I have mentioned in previous years on Country Kids how my children attend Surf’s Up Surf School in the summer months for their after school Board Riders Club. My eldest who is 17 started when he was just 9 and from age 7 onwards all his 5 siblings have enjoyed learning to surf. Currently I have just Guy and Jed left attending weekly, however the others have to come to the beach with them anyway for lack of an alternative option for travelling home from school. In any case, going to the beach is never a chore! I pack wetsuits and boards for everyone and those not surfing can walk or run the coast path, play on the beach or go in the sea. They have all passed the age of needed to be supervised which also frees me up to join in with them or do my own thing too, it is a lovely couple of hours that I cherish each week.
On this particular week we arrived to find the sea as calm as could be. With little chance of surfing the instructors took the opportunity to practice surf technique in the form of fun and games. To kick things off Guy and Jed were put head to head in opposing teams with all their team members lined up behind. Their challenge was to race to the water’s edge with their boards, paddle out using the approved surfing method round the instructor floating out to sea and back to their next team mate who would do the same. The winning team being the first team to have all their members successfully back on shore. Sibling rivalry running high and their respective teams cheering them on the two ran, paddled and returned with nothing to divide them and handed over the board to the next team members.
This was clearly going to take some time so I wondered off around the coast path for a while with my camera capturing the scenes. As I climbed I could hear the fading sounds of laughter from the beach and turned to watch their fun from afar.
By the time I returned to the water’s edge the surfers were out playing rafts with all the boards in a line in the sea and the person at the end challenged to run down the line without falling through the boards. This gave way to some free play where they had a sporting attempt at catching what there was of a wave.
I watched them for a while then spotted Theo and Clio with body boards, though they soon abandoned these in favour of swimming and sea gymnastics. I don’t often see these two enjoying each other’s company so I was delighted to see they had obviously come down together.
In fact they were so wrapped up in their own games they didn’t spot the surf lesson finishing and me shouting at them to come out, but it was 6pm and even the lifeguards were packing up for the day.
For Guy and Jed it was a quick change, picnic in the car and off to scouts where they were on a night cycle in Lanhydrock woods. Safe to say by the time I finally got them home at 10pm they were quite exhausted and fast asleep in minutes.
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