Twenty months or so after our last Saturday morning gathering we were finally able to get together, reconnect with our junior surfers and get Kids Club 2021 on the road. It was a chilly, misty morning, which may have been a disincentive to some, but those who got to the beach for the session had some peachy low-tide waves to work with and an enthusiastic bunch of coaches and parents to cheer them on. It was great to welcome back some familiar faces and equally to greet some new members and introduce them to the delights of surfing. The pictures below have a flavour of what went down on the morning.
Kids Club membership is fully subscribed for this summer and I list the proposed dates and times below. There will be only a single session of one hour each day so we ask that you arrive early, preferably with the correct money and ready to get in the water. Please be aware that Porthmeor car park is too small to hold all the families we have, so late arrivals will need to find an alternative space.
The dates below are subject to tides, weather, Covid-19 and G7, but we will endeavour to keep as close as possible to the published timetable.
June 5th. 9am
June 12th 9am
June 19th 9.30am
June 26th 9am
July 3rd. 9am
July 10th. 9am
July 24th 9am
August 7th. 8.30am
August 21st. 8.30am
September. 18th. 9am
Agenda for 2021 AGM on 6th May at 6pm at Clubhouse
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Minutes of the previous AGM.
3) Matters arising from the minutes of the previous AGM. 4) Chairman’s report.
5) Financial report.
6) Head coach’s report.
7) Retirement of elected officers.
8) Election of new committee posts
i) Chairman ii) Secretary iii) Treasurer
9) Election of further committee members to a total agreed by the meeting. 10) Appointment of Head Coach by new committee
11) Set a date for first meeting of the new committee.
12) Any other business.
Please note that everyone interested in Saintsboardriders is welcome to participate in the meeting but only paid-up adult members can vote. The meeting will be held in the clubhouse or maybe on the putting green or Porthmeor Beach if the numbers are too great for a Covid-safe meeting indoors. All fully paid up adult members are welcome to participate, those wishing to do so are asked to register by email at [email protected] to allow us to plan a safe event.
Well, at the conclusion of the season which simply didn’t happen due to Covid-19, we gathered on Christmas Day morning to remind ourselves that we are a club and that we will celebrate our togetherness in keeping the tradition going in these straightened times. A strong onshore Northerly welcomed our surfing contingent. Those dry-shod supporters at the waters’ edge were well-wrapped against the wind and in good spirits!
As always, my apologies for those participants whose image is not recorded in my pictures – mainly the score or so higher up the beach, but also maybe a surfer or two who evaded my lens. Here’s hoping we will all be back on Christmas Day 2021 with the plague firmly behind us!
Happy New Year to all saints boardriders and our supporters!
A pleasant Christmas Day morning greeted our 2019 cohort of celebration surfers and supporters. It was a well-attended affair, though my pictures may not do it justice as the attendance was spread between the clubhouse, the surf school and the waters’ edge, and I caught only those in or down by the water with my camera. However, with my apologies made – and hopefully accepted – here are those attendees that I saw:
The waves offered plenty of opportunities for all abilities, and there are a few examples below of what we saw on the day. saints boardriders wishes all our members and supporters a healthy and prosperous 2020. Cheers!
Friday, October half term and the wettest day since Noah launched the ark was the date of this year’s Surfers Ball. The venue Main Ballroom, Tregenna Castle. We came together to celebrate a milestone year in the history of saints boardriders and to hopefully raise some funds toward cementing the legacy of our new clubhouse. The banner picture gathers together many of the St. Ives Surf School instructors who teach our juniors on those summer Saturdays when Kids Club is in full swing. Our gratitude for the work of Harris and his team is enormous and it was great to share the evening with this well-scrubbed crew.
The entertainment began in the lobby on arrival where guests were met with a medley of jazz classics from the piano of Tom Quirke. There was also an early chance to pose for a red carpet photo or two, courtesy of Andre Otto, before processing into the ballroom where there was a casino and a novelty photo booth to tickle your fancy.
After the welcoming speech from our chairman we enjoyed a splendid meal and then had the chance to bid for those tempting auction lots which had been generously donated by supporters of our project.
Then it was access all areas as Small Wonder took to the stage to give us a set of dancefloor fillers while the casino and the photo booth offered their attractions for those seeking less energetic thrills. DJ Chewy was on hand to keep the music bouncing when Small Wonder had completed their brilliant set and so the evening came to a contented sigh sometime in the wee small hours.
We are indebted to Tregenna Castle for once again hosting a fabulous event for us. Thanks also to Small Wonder, Tom Quirke, DJ Chewy, Andre Otto, auctioneer Paul Le Bas, the photo booth crew and our magnificent casino ladies for bringing the entertainment on the night. Thanks to those donors whose gifts brought us welcome funds through the auction, and finally our thanks to all the guests who shared the evening with us.
There is a selection of pictures from the evening below, and many many more can be seen here: https://www.photolounge.co.uk/Saints-ball-re-edit/n-jLpBBf/i-xttWmFw.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
We came together for the final kids Club of the season last Saturday to celebrate another successful campaign, gauge our progress and give the Dolphins a chance to show off their competitive streak and give just one girl and one boy the chance to claim the title ‘Champion 2019″. The younger groups took to the water for a last coaching session of the summer, impressing us with their confident skills, and maybe hoping to catch the coach’s eye and claim an award too.
Meanwhile, further along the beach, the girls competition was underway, studied from the balcony of the clubhouse by our judging panel led by Minnow Green of Surfing Great Britain. The first semi final was distinguished by Senara’s bomb of a ride from a heavy take off out back right in to the beach where her big smile told us she was rightly pleased with herself!
The girls finalists grace our banner picture and they put on a great show. It was a close affair throughout and the last few minutes were a mad scramble to get that one outstanding wave that could put the event beyond doubt.
Next up, the boys final found the conditions somewhat messier as the tide dropped out and required a quick reassessment of tactics to find the best scoring waves.
Ollie stuck to the timeworn strategy of looking for the bombs from out back to nail the heat. Tim and Caz varied their attacks between the big green stuff and the inside reformed waves. Teddy had a quick look out back and decided to come inside and let his quick surfing and nimble turns do his talking.
At the final hooter we all repaired to the clubhouse to learn who had won the trophies for 2019. Surfer of the Summer, Most Improved and Most Committed were the categories for the younger groups and our chairman, Steve had the privilege of awarding them to the surfers selected by their coaches.
Minnow then took the floor to enthuse members with his report of the recent ISA World Surfing games in Japan, which will also host the inaugural Olympic surfing competition.
He then had the honour of asking the girls finalists to come back to the centre stage to receive their trophies. Last up, and thus our champion for 2019 was Eleanor! All three judges had her just a half point better than Senara in the final. Then the nervous wait was over for the boys and they could learn their result. Teddy was last to be called this time, earning a just reward for a summer spent doing little else but catching waves. Well done to all our competitors! It was a pleasure to witness the skill, endeavour and sportsmanship on display out there.
Our thanks are due to Minnow, Neil, Jack and Eve for judging the event, and to Porthmeor Beach for feeding the competitors on the day. More generally, we are indebted as always to St. Ives Surf School whose coaches lead our sessions every Saturday, to Porthmeor Beach lifeguards for their unstinting support and to Porthmeor Beach management for the nourishment and welcome we find there every time. Parents and helpers are also an invaluable resource to the club and praise is due to them too!
And I end with the welcome news that the 2019 Surfers Ball is just around the corner on 25th October. Tickets are on sale now at the clubhouse or at Tregenna Castle, price £30. Small Wonder headline this year’s entertainment, along with DJ Chewy, Tom Quirke’s jazz in the lobby, roulette and blackjack in the casino, those red carpet photos and a photo booth, the big ticket auction and, of course, a sumptuous meal into the bargain. Let’s get dressed up and come out to play!
Once again we were welcomed to a sweet September morning, as captioned to our blog last week! Seventy plus kids turned up to enjoy the fruits of this late-season swell. Today’s banner picture shows the Dolphins group and some of our coaches about to hit the water for their session – I hope you weren’t led to the site expecting to see their cetacean cousins as they don’t appear this week! There are dolphins and some surfers belonging to other fishy-named groups in our gallery below.
So we move into the final month of the Kids Club season and September brings a very surfable wave on a blustery Saturday morning. As so often this summer, conditions were favourable for our most advanced surfers, the Dolphins, and there were twenty of them checked in for the ride! Conversely, the second session saw the tide filling in rapidly and the Nemos found themselves bodyboarding in deepening water instead of the Swelly rides they might have expected. Nevertheless, a good time was had by all as evidenced below. Our banner picture today has instructor Burger resolving his choice of craft mid-ride after initial indecision. Or something like that!
It’s the last day of August, the last Kids Club before the school year begins and there is a distinct chill in the early morning air. An Autumn swell is rolling in to Porthmeor offering some chest-high waves out back as well as the long runners that we find inside on the falling tide. Both the Nemos and the Dorys are given a brisk warm-up to get the muscles ready and the minds psyched before launching. Out on the green waves, the Dolphins, reduced in number by the absence of those members contesting the Rip Curl Gromsearch in Newquay, are battling heavy paddle-outs to earn the right to ride those bigger waves back in. It’s a challenge, and it’s fun!