You can’t holiday in Cornwall without having a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, and what better way to experience Cornwall’s beach lifestyle than to have a surfing lesson at Bedruthan. We had a chat with professional surfer and instructor, Nick Tiscoe, who owns and runs the Surf Club Cornwall. He is based on our hotel grounds and teaches surf lessons on Mawgan Porth beach throughout the year.
When did you start surfing?
I was about 12 when I started trying to stand on my body board and then I got a surf board when I was 13.
What is your favourite time of year to go surfing?
September and October is my favourite time as the sea is warm, the weather is relatively good and the waves are bigger. Plus it’s less busy on the beaches.
What is your favourite thing about surfing?
My favourite thing is that you can get away from everything. There are no mobile phones, no distractions. You can’t bring your problems out there, you have to focus all your attention on surfing.
What made you want to start teaching surfing?
I used to be a chef, as well as a personal trainer and I worked in Australia for a while. But I didn’t want to be a chef anymore, so I took a course with the British Surfing Association. I passed the course and eventually I decided to set up my own business, The Surf Club Cornwall.
So why Cornwall? Why Mawgan Porth?
Well a friend suggested that I speak to one of the hotel directors about doing lessons at the hotel and it developed from there. I moved around the hotel quite a bit, until it started getting really busy and that’s when the surf shack was built as a permanent base for my lessons. It’s been there overlooking the sea for 9 years now and I’ve been here for 10 years.
Is there anywhere else that you enjoy going surfing?
My favourite place to surf is Barbados. It’s a small island with lovely hot weather. It’s a relaxing place to be and nice place to go for a change of scenery.
Have you ever been in any surfing competitions?
Yes, before setting up my own business I was in competitions between 2001-2007. I was participating all year around in both UK pro tours, europoean tours and many others. It’s fun, you make lots of friends and see a lot of the same people, but at the end of the day it is a competition. It’s a great atmosphere though and it’s made me into the surfer I am today.
Any tips for first time surfers?
Go in no matter what – unless it’s dangerous – come rain or shine, whether you have a rubbish board or wetsuit. This is your chance, so go for it.
So why not come along and have a surf lesson, hire a board or bring your own equipment? Nick takes bookings in the mornings near the entrance to the Wild Cafe and then spends the rest of the day teaching lessons. But if you miss him in the morning we recommend heading down to the surf shack or enquiring at reception.
The minimum age for surf lessons is 6 years old and there is no maximum! Whether you want an easy afternoon of fun in a group or a one-on-one intensive surf lesson, Nick is on hand to tailor your session, making sure you get the most out of your time in the water.
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