I have had some fantastic surf sessions over the past few months, despite an injured shoulder and prolonged flat spells. I have enjoyed beautiful sunshine, long hot days, surfing with friends and post-surf ice creams!
But now the nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling, and despite the warm weather over the past few days, there’s a definite hint of Autumn in the air. I love these 3 months leading up to Christmas. Despite the dark nights and mornings, frosts and generally crap weather, I look forward to my birthday, Halloween, Bonfire Night, my wedding anniversary, and Christmas. But since I started surfing, I love Autumn even more.
Yes, the sea is a lot cooler, but the beaches are a lot quieter and the conditions are better. We can wave a temporary goodbye to flat days, and say hello to some of the best surfing that the UK has to offer. And with a good winter wetsuit, thermal rash vest, boots, gloves and a hood (for when it’s really cold), there’s no reason not to stay in for as long as we do in the summer months.
There’s also nothing more satisfying after an Autumn/Winter surf than a hot bath, hot chocolate and a thaw out in front of a fire.
But some remnants of summer remain and next weekend, I’m off to Cornwall to celebrate my landlocked surf friend’s wedding. There will be a beach ceremony, surfing, ice cream, heaps of laughs and loads of fun. It’s the perfect end to the summer and I can’t wait!!