Newbie or Oldie (your call)
My name's Trev and decided to join the forum after reading Phil Wilson's great 'newbie' post (more like a blog).
Ok. I'm 48 (yes that's right) and first learnt to surf as an 18 year old for one glorious week down in Croyde Bay, Devon.
And that was it for 30 years!!!
This year (having been the proud owner of a lovely VW T25 Multivan) I decided to take the van to its natural habitat and went for a week holiday driving from Lands End (Cornwall for any non UK posters) up the coast to North Devon arriving back at Putsborough sands.
On the way I hired a foam board at Poltreath (and again at Putsborough) and realised what fun I had denied myself for so long.
Anyway (completely bitten by the bug), I went back to Putsborough the following week (27th/28th August) with my 16 year old son and now he has caught the bug too!
I had borrowed a friends BIC 7'3"" and had no joy getting up (having previously hired a BIC 8'4" from the Gate House).
On the Thursday morning, the sea was as flat as Bournemouth (Yes I can bad mouth it, I live there), so we walked the mile or so to Woolacombe and looked for a second hand board (thinking I'd get a second hand BIC 8'4").
Well, one thing led to another an a really helpful guy at 'Le Sport' sold me an 8'0" Cortez including leash for £260 (It's great being older and earning good money to make impulse buys?).
That afternoon, the swell came back and although it was very messy, I spent a glorious 4 1/2 hours in the water re-acquiring skills and managed to pop and stand about 70% of the waves I went for.
All I need now is time, lots of time to learn to turn and carve.
As you may know, there is an artificial reef due for completion in B'mouth this year.
Depsite that fact that petrol is £1.10/litre and my van only does 26 mpg at best on a long run, I'm looking for a surf buddy I can take to Kimmeridge, and the B'Mouth beaches (or even Cornwall/Devon) who might give me some coaching/moral support in return for some free transport in one of the coolest VW vans in the area.
Anyway, thats quite a long ramble of a first post. Normally I'm the quiet one.
Oh, And thanks again Phil for your inspiring post.