Thursday, June 10, 2010

A parcel arrived...

Aeons ago, when we first mooted the possibility of a move to Cornwall, Mart said he'd buy me a new surfboard. At the time we assumed that, because I was a boogie boarder (shallows only), that the next obvious step would be a beginners stand up board, or Swellboard. Decades passed....or so it seems when you badly want something....(but it was some 15 years), and six months ago we moved to a little piece of Cornish heaven.

However, having tried stand-up surfing on numerous holidays in between moot and move and not doing everso well at it, (too stiff despite yoga, too unfit and a weak swimmer plus that bit older) the idea slowly slid towards the sunset. I was a one boogie-board woman. (Similar to a honky-tonk woman, only wetter) Until.........

We joined the National Trust! You weren't expecting that, were you? It's not that we were that keen on walking round old stately homes for free, you understand but the best car park for our local Beach is owned by the National Trust...anyway we joined; get free parking to go surfing; result. But when you join organisations like this you get presented with rainforests worth of jolly newsletters and info and after a quick read it was destined for the recycle bin, when I noticed an article about the World BellyBoarding Championships, held near St Agnes, Cornwall in September.

The photos showed not the young rippers, with foam Morey boards and flippers doing aerials and 360s, but old buffers like me, having a really great time on thin little wooden boards! Well, I had to check out the website, didn't I? http://www.bellyboarding.co.uk  . And blow me, what a wheeze it is! Basically you charge into the water, wait for a wave and launch yourself onto the board in front of said wave. You should get a nice ride into the shore. I do this when I use my foam bodyboard of course, but apparently these little plywood boards can catch smaller waves than a bodyboard can (no more disappointing ankle-slapper wave days) and your ride is faster, more in the wave than on it. (The competition rules don't allow wetsuits though!)

How could I resist? After all, he said he'd buy me a board.......


Fresh from the wonderful Original Surfboard Company, owned by Sally Parkin (we had a lovely chat over the phone, what a nice lady!) my shiny new plywood bellyboard arrived next day (today) and stands resplendent by the door. I'm off to check the surf webcams!

1 comment:

Sue said...

'Old Buffers...'

Buffer yes...but old??!! I don't think so. No way would i be married to an OLD woman ;o)

Mwah!! mart'