The beach has to be my favourite place when I am not here at Coombe Mill and it is a love shared by all my children too. From Easter to October half term they all enrol for Boardriders at Polzeath beach on a Tuesday after school. This is one of the highlights of the week for us all and whatever the weather I know we are all going to enjoy it. For the children it is a chance to have a chat with all their friends, most of the local village school attends, for the adults some fresh sea air and a coffee or a stroll along the beach to watch the children and for the odd over enthusiastic parent a chance to join in with the kids (yes, that’ll be me).
The friendly staff at Surf’s Up Surf School have a laugh and a joke with the children so it never feels like school yet they really do learn how to surf and will tell them off or send them onto the beach for being silly, I have caught Guy and Jed having time out on more than one occasion. Before they go into the sea they cover the theory on the beach. Wave conditions, the current, wind direction and understanding the importance of the lifeguard’s flags are all essential.
Then it’s off into the waves to put their learning into practice under the careful guidance of the instructors.
They spend over an hour actually in the water and mine love everything from the silly games to riding the waves. It is so much harder than the children make it look and required good balance and careful attention to the tips and techniques given out by the instructors.
When the tide is high and there isn’t too much beach to carry the heavy boards over I do like to have a go, however being less agile than the children I spend most of my time crashing into the sea! The children love to have a giggle at my expense but I’m happy to humour them as I love trying. I did actually scramble up for one wave but of course no one caught my golden moment.
Every week I reflect on how lucky we are to have the opportunity to do sports like this. For those coming to Coombe Mill on holiday you can book lessons with the Surf’s up Surf School for children and adults. Children need to be confident in water and age five plus to handle the board with help. For everyone else and me most of the time, there is wave jumping and body boarding.
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From the garden to the beach I would love you to join me for Country Kids. All posts about outdoor fun are welcome, Country Kids is simply about enjoying nature’s playground and leaving screens turned off for a while. Fresh air is so good for mind and body and a perfect way to enjoy quality family time. Each week there are some really inspiring posts linked up, do grab the badge and check out the other posts, it may be the inspiration for your next adventure.
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MummytoBoyz enjoyed some good British holiday fun in Devon
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