Clinic date: 28th-29th January, 2012
Clinic location: Newquay, Cornwall
Exactly one year ago today I stopped wasting valuable time in the gym and decided to start training properly for life in the surf. Since then, I’ve not had to pay any gym fees, step into any stinking changing rooms, wait my turn for a go on sweat-drenched equipment, suffer other gym users’ farts of excersion, or fill in tedious work out diaries. Instead, the beach is my locker room and the sea is my exclusive health club. But most importantly, I’ve never been fitter, never spent more time riding.
This extra fitness and water time has helped me build on my confidence, and this year I’ve seen and experienced the most impressive feats of nature in my fifteen years in the sea, and it’s all been in the UK. From huge bull seals swimming underneath me in crystal clear water to paddling into my best waves yet, to kiting into the biggest surf I’ve seen close up it’s been thrilling but it’s also been planned. Much of the joy comes from the planning, training and learning.
On the weekend of January 28th – 29th 2012, I’m running a free surf-kite, fitness, and water confidence clinic aimed squarely at kitesurfers who want to build confidence and skills in the surf environment. We’ll kitesurf when we can kitesurf, and train and cover theory when we can’t. Expect to be a better all-round kiter after the climic, we will cover the following areas plus a lot more:
- Building formidable surf fitness and confidence, even when you can’t get to the sea
- Improving your waveriding kite skills, making best use of the kite and board
- Thriving under pressure and making a friend of fear
- Become your own risk technician so you can spot hazards and escape routes at any location
- Tuning your ‘kiting kit bag’ for the best performance in the surf environment
- Surf psychology – respectfully getting the waves and space you want both at home and in new places
This is rain-or-shine, hell-or-highwater course but you will never be put in an uncomfortable situation. No matter what’s going on with the weather and sea, we’ll be able to use locations and techniques to practise the skills we need to cover. There are many different ways of approaching each learning point, and we’ll choose the best one for the day. The majority of the course will be run outside, in our wetsuits, whilst a couple of modules will be run inside in a calm, comfortable location. You can book your weekend away and be sure that you have something solid to look forward to at the end of January.
So there you have it. I’m running a clinic to cover all the unique information I have learned during my years as an editor, instructor trainer, kite tester and swell chaser. If you’ve ever been inspired by an article of mine you’ve read in the kite media, please consider that as just the tip of the iceberg…! Expect lots of info, stories, laughs and good times, and hopefully I’ll be seeing you in late January. Tight lines!
If you have questions
In the first instance, feel free to contact me direct on 07540 155123, email@example.com, or in the comments box below. If you want to continue reading, please do so as the more usually asked questions are covered below:
Your level of riding and ability
- To enjoy this course, you would have intermediate kite skills and be able to do a toeside carve and ride upwind
- You would be looking to build your confidence and skills in waves
- You would be able to swim 100m and have no pressing health issues that would prevent physical activity
- You do not need to be able to surf, but would have an interest in it
What you need to bring
- Your kitesurfing equipment, and all the neoprene you usually where in winter
- Bring a paddle-in surfboard if you have one, there’s always a chance of a clean wave down here
- Clothing and footwear for January – it could be very bleak, but that’s part of the experience!
- Any GoPros or camera equipment you want to record your experiences over the weekend
- Some pocket money for lunch and dinner
Accommodation and location
- Our great friends at Smarties Surf Lodge are laying on bunk style accommodation for £20 per person per night (you’ll only be sharing with other people on the course), or your own room for £40 per person per night
- Healthy brekky is included in your stay at Smarties
- Each morning we’ll meet at Smarties, assess the day’s conditions and agenda and then hit the beach
- We’re walking distance to all beaches in Newquay, and 10 minutes in the car from Watergate
- Healthy lunch and dinner options are plentiful in Newquay. Maybe bring some extra pocket money for a local ale or two in the evening!
Price and booking
- The course is FREE! To secure your place, call or mail me asap. I’m limiting the course to six places
- Just pay either £20 or £40 per night for your accomm. at Smarties 01637 872391. Book for 27th and 28th Jan, say you’re on ‘Dom’s course’
Why am I doing this for free?
I love running courses. I’ve been doing them for years, from advanced tutorials at my old Skyhooked kite school through to BKSA instructor training courses via contributing to military resettlement courses with ocean based activities (taking 15 Gurkhas on a coasteer is something I’ll always remember). Running courses has been a mainstay of my career since I decided to ‘go it alone’ in late 2004.
The difference is now I don’t have to run courses for money. I’m not trying to have one over on you when I say I get a buzz out of running an action and information packed workshop to a bunch of enthusiastic individuals. I’m always hungry for new knowledge and researching different things myself, and when I can pass on my areas of expertise to people that that find it fascinating, it feels great.