Some snaps of Head Instuctor Mark competing at the recent RedBull Sri Lanka Ride My Wave event in Hikkaduwa!
In September and October this year North Devon area of the national children’s mental health charity The Wave Project partnered with Westward Waves Surf School to deliver a six week Surf Therapy Course at Westward Ho!, Bideford. Nine young people took to the water for the first session on Saturday 11thSeptember, and continued to attend throughout the course.
The Wave Project began in Cornwall just over 10 years ago, and first came to North Devon in 2013. Working with partner Surf School Surf South West in Croyde, the project has flourished over the last eight years.
The Wave Project supports young people who have been referred to them for a range of different reasons including autism diagnosis, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, bullying and social isolation, challenging family life, anxiety and mental health struggles.
Through surfing, the Wave Project creates a safe space for young people to build resilience, learn new skills, make new friends, feel part of the surfing community and connect to nature. The Wave Project North Devon aspires to make everyone to feel welcome and valued – inclusivity is at the heart of everything they do.
The Wave Project works with referrers such as schools, social workers and GP’s to pinpoint which young people need support and get it to them as soon as possible. The local Wave Project coordinator then works with parents/carers and families to understand the needs of each child, and work out how they can best be supported during a session to access the calming and therapeutic benefits of spending time in the ocean.
The Wave Project also works with volunteer surf mentors, whom undertake an online training, and a sea training session (and of course a DBS check). Once trained, volunteers can attend as much or as little as they like – helping the young people in the water on a 1:1 basis within a group setting. Helping to choose good waves for their young ‘surf buddy’, lending a hand after a wipeout and celebrating great rides – the role of a surf mentor can be really rewarding.
The group surf lesson beach talk, or in this instance the grass talk.
All the information you will need to help improve your time in the water. From parts of the board, techniques of getting through the waves, catching waves, standing, turning and much more.
Each beach talk can be tailored to your own ability and lesson aims.
Give us a call on 07585257451 to enquire about booking your next surf lesson today.
Introducing another Westward Waves instructor for the summer! After 12 year's experience in the sea he has decided to share his wealth of Knowledge with you all.... Available to be your instructor via special request!
What a week!
5 days, 10 lessons and 6 budding wannabe surf instructors ready for their Beach Lifeguard and ISA Surf Coach qualification. Solid effort.
With varying surf experience between them (some of them having never surfed before) these guys were thrown in at the deep end, spending 4 hours a day in the water homing their skills ready for their qualifications at the end of the week.
Starting with a full beginner talk at the start of the week and daily video analysis of their sessions, by day 5 the group were paddling out and catching green waves out the back turning left and right. Amazing to see the progression throughout the week.
The sea is starting to warm up the weather inproving, theres perfect waves on the forcast. No better time to join us for the surf lesson and beat the crowds.
We had great fun with these two legends in perfect waves yesterday. Despite both surfers living in a city and having left it to thier 20's to give surfing a go, both were standing by the end of the lesson. We cant wait to see them next time for lesson number 2.
Christmas is here and so marks the end of Westward Waves surf school first season. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped and supported us and a huge thanks to everyone who joined us on lesson.
We are still open throughout the year to take enquiry and bookings for the summer and we will be back running lessons again from the beginning of April for the 2020 season so get in touch.
If your looking for the perfect gift to give this Christmas why not buy one of our WESTWARD WAVES SURF SCHOOL GIFT VOUCHERS to give to your friends or family. Get in touch through our website at www.westwardwavessurfschool.com for more information
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.
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.
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!