Certain beaches, around Devon and Cornwall in particular, are a Mecca for surfers worldwide. National and International championships are held in locations such as Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach in Cornwall and are a highlight of the annual surfing calendar. Throughout the summer there are surfing events that attract not only professional surfers, but a host of like minded spectators with plenty of partying too.
The best way to master the basics or hone you skills is to invest in surf lessons available through multi-activity centres and surf schools. We can recommend Jay Parsons for one-to-one lessons or Sandymouth surf school for groups.
Jay Parsons has been a beach Lifeguard award holder for the last 9 years and currently holds a Surflife saving GB Surf Lifeguard current till 2014 and is a member of the International Surfing Association - ISA Level One Surf Instructor. Accredited and insured with SurfingGB, registered UK Surf Coach - SurfingGB is the UK's recognised accrediting body for surf coaches and schools.
Jay grew up surfing local beaches such as Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay and has surfed throughout Cornwall and Devon for 28 years as well as surfing many world class surfing destinations including - Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Morocco, France and Ireland.
Jay is an active member of the community and has vast experience having managed a leading Cornish Surf shop in Bude, for 10 years and as a Surf instructor at a Special Needs children's school for 9 years.
"I'm really pleased to have been able to team up with Tregulland to offer this bespoke surf experience. Tregulland's environmental ethos fits well. I specialise in one to one coaching, family groups and i can offer larger group services through the excellent Sandymouth surf school"
Ben Barrett who stayed at Tregulland this summer with his family had this to say about his experience:
When we arrived at Tregulland on Friday my dad told me that he had booked a surfing lesson for me on Wednesday. I instantly asked if it could be moved to a sooner time. I had a brief lesson in Devon the week before and really wanted to surf throughout the week. An extra lesson was booked on Sunday. Jay arrived at the house to come and take me to Crackington Haven beach for my first lesson. He brought his foam board for me to start out on which was ideal for my level. He lent me a wetsuit and we made our way down to the beach where we did our warm up and jay gave me a comforting yet informative health and safety talk. After my first lesson I said to my dad that I would love to have more lessons and so by the end of the week i had spent around 12 hours surfing with Jay.
Throughout all of the lessons I had with Jay he was supportive and helpful. He gave me lots of useful tips that he had learned from years of surfing. when I was ready he moved me onto "The Mal" which was similar to the foam board but made out of a type of resin (I'm not sure what specific type). I also saw his whole collection of board when we dropped them off at his house. One of the great things about learning with jay is that he has all types of surfboards so that when you are ready you can move onto a more advanced board. I found this very useful when learning.
By the end of the week I could stand up on a professional short board. This just goes to show how effective and quick Jay's teaching is. If you are a pro surfer or a complete beginner Jay is the guy to surf with.