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February 21, 2017

Surfing… on New Years Eve!

For the first time EVER, our little family spent the Christmas & New Year period on holiday.

It was amazing for us all to be together, spending a full 10 days just relaxing and enjoying our surroundings. After a busy year, it was a much-needed and well-deserved break. Those regular visitors to my little blogette will know that we love to go to Coombe Mill, in Cornwall. The tranquillity and the closeness to the natural outdoors appeals to us, and it made a great setting for us to enjoy Christmas even more.

The most memorable experience, however, was the day of New Years Eve. We decided to spend the day surfing in the sea at beautiful Polzeath Beach. Bonkers, I hear you mutter, given the time of year but, with the proper kit, we hardly noticed the cold and lasted over an hour in the surf, jumping and riding the waves.

We went to a surf shop located right on the beach, where we were able to hire a board, wetsuits, boots, gloves and hats, all of which were much needed in the chilly swell. We used the “privacy” of our car to writhe and wriggle into our wetsuits, and then we were ready to face the waves.

The first few steps into the ocean we sort-of OK, and surprisly not as cold as we anticipated it to be. Having the correct kit is essential, and I was able to slowly lower myself deeper into the water without too much of a cold-shock to the system, acclimatising as I went tentatively ever farther out into the surf.

My daughter caught her first wave and soon stood up straight away, making it look very easy and completely putting her Mum to shame! I don’t mind admitting that I’m not the best surfer, and I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been able to successfully stand up on a moving board, but I still love the whole experience.

After almost an hour, the wind started to chill our heads, and cheeks began to glow a nice shade of rosy red. We were ready for warm clothes and, as we waddled quickly back to the car, we all agreed that we should visit the nearest tea-rooms, where we enjoyed a steaming pot of tea, and a huge warm scone with extra clotted cream and large spoon of jam!

The ability to enjoy such a wild, fun day with my family was such a brilliant way to end the year and mark the end of a wonderful holiday.

Country Kids

14 thoughts on “Surfing… on New Years Eve!

  1. You’re a brave pair Kim. I think your daughter really takes after you. I’m glad you had such a great time even if you did only do it for a Cornish cream tea.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Having my daughter pushing me sometimes makes me that little bit braver. Surfing was really a highlight of our holiday and also we managed to fit in alot of Cornish cream teas!

  2. Sonia Cave says:

    What a wonderful way to see in the new year! I love body boarding (never managed to surf!) and love the thrill of making it in on a wave. You would have had a little more space to at this time of year! #countrykidsfun

    1. kim says:

      Thinking about it I should admit to me being a good bodyboarder and not a surfer, however my daughter found standing very easy. It really was a wonderful way to start the New Year.

  3. I remember you setting off to do this as I was preparing crafts on the farm. Lovely to see the photos and well done to your daughter standing up! Like you I can count my standing moments on one hand but it doesn’t stop me trying or enjoying just bodybording. We followed you down on New Year’s Day, it was one of my holiday highlights too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi Fiona,
      It really was such a wonderful thing to do and made a lovely holiday adventure.
      I do enjoy surfing, I’m not the best at it (not sure if I’m going to get any better!) but love having a go.
      We had such a relaxing time at Coombe Mill over Christmas, its a perfect place for us and thank you to your family for working so hard for the families who visit.

  4. Looks like a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve – glad to hear that the sea wasn’t too cold! Your daughter looks like she was having a great time and she certainly does make it look easy in the photos! Warming up with a pot of tea and scones sounds like the perfect way to end the day 🙂 #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      It was such a lovely afternoon and get to do something exciting on New Years Eve. My daughter did find it very easy which made it even more fun for her.

  5. I love your photos as they capture the adrenaline & excitement of doing something new and giving it a go! This looks brilliant allbeit a tad chilly! heheh!!
    Good for you for giving it a go. I went surfing once and really loved it – would certainly do it again!
    #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much, my husband was the lucky one staying behind the camera in warm clothes!
      I’m not the best at surfing but do enjoy giving it a go, and my daughter finds it very exciting and riding the waves very easy!

  6. Oh I am so impressed!! It takes a lot to get me paddling in the sea, so as far as I am concerned braving it in the winter AND on surf boards is very impressive!!
    #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much! When the idea came up I can remember seeing the look of horror on my husbands face, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. It really was one of the best adventures we have had as a family!

  7. Great post. So good that everything was open on New Year’s Eve too. We’ve often wondered about going away for Christmas but never been quite sure, sounds like it worked for you. #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi,
      It was so lovely to have everything open on New Years Eve and for us to do something really special.
      It was the first time we had been away for Xmas and at first I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but it made the Xmas period even more special for our family.

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