Surfing St Ives

I’d had my first taste of surfing in St Ives a year ago and, despite a two hour lesson, I didn’t manage to stand up once. I returned this year determined to catch a wave and and conquer the world of beginners surfing.

I couldn’t have picked a nicer day with barely a cloud in the sky and a calm sea. Admittedly not great for pro-surfers but perfect for me.

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I was going to be learning with the St Ives Surf School and as the photo below shows they have a lot of learners turn up at this time of year. Luckily Porthmeor Beach is big enough to accommodate this many and more.

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Suited and booted I was starting to look a like a surfer!

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Ben, our instructor, had an unusual way or warming us up with a water fight in the sea and a roll in the sand after. Judging by my aches the next day I’m not it was the most effective, but it was a lot of fun!

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After some safety tips and guidance on technique we hit the water. We were told to just practice body-boarding to begin with and not to try standing. I was surprisingly good at lying down. However as soon as I entered the water the rescue helicopter swooped across the beach and the lifeguard pulled up with his jet ski. I’m not sure if this made me feel safer or not…

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After returning to land and being taught the ‘pop-up technique’ our group headed back out to see if we could master it the sea and not just on sand. After several failures, nose dives and wipe outs I managed to get up!

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Sure, it wasn’t the biggest wave but I was pretty proud none the less. The lesson was brilliant fun, well worth the £30 for two hours. The instructors are really encouraging and give lots of help regardless of ability.

The rest of the day was spent recuperating in St Ives. A beauty of a town in summer or winter.

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So that’s all my blogs on my travels in Cornwall for this summer. Where have I missed? I’m looking forward to going back next year already.

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