Most of us are hesitant to do something if we don’t know someone who’s done/seen/experienced it already. That’s why we’ve decided to take part in something new so that you can read our stories and then give it a go yourself.
This month we were presented with the opportunity to participate in a morning surf lesson with a Newquay surf school. Our small group of three ranged from complete novice to confident surfer, but we all made the successful transition from stomach to feet at least once during the session.
If you’re thinking about booking a session we recommend the following:
- If you’re a beginner, don’t try to run before you can walk. When you’re surrounded by people that can surf better than you it’s only natural to rush ahead, but put more effort into your technique before you try to stand and you’ll reap the rewards.
- Be aware of beach safety. There are a lot of people surfing the same patch of sea, especially at peak times of the year and in locations such as Newquay where the surf is extremely popular. Keep near your instructor and in-between the black and white flags.
- If you’re unsure of anything, just ask. Our instructor was extremely helpful and encouraging.
- If you haven’t got your own, be prepared to wear a damp, slightly uncomfortable wetsuit. However, if it’s more painful than just uncomfortable, ask to swap it for another size. You’ll probably have to carry your board, so we recommend not doing up your wetsuit completely until you get down to the beach.
- Most importantly, have fun!
Note: Unfortunately no pictures survived this experience, after doubts about what we looked like in wetsuits the camera conveniently suffered water damage!
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