at times, stressful. I have been exercising hard, Christmas shopping, had lots on at work, been sorting out my dad’s estate and catching up with people in the busy run up to the festive period.

I’m a firm believer in listening to my body, and a couple of weeks ago, when my shoulder flared up again, I knew it was time to ease off the gas. I took myself off to see my physio who thankfully told me that it wasn’t the old injury but a bit of tendonitis caused by overuse and tension. Luckily, I don’t have to take months off the gym this time, but I have dropped all my weights and been advised by both my personal trainer and physio to take up yoga. This will help ease tension and stress, increase my strength and flexibility and help to prevent injury. It will also help massively with surfing by helping me to develop a stronger core and improved balance.

So yesterday, I met up with my surf friend Kelly to try Hotpod Yoga – a vinyasa flow class that takes place in an inflatable, heated studio designed to restore calm, warm the muscles for increased flexibility and make you work harder.

As soon as I stepped inside the pod, I instantly began to feel calmer. The smell of essential oils wafted through the air and the mood lighting created an air of serenity as Siobhan welcomed the class and began guiding us through the sequences.

I had only been to two yoga classes before, neither of which prepared me for how dynamic this class was. It was really challenging, very physical but an amazing workout! It highlighted the areas which I struggle with in the gym (upper body strength) but also helped to restore some much needed calm. The massage at the end of the class was a lovely little bonus!

One very strange thing happened during the class and right at the end during meditation – I started to cry. The emotion just spilled over and I tried really hard to get a grip, particularly as i didn’t want to look like an idiot in front of the class. I have heard this can happen. Sophia at ‘The Surf Yogini’ blog explained how this happened to her during yoga teacher training, and the hotpod teacher confirmed it when she asked me if I was ok at the end. Like Kelly said to me, its an hour where you concentrate just on yourself any emotion that has been lingering is bound to come to the surface.

I really enjoyed the class and felt an air of calm around me as Kelly and I headed off for a shower and a cuppa before having a relaxing lunch at a near by pub. It gave us an opportunity to really catch up and of course, talk surf!

I really admire Kelly. She is such a positive person and doesn’t worry about stuff, unlike me. The whole day really gave me a kick to try harder to stop being so negative, stop worrying about everything and just enjoy life and make the most of it. Yoga is something that will be hugely beneficial and play a big part in having a better outlook, and although the hotpod class is a little far from my home to make it a regular thing, it will be a great occasional complement to the yoga class that I have already signed up for at my local gym :)

 

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Target weight!

By June 22, 2013 Surf more
First stand up

Desperate to capture that feeling again!

I am stoked and I am jumping for joy! Today I reached my target weight since joining the gym. I have lost 8lbs in the 8 weeks since we joined. I have never managed to reach the weight that I am now before and always hit a ceiling but now, I have smashed it! All that hard work in the gym is paying off!

I have stuck at the sensible eating, the plethora of vitamins and the 1hr 30 mins gym sessions I have been putting in three times a week and the difference is amazing. I have more energy, my skin has never looked so clear, my outlook is positive and any feelings of anxiety have all but disappeared. I now have a structured gym programme too which includes cardio, weights, a bit of boxing (fantastic for stress and tension) and ab exercises. I have got some other things to throw into the mix too like yoga, which is supposed to be fantastic for surfing!

It will be interesting to see what happens with the upper body strength the next time I go surfing. I don’t expect to see instant results and have the strength of Arnie, but hopefully my arms won’t feel like two dead weights.

For reaching target weight, my husband has treated me to the ultimate present – a private surf lesson where it all began in Mawgan Porth with the guys from KingSurf. I can’t wait til the end of July!! Hopefully this will get me back on track and get me beyond being able to just get to my knees! Time to get practising that technique!

 

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