Week two and we are blessed with fine surfing conditions again. Attendance was a little down due to a couple of Covid related scares in some school classes plus the once-in-a-lifetime hazard of road closures and diversions due to the world’s leaders meeting for a G7 summit in Carbis Bay! However, those who were able to get to Porthmeor had a fine old time as witnessed by some of our pictures below. I was particularly impressed by the Sharks group this morning. They were hitting the lip hard and seemed to be competing to see who could pull off the most outrageous layback. Here’s a flavour of the scene, with a random waterborne message concerning the protection of the ocean which passed across the beach during the session.
Here’s St. Ives Surf School’s salute to the new year which I’d like to share with the members and supporters of saints boardriders. Harris and his coaching team are a mainstay of our club and we thank them wholeheartedly and wish them a fabulous 2020!
And those good wishes go out to all our members, supporters and friends too. Happy New Year!
After an interminable wait, Porthmeor finally enjoyed a little bump in the ocean on Sunday morning. There were several Saturday kids out catching waves and a goodly number of adults took to the water on swellys or logs to sate their appetites after the recent flat spell. Here’s a few pics of the grown-ups!
That old music hall routine is one that many of our groups use in their warm-up, and it aptly describes the nature of our Saturday mornings so far this season. In – out – in – out the high tides have cost a fair few sessions.
Last Saturday saw 105 kids enjoying perfect conditions – a gentle surf with enough grunt even for those surfing their own shortboards to bag some peelers. There was some good surfing on show throughout the groups, and I’ll offer additional props to the members of the Sharks who put in a great hour helping the more junior groups before their own session commenced. Great work guys and gals!
There’s a gallery of some of the action below.
I don’t know who was more surprised on a recent evening when St. Ives lifeboat Nora Stachura, exercising off Porthmeor Beach and coming hard astern, found Harry De Roth popping up on a wave beneath her. Harry was quickly to his feet and out of there toward the beach, while Nora powered offshore in a muscular demonstration of her own wave-busting potential.
There is a phenomenon at the very top of world surfing at the moment known as the Brazilian Storm. It refers to the posse of surfers from that country who have suddenly arrived at the peak of international competition in the sport. Well, Saints Boardriders has it’s own Brazilian Storm in the persons of Flavio and Luciana Favero, seen on check-in duty last Saturday in our banner picture.Their organisational skill has transformed the running of the club into a pretty hassle-free affair, and Luciana even finds time to get in the water with the coaching staff every week and help the nippers into the waves. Both can usually be seen running down the beach for their own surfing session once their club duties are complete. You guys rock!
Attendance this week was in the mid-80’s – our lowest of the season so far, though this is likely explained by the number of absent members who were competing in the surf life-saving event at Portreath on the day. Our day went well in the water with some punchy waves challenging the surfers to hang on and enjoy the ride! Here’s baby Alba checking out the action with mum, Lauren Ringer – expect to see both of them out there in the near future!
There’s a gallery of pics below of some of the rides that were caught on camera. If you aren’t in there, then maybe next time…
A fun trip to St. Austell Brewery last Thursday to join SurfingGB in celebrating their sponsorship partnership with Korev Lager. Along with our old friend Lyndon Wake, representing his Croyde-based surf school, we had Harris on behalf of St. Ives Surf School and Nav’s sporting a Saints Boardriders hoodie. It’s a real coup for SurfingGB to bring St. Austell Brewery on board, their support for Cornish rugby is well known, and they are keen to help our sport in a similar way. We were honoured to be asked to join in this first meeting, and thrilled to learn from SurfingGb that we have the largest junior membership of any surf club in the land!
We’ve been starved of waves during this recent spell of hot weather – so it’s been a case of grab it while it’s there. Here’s Matt busting out the fins last Tuesday when a few lines rolled in.
Another great turn-out today for Saturday Morning Surf Club – over 60 surfers again this week. lots of waves to be had. Here are a few pics from the session. there are more over on Nick’s site here
See you next time!
Wednesday’s Surf School’s Ladies Night was the first of the summer, and a strong turnout survived a testing fitness session on the beach with Stef Harkon before enjoying the gentler pleasures of a sunset surf on a balmy Porthmeor evening. There were waves a-plenty to be had, and a couple of surf school coaches on hand to help the newbies get their share. Here’s a sample of what went down!
Look out for the next one when time and tide allow!