Recently I was asked to write an article about the logistics of being a landlocked surfer and how I keep the stoke in between surf trips.
The truth is, since writing that article, I have been struggling.
My niggling shoulder injury has been really getting to me and despite doing the exercises my physio has prescribed, it doesn’t seem to be improving. I’m due to go surfing with my cousin in a couple of weeks but it looks like I will be sitting on the sidelines having been advised by the physio not to surf for the time being. I must admit, its been hard knowing that some of my surfing friends have been surfing recently while I remain landlocked.
On my train journey home last week, I had a message from a surfing friend…someone who started following my blog and who I met up with recently. Like me, she lives in the West Midlands and is absolutely crazy about surfing. She surfs at Mawgan Porth and hooks up with the guys at KingSurf – the surf school where I have my lessons. We hit it off straight away and spent a few hours trading stories and tips.
I was stoked to hear that after my recommendation, she had been to see Nigel Semmens and put in an order for her first surfboard and got some great advice from him – I was so excited for her! I was especially stoked to hear that I have inspired her to think about what she wants to get out of her surfing sessions and what is currently holding her back. Immediately, this gave me a real kick up the backside to stop feeling sorry myself – knowing that through my blog I have passed on some useful advice and inspired someone is just amazing!
So I will be looking on this prolonged flat spell (as The Surfing Sumo advised me to think of it) more favourably. I have got some exciting surf related things on the horizon (more details soon!) and in a couple of weeks I will be able to help my cousin out who only gets to surf a couple of times a year.
I’m far from an expert when it comes to surf knowledge and ability but if I can inspire a few people to try surfing, pass on my experiences and the stoke, then that’s good enough for me