July 2, 2012

Surfin' GB!


This is Croyde beach, where we went to enjoy the 13 degrees Celsius seawater, and catch some waves on a bodyboard.


As you can imagine, the water is simply freezing, and though the waves are exhilerating, you can't stay in for more than a few minutes. So this time around we got some wetsuits second hand from a surf school, and while we were there, we signed up for our first ever lesson too... Cue major excitement from me!


Croyde bay on the day of our lesson - a lovely British summer's day and nice big waves!

The lesson was brilliant and I enjoyed every minute. Learning the basic moves, struggling with the board, feeling the first rush of speed... And then I even managed to stand up and actually surf! Once! :D Amazing performace from such a sporting anti-talent as me!


If you're visiting the Atlantic, I highly recommend both a wetsuit and a surf lesson, you will remember your trip to the sea for a lifetime!

Some practical tips from a total beginner, if you actually do so:

1. Trim your nails as short as possible when trying on wetsuits and planning on wearing them, as getting into the wetsuit is a workout in itself and requires all your fingertips!
2. Listen to the expert - whether you buy your wetsuit second hand or new, get it from a trusted place and ask for advice. There are different wetsuits for different seasons and the sizing is still a mystery to me.
3. If you go for a lesson, listen to the tutor - always share if you have any medical problems and make sure you're a strong enough swimmer.
4. If you feel unsure, go for a small group lesson or a one-on-one where the tutor has more time for making you comfortable.
5. Don't let the difficulty hold you back! If I did it, anyone can! :)
6. Wearing a wetsuit keeps you warm and it did wonders for my self confidence, as I could move, fall into the water and be clumsy whichever way I wanted without the possibility of revealing any indecent pieces of skin.
7. Enjoy the waves and the speed! :)



fashionforgiants said...

Oh my gosh! How fun!!

Annie said...

Such awesome photos - sounds like a blast!

The Other Side of Gray

Thelittleowl said...

This is SO cool! I'd love to try surfingh too one day! :) But isn't it really exhausting? Kudos to you!

Shyscout said...

You go girl! I have always wanted to try surfing but my fear of sharks gets me every time (so silly, i know). That is awesome that you made it up at your first lesson :]

Marisa Violeta said...

You're such a lucky girl! I'm kind of afraid of getting into the sea (how lame) but if I had the courage I would LOVE to surf! It sounds so exciting! :D

Madeline Quaint said...

Lots of it! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Brilliant, highly recommend it!

Madeline Quaint said...

It's tireing, yes, but sooo worth it! If you used to go sledging as a child and know how it feels walking up the hill again to sledge down once more - you can't wait for the feeling! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

The sea is so cold in Devon there are no sharks for sure! :) Find some nice cold sea and go for it!

Madeline Quaint said...

It's so worth it, Marisa! It's great to build up confidence towards water/sea, it adds so much to your life. :)

Lora said...

Beautiful photos! I've never been surfing, but but it looks like you had a blast!

Feathers & Freckles said...

How fun! I would love to try this someday :)

Julie Lan said...

wow it looks beautiful there, I would love to learn how to surf one day, but I don't live by an ocean!!

Dizzy Tea said...

I'm glad you've had such a fun experience! I'm okay at land sports but how the people keep their balance during surf is and always be a mystery to me. Looks really fun though :) You rocked the wetsuit!

Gaby said...

Such a fun experience!
I´m dying for go to the beach!!
Great pics... xoxo

Sarah With A Bow said...

How did I miss this post? Anyway, I'm jealous of your ocean adventures. I recently went to the beach but didn't get to go into the water at all!

Ergy Erg said...

I should so buy a wetsuit, I haven't been able to get in the sea for years, everytime I visit the seaside it's freezing! xxx

BoulevarddelaMadeleine said...

Such a fun experience. Gosh, I haven't been to a beach in years. You inspired me to visit the seaside:)

ni77cola said...

surfin is definitely not my cup of tea but those photos are just great.


Ladyofashion said...

Surfing takes some skill, I'm not good at all at it, but was quite fun to do. Love the photos! :) Enjoy your weekend dear. -xx

Material Fixations said...

Love it, can't wait to see what you do next. Check out my blog, we should follow each other!!
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Titine & Totoche said...

Madeline!!! How are you?? This looks like such a nice trip!

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