July 2, 2012

Surfin' GB!

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

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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!

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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!

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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! :)

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28 comments:

fashionforgiants said...

Oh my gosh! How fun!!

Annie said...

Such awesome photos - sounds like a blast!

Annie
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:)
-Madeleine

ni77cola said...

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

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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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