WHERE TO SURF:
PENICHE, BALEAL, ERICEIRA, ALGARVE (LAGOS, SAGRES, CARRAPATEIRA, ARRIFANA, MONTE CLÉRIGO, ZAVIAL)
LOCAL DELICACY: WATER TEMPERATURE:
PASTEL DE NATA - A PORTUGUESE CUSTARD TART
18-22C FOR MAY-OCTOBER, 15-17 FOR NOVEMBER TO APRIL. A FULL WETSUIT IS NEEDED, BUT A SHORTY WILL BE FINE FOR HOTTER DAYS.
BOM DIA (GOOD MORNING), BOA TARDE (GOOD AFTERNOON), TCHAU (BYE), ATÉ MAIS TARDE (SEE YOU LATER) AND VAI MAIS UMA (ONE MORE,
EG: ONE MORE SURF, ONE MORE PASTEL DE NATA!)W
GO BACK TO BASICS:
I was having problems popping up quickly enough on the wave and found a refresher course on where to place my hands and feet was very beneficial. By forgetting the basics I was making the rest a lot harder. Along with continually practicing my pop-up on land, having a 1:1 with one of the fantastic Surf Experience instructors really helped build my confidence and reminded me of the little adjustments I needed to make.
We’ve said it before and will say it again… surfing is meant to be fun! The moments when I let go, stopped over-thinking things and just enjoyed the moment were the sessions I did best in.
MENTAL STRENGTH IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PHYSICAL:
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a rubbish time out in the water. Every surf session is different – different waves, conditions, temperatures… Even if you spent the whole day face planting, you are still getting those experiences, building confidence and getting more comfortable with being in the water. Keep going, be resilient and it will be so rewarding.
FOCUS ON YOUR OWN PROGRESS:
It’s about your own personal small wins – whether it’s you’re first pop-up, your first green wave or you made it out back in conditions that made you nervous. Don’t compare yourself to others – everyone is on their own journey.
Surfing is hard work and you’re expending a lot of energy, so nutrition is key in fuelling the body to maximise endurance and progress. The Surf Experience and Mad to Live Head Chef, Rachel Snow, caters for this by providing nutritional, delicious and healthy meals aplenty, specifically created to assist with your surfing journey.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET INTO SURFING, HOWEVER OLD YOU ARE.
As Sophie said: “We are all athletes and our bodies can do amazing things if we just put in the time. If everyone were to surf and ride a horse, the world would be a better place. Everyone should do those things at least once.”
So, did I nd my surng mojo? I sure did; and here is what I learnt to help me deal with my surng demons: