Surf School Easter Review
The Easter Review
The full team has been back together at the surf school for the first time since last October, and we’re ready and raring to go, Mawgan Porth is getting busier and the water is getting a little bit warmer. Pete has been in the water every day since little Marlon Abell was born; Tom is gearing up for a busy coasteering season, having just got back from getting barrelled in the Philippines; Alice has warmed up a lot from a season in the North of Japan, snowboarding and surfing in head-high, fluffy snow; Shep has been hard-core and braved the Cornish waves all winter through, tool-belt and all; Luke and Jake have been living the life of Riley and scoring waves in Portugal.
It snowed here a few times in the last month. The little golf course on the hill out of Mawgan Porth saw skiers and snowboarders (including a few Kingsurf instructors, past and present) take to the slopes. A few of us even went surfing, after a snow blizzard subsided. Oh, and the waves have been pumping too – cold water often means empty line-ups and hours of waves to ourselves! We are loving how long it stays light in the evenings, as we can all now surf until half past 8. It’s so good to be back 🙂
This Easter everyone has exceeded expectations at the surf school. We have seen so many old faces, and some new too. We have battled some windy weather, surfed perfect 2-foot peelers, seen some brave take-offs and, most of all, some excited faces, with a few rosy cheeks along the way, when the sun has popped out.
It has been awesome to see people coming back year after year improving so rapidly. Those newbies to surfing have impressed us and even themselves – with just a bit of determination and persistence (and being prepared to fall off a few times), most people are surprised at how quickly they can get the hang of catching a wave and standing up. One of the reasons we love teaching surfing is because it is one of the few sports where someone can be as stoked from their first wave standing up, as Kelly Slater can be, on a 10-point ride (having won 11 world titles)!
So what’s in the pipeline for the next few months at the surf school? Amidst cozy evenings in the Merrymoor and a bit of dancing at Retorrick, we are building up to our last Winter Camp 2018 (for now). The end of April will see a group of dedicated surfers getting involved in video analysis sessions, road-tripping around our stunning Cornish coastline, the workings of board design, and how to read a swell map.
The surf school is waiting on the arrival of a fleet of new boards, of all shapes and sizes, from wide-boys and 9-footers (for all the dads out there who claim we don’t have a board big enough for them), to 6-foot soft-top boards (for those little grommets who already rip and want to try something a bit faster and more responsive). We are also getting a ton more Kingsurf hoodies and tees in, stocked up for the summer months, with some snazzy new styles on their way. Our beloved shed is getting a few little updates, with more storage for our lovely, snuggly winter wetsuits and the fresh batch of lesson boards.
Soon we’ll be out of gloves and boots, and the spring suits will find their way out of the back of the cupboard, the days will get even longer, and we’ll all have noodle arms from surfing all day long. Lessons are still running every day at 10am and 2pm, so if you have always wanted to try surfing, but have never had the confidence or determination, come and try one of our new boards and have a lesson with our epic team. You can give us a shout by either email or on the dog and bone – we’d love to surf with you.
See you in the water soon! Yeeeewwww!!