If you’ve read my first two blog posts from our anniversary weekend in Cornwall (here and here if not!), then you’ll already know that we had an exceptionally lovely time. What I haven’t blogged about yet though is the beginner’s surf lesson we had with Nick Tiscoe, and as this was my husband’s favourite part of the whole trip I thought it deserved its own post.
Nick’s Surf Club is affiliated with the two hotels we stayed in (very handy if you want to charge your lesson to your room or want reception to organise it all) and the surf shack is perched just in front of Bedruthan, meaning it couldn’t really be easier to get started. Of course you don’t have to be staying at The Scarlet or Bedruthan to have lessons, but if you’re the type of person who wakes up 5 minutes before you’re supposed to be somewhere (ahem) then it’s a great spot.
All the equipment is provided for you so once the wetsuits were fitted and numerous Point Break quotes had been shoehorned in, we headed down to the beach to begin the lesson…
You need to warm up and have the faintest idea what you’re doing before heading into the water of course, so the lesson started on the sand with some stretches, a little jog and Nick explaining everything you’d need to know to ride a wave whilst lying on the board. Standing on the board would come later as if this bit wasn’t mastered, the next part was never going to make much sense.
As this was a one-on-one lesson, Nick was really able to focus on ST and tailor the lesson to him perfectly. Nick asked what other sports he’d done and was able to use snowboarding references to make it as easy as possible for ST to grasp what he had to do. Having sussed it on the sand, it wasn’t long before they were heading into the sea and putting it all into practice.
At this point I adopted the role of Chief Photographer and Jealous Bystander, as I’d been cruelly advised by the hospital to not take part thanks to my gammy lungs. I can tell you this though, it looked SO MUCH FUN.
After plenty of successful wave riding, the boys came in and it was time to move onto part two: STANDING ON THE BOARD.
Now I’m not going to lie, I find it hard enough to get up from the floor if I’ve been sat down for a while so I’m not sure I’d have ever mastered this part, but it was really fun to watch ST relax into it and – with the brilliant direction from Nick – really get to grips with what the transition from laying down to standing up entailed.
Back to the sea they went and the quest to stand on the board commenced!
The waves are powerful in Mawgan Porth and the whole “just stand up on a surf board!” thing is a lot harder than it looks, but ST never seemed frustrated by the repeated face plants into the water. He knew he’d get it eventually and the constant encouragement and feedback from Nick meant that by the end of the lesson, he’d cracked it.
Even as a bystander it was a really fun morning, so I wasn’t surprised that ST said it was the best part of the trip. I suppose the biggest compliment was that as soon as we were back in the hotel, he was trying to book another lesson! There wasn’t time in the end to squeeze another session in, but he’ll definitely be calling Nick when we return to Cornwall.
Lessons run all year round and a two hour one-on-one lesson costs £75, including equipment. Group lessons are available too and you can find all booking info here.
Vlog to come tomorrow morning!