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The weathers improving.

Lately the weather is not what you expect nor want for your summer holidays. We've had strong wind, heavy rain and stormy seas.

However brighter days are on the horizon. The waves are becoming more managable, the winds are dropping and the sun might even make an appearance this coming week so come down and join us at Westward Waves Surf School at Westward Ho!

Group or Private surf lessons running every day. Call 07585257451 to book.

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Come and Join us.

It's been a great week of weather and more importantly waves here at Westward Waves Surf School, and it looks like its set to continue with good surf being forecast all week. So if you are new to surfing or looking to improve there's never been a better time to join us for surf lessons.

Here's a brother V brother party wave over the weekend in the sunshine, smiles all round.

 

 

 

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Summer Holidays

The Summer Holidays are almost upon us and there's never a better time to come surfing with us here at Westward Ho!

We have morning and afternoon lessons running every day of the week for all abilities and all ages.

Give us a call on 07585257451 to book now.

 

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Blue Flag Beach

Blue Flag Beach.

For another year running Westward Ho! has been named a 'Blue Flag Beach'. The award is only given to beaches in England that pass a strict set of criteria covering the four main topics of Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Enviromental Management and Safety Services.

So when you join us at Westward Waves Surf School here at Westward Ho! you have the confidence to know that our waters are safe. 

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The boot battle is over!

I think it is safe to say that the battle of the boot is well and truly over!

With the Westward Ho! sea temperature now at a tropical 14 degrees, and still climbing, this familiar struggle any cold water surfing fanatic must go though is now a thing of the past!

There is no easy way to get your foot into a wetsuit boot. Everyone has their preferred method from plastic bags to brute force. This is young surfer Issac came for surfing lessons with me a few weeks ago and is using the 'lay on my back and get mum to put my boot on' technique. A classic!

To book a group lesson go here - Group Lessons
To book an individual lesson go here - Individual Lessons

 

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Half term Whitsun week

The weather might be a bit mixed this week and the wind might be a bit blowy but theres plenty of waves out there all week this Whitsun holiday! So come down and join us for your last chance to make the most of the BOGOF 2 for 1 surf lesson May promotion.

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Where to find us.

Westward Waves Surf School is located behind the pebble ridge at the center of Westward Ho! beach. Simply enter the Northam Burrows via the Westward Ho! or Sandymere entrances and follow the roads to the center of the beach. Look for the Surf School horse box and drop in to say hello or book your surf lesson.

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Lessons Begin

Despite these two North Devon locals living a stone throw form the sea, this surf lesson last Saturday was a new experience for them. Never the less both were up and riding in no time!

Here they are pre surf learning one of surfing’s most important moves the ‘SHAKA’

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Hey Hey Mr Postman.

Today I picked up a delivery of this seasons new boards (Grizzly’s) and wetsuits (ADV wetsuits) from Tiki. 

The Tiki 'Grizzly' surf boards vary in size from 7ft to 8'6ft and are fibreglass and epoxy boards wrapped with a forgiving foam outer layer, giving you the performance of a hard board with the safety of a soft board

 The ADV wetsuits combines comfort and stretch in the top half, for freedom of movement, and 4 mm of neoprene on the body and legs provide the warmth you need to surf for hours.

A good day spent in the sunshine assembling all the kit.

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Winters Away

The last few years I have been lucky enough to work the summers here in North Devon and in the winter travel to warmer waters in pursuit of waves. The last 2 years I have spent the colder months in Indonesia. Indonesia offers warm waters, consistent waves and great food in an amazing location.

This photo of me was taken on a small island call Nias off the coast of Sumatra.

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Surfing Slang and Surfer Lingo

Surfing is a rich sport when it comes to terms, names and expressions. Here is a small list of expressions used by surfers in the waves and at the beach.

Shakaa Hawaiian hand gesture used to say 'hello', 'great', 'cool' and 'alright'. (as seen in the picture above)

Wipeout: an unexpected fall off a surfboard while surifng a wave (something you may be quite familier with by the end of your first surf lesson)

Bogging: what happens when a surfer's weight is too far back, and the nose of the board lifts up.

Chop: bumpy ocean and wave conditions that are rough due to strong winds and/or currents

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Waves Waves and more Waves

We have been so lucky with the recent run of swell. Large waves, off shore wind and sunshine.

Summers on the way.

This picture was snapped right off of the beach at Westward Ho! earlier this week.

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Horsebox Progress - Changing on the beach!

Today we roped in the help of big sister Hazel and together we painted the changing room divider.

We decided to go for an icon Westward Ho! Sandymere scene complete with sand dunes, weather-beaten fences and threw in a few surfers for good measure, not to mention beach hut curtains to give you the privacy you need.  

All in all, making your changing experience most pleasant.

 

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The Latest Blogs and News from the Westward Ho! surf

Lately the weather is not what you expect nor want for your summer holidays. We've had strong wind, heavy rain and stormy seas.However brighter days are on the horizon. The waves are becoming more managable, the winds are dropping and the sun mi...
It's been a great week of weather and more importantly waves here at Westward Waves Surf School, and it looks like its set to continue with good surf being forecast all week. So if you are new to surfing or looking to improve there's never been a bet...
The Summer Holidays are almost upon us and there's never a better time to come surfing with us here at Westward Ho!We have morning and afternoon lessons running every day of the week for all abilities and all ages.Give us a call on 07585257451 to boo...
Blue Flag Beach.For another year running Westward Ho! has been named a 'Blue Flag Beach'. The award is only given to beaches in England that pass a strict set of criteria covering the four main topics of Environmental Education and Information, Water...
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You will find Mark on Social media at the following locations, please give him a follow and send any pictures you have as your surfing develops!

Mark is based in Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon.
Tel: 07585257451.

Where to find us

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Look for the horsebox - Male & Female changing rooms on Westward Ho! beach.