Whether you’re a beginner looking for some guidance in the water, a confident surfer looking for some coaching or whether you’re looking for an activity the whole family can get involved in and enjoy, then Global Boarders have the answer. An award-winning surf company based in Cornwall, the company has been providing holiday makers and members of the local community alike with the ultimate surfing experience since 2006.
On a bright, sunny March morning, members of the Classic staff teamed up with Chris and Steve, the owners of Global Boarders, for a day of fun on the waves. With beautiful blue skies and brilliant sunshine, the day hinted at the promise of the summer to come and provided us with absolutely idyllic conditions.
After meeting at an agreed pickup point, Chris and Steve swiftly and professionally took the reins and having judged the conditions, drove us to the beach of choice – Gwithian. Upon arrival, we checked out the surf, noted it was great, and quickly got kitted up with wetsuits, booties and gloves (all provided by Global Boarders for those who don’t already have kit).
The more experienced half of the group effortlessly donned their wetsuits whilst the other half gave into a bit of wild flailing and strange expressionist dance. It took a good bit of team work, but eventually we were all in and heading down to the beach.
With six in our group, our members pretty much covered all levels of surfing ability, from those regularly hitting the waves to those who had never set foot on a surfboard in their life. However, everyone was immediately made to feel relaxed and at ease as Steve guided us through the safety guidelines and talked us through the day ahead.
Now as you can imagine, you don’t always fully appreciate the size and weight of waves until you’re in the water with a green, burgeoning mass hurtling towards you. For both those comfortable in the water and those a little reticent, it can be very intimidating. However, with both Steve and Chris being qualified lifeguards and with their inherent confidence in the water, any trepidation quickly washes away and is replaced with a fantastic buzz and engrossing sense of fun.
The day itself comprised of a twenty minute warmup session in the water where the group practiced catching waves lying down on the boards, followed by a technique review back on the beach. Steve was really helpful in giving individual tips and areas for improvement and we felt totally supported the whole time.
After the review, we couldn’t wait to get back into the water and try out stand-up, confident that Steve’s tips had flipped our Kelly Slater switches. Thus, without a moment’s hesitation we were straight back in, diving into the water and lapping up the fun and the occasional mouthful of seawater. With the surf at two to three feet and with a light cross/offshore wind from the North East, the more confident surfers made the most of the perfect rolling green waves a little further back whilst the novices kept to the gentler white water. To demonstrate his support, Chris, who was on camera duty, considerately documented the times we got up; like this…
He also managed to capture the times that we didn’t. Like this…
not forgetting this…
Time absolutely flew by, although by the end of the morning tiredness was beginning to set in and we eventually dragged ourselves out of the water, exhausted, but grinning from ear to ear. We headed back up, changed into some warm, dry clothes, and sat in the sunshine enjoying the sun on our faces and a delicious packed lunch supplied by the guys.
Next, we headed to a local café where we cosied up with some hot drinks and had a good laugh at the pictures Chris had taken throughout the day. With a mix of both camera and GoPro videos and photos, there was a great selection of shots that we were able to take home with us at the end of the day. Finally, we finished our drinks and the guys dropped us back off, leaving us with bright eyes, massive smiles and great memories – although we’re sure it’s not the last time we’ll be seeing them.
If you’re planning on coming to Cornwall and would like to hit the waves, Global Boarders are an absolutely fantastic company who go above and beyond to provide guests with the best possible surfing experience. No matter what your ability, the guys will effortlessly guide you and boost your confidence in the water. What’s more, as they are a mobile company, the guys cover the best surfing spots from Sennen to St Ives, and from Praa Sands to Newquay so you can benefit from their expert local knowledge and discover the best beaches for you, picking you up from your front door if you so wish.
We’ll leave you with this one… It takes some skill to surf sideways you know.
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