Bennet & Moore’s Wave Master Clinics
I am most delighted to announce that Will Bennet and I are running two 1 week Wave Master clinics this year in Cornwall, and the first one kicks off June 4th! We have designed these clinics especially for kitesurfers who want to build confidence and knowledge in all areas so that they can get the very best from their time in the water…basically we’re throwing everything we know into these courses!
The idea to run these clinics came to us last year and this inspired my six week trip to Hawaii to learn new skills and ideas that I could adapt and pass on to kitesurfers; I learned some incredible techniques that consolidated my own experiences and I’m now ready to pass this on. Will Bennet is the reigning and four time BKSA Wave Master champion, owner instructor at Atlantic Riders and universally regarded as one of the most capable and stylish riders in the game, especially with his mystical ability to ‘shift gears’ when conditions really turn on. Between us we have over 25 years experience in surfing and have been kiting since it really got going properly in the UK. We know as well as anyone about the world class conditions Cornwall can deliver, and false modesty aside, our knowledge of the local beaches and tucked away spots is unrivalled.
The first clinic will be run from the 4th till the 11th June, in Newquay, Cornwall. You will arrive on the Saturday, epxerience five full days training from Monday to Friday, and leave the following Saturday feeling fitter, stronger and more revved up than ever before. Accommodation is at The Square House, a fantastic, big, comfortable house complete with BBQ area and parking and ideally positioned for foot-access to Newquay’s beaches. Watergate Bay is just a ten minute car drive away, every where else about 45 minutes.
The format of the clinic is straightforward – we’ll work with you to establish what you really want to learn and then we do whatever the conditions are best for each day. If it’s kiting weather, we’ll be on it! If the waves are up but there’s no wind, we break out the surfboards or Stand Up Paddle boards – don’t worry if you’ve never surfed or SUPd before, we can get you going from scratch. If there’s no wind and no waves, we’ve got some incredible sea-based training activities up our sleeves which will bring your water potential on to a whole new level! We’ll also be visiting a surfboard shaper’s factory and checking out different types of breaks. Everything is maximised to improving your performance. There are ‘modules’ that we’ll cover through the clinic to give you the necessary background knowledge, but where possible, the classroom is gonna be on the beach!
Each evening, you will flop into bed thoroughly surfed and stoked out, and you’ll awake each morning ready to charge into a new day’s adventure.
Who can benefit from the clinics?
The clinics have a very broad appeal to benefit riders spanning a wide range of abilities and expectations. Topics and techniques covered will help riders progressing from twin tips to their first go out in waves, kiters already on surfboards who want to learn strapless techniques or specific tricks up to competition level, riders looking to increase confidence in charging larger waves, riders seeking a greater understanding of the forces at work in the ocean, and kitesurfing instructors looking to introduce wave riding into their school syllabus.
You will learn about:
Board and kite skills (including all aspects of strapped and strapless waveriding – gybes, top turns, floaters, bottom turns, etc…)
Wave reading skills
Charging bigger waves!
Different kites and their characteristics
Surfboard design and manufacture
Understanding swells and weather patterns
Types of waves and breaks
Surviving different types of wipeouts and beatings
Wave riding etiquette and travel tips
Surf specific fitness and training
Basic first aid and rescue techniques
Mind over matter: the correct mental approach
You will also:
Increase your stamina and strength
Improve your lung capacity and efficiency
Become more confident and adept in the water
Become a more stylish and consistent rider
Learn to love your time on the water even more!
Emerge as a beacon of positivity and best practise at your home spot, and further afield!
Learn about GoPro mounting options
Get a stack of photos of the clinic showing you and your new mates ripping it up to take home with you.
A typical day will include…
You’ll wake up, sort yourself out with coffee, tea, juice etc…and then we’re off for an easy jog to the beach (either 2 mins or 5 mins away) where we’ll assess the day’s conditions and run through some simple training and lung expansion exercises.
Then it’s back to the house for brekky, selecting the best beach and determining the day’s objectives. We’ll load up the kit, hit the beach and run through the ‘class room’ stuff and then we’ll hit the water for the session after a briefing. You can return to the beach during the session as often as you like for extra coaching and feedback from Will and I. We’ll also do our best to ensure we get some cracking photos and video footage of your time on the water.
Back at the house, you’ll have the evenings to yourself to either wander into town, or relax at home and watch surfing and kiting DVDs and TV, use the WiFi, read surfing books, kite mags and so on. For grinds, you can either arrange a cooking rota with your fellow riders or eat out at some great places close by.
This course is for kitesurfers looking to crack into wave riding, or to build on an existing skill base. You don’t need to already ride a surfboard with your kite, we can show you that. You don’t need to be able to surf either, but you will be able to do the following:
- Toeside turn
- Stay upwind
- Swim 100m in open water
- Show valid BKSA insurance
The clinics are very open in their agendas, and with a full week and no more than ten participants we can focus on specific areas that you want to work on, no matter how basic or advanced your requirements. Still, if you have any q’s about your level or anything at all, please get in touch and we’ll help you out.
Kit to bring
You must bring the following:
Your kitesurfing kit – kites, board(s), harness, personal protection (if you use it)
Warm clothes, including a windproof and waterproof jacket, and decent footwear
Sunnies, sun cream
A surfboard – let us know if you can’t get one, we can arrange cheap rentals
Brekky items are provided, but bring money so you can stock up on food items for yourself. Sainsbury’s is 200yds away and The Square House is self catering.
Not essential, but we recommend you bring
Wetsuit jacket / spray cagoule
Snorkel mask and fins
Trainers that can get wet / aquatic shoes
Camera / GoPro etc…
Dates, price, location
4th – 11th June
£495 per person. You can pay by PayPal, cheque, or bank transfer. We require full payment no later than 1 month before the clinic starts. A 25% deposit secures your place.
Price includes accommodation, brekky items (help yourself), five full days training, shaping bay tour, photos, video coaching, personal progression plan and full debrief.
You will be staying at the lush Square House, Newquay, Cornwall
By car, punch TR7 1ND into your SatNav. Parking is outside the house.
The train station is a £5 taxi ride from the accommodation, Newquay airport is about £12 in a taxi.
We will be there to meet you at The Square House from 3pm onwards, and there will be welcome drinks at 7pm.
The surrounding area
Everything you would ever need is within a very short walk from The Square House. Sainsbury’s supermarket and cafe is about 200yards away, as are numerous pubs and restaurants and surf shops in town. The town beaches are close by, Fistral is a 5 minute fast walk away. West Country Watersports is an excellent kite / windsurf shop located in Truro, 12 miles away.
The Wave Master clinics are designed to give you total immersion into the surfing and kiting lifestyle. You can expect more fun than you can shake a stick at, and as much information and knowledge as you can absorb. You’ll leave the week feeling stronger, fitter, more confident and more able to charge into the next level of your wave riding career. Expect also to forge some great friendships over this intensive week! Still if you have any concerns, questions, niggles or doubts, want more info or just want to tell us how excited you are , please just get in touch and we’ll take as much time as you like to work through your questions.
Cheers and gone, and we look forward to seeing you out back!
Will Bennet and Dom Moore.