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Training for surfers, lifesavers and triathletes

Is you child is between the ages of 8 to 14 and into swimming, surfing, surf life saving or triathlons?

Would they benefit from swimming, surfing, SLS and triathlon coaching,  guidance, advise and training tips.


Nick Thorn – 9 x British, 3 x European Surf Iron Man and Open water swimmer.  Masters surf coach, National Trainer Assessor and CRB checked.  For more information on Nick Please look through his blog –

Mike Cully – Triathlon Specialist and Great Britain competitor in 1983 86 and 93 respectively.  Long distance swimmer, 2 x Iron Man competitor, with 1st and 2nd results in his age group. British Triathlon Association coaching and CRB checked.

With this depth of experience and knowledge this is an opportunity not to miss.

On Tuesday the 3rd and Friday the 6th at Ilfracombe Pool for 8 weeks Mike and Nick will be offering limited places for children who are into Swimming, Surfing, Lifesaving and Triathlon specific coaching techniques, programmes and guidance for each individual for the fast approaching season coming up.

The price is £55 for 8 sessions – Please call Nick on 07725860373 for more information.

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Blog been down, but back now!

It’s been a while but we are back.  A few months ago I lost the web page to the internet.  But now we have tracked it down and back in town. So over the next few weeks I will be picking up the blog posts and keep you post to all going in the Nick Thorn World.

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Dawn till Dusk

My arms are aching and I have blisters all over my hands but it was worth it.

Yesterday I decided to get up before the sun and SUP paddle one of the new 14ft boards I have just received.  Lucky for the big tides and the flat conditions as I hit the sea at around 5:45am.  To my surprise it was fairly warm and only wearing shorts and t’shirt I paddle across the 2 1/2 mile beach towards Putsborough.  The moons was at its fullest and being a 10. tide everything was super clear and still.  As I got to Puts the moon was just disappearing into the new day, so I headed out towards Baggy point and watch it disappear.  Then also to my surprise I turned around to head back to Wooalcombe and the sun was coming up between the valley.  As I approached the beach the sun was well and truly up and a well deserved cup of tea and porridge was in call for.

Then in the evening I had a mate turn up from Cornwall and we decided to paddle out towards Morte Point and watch the sun go down, which in this picture you can only imagine how nice this paddle was.  On the way back to main beach the moon was just coming up over the top of the hill.  To finish of the day with a cheeky pint and chat to how my day was just a once in a lifetime experience.

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Do love a bit of Tahiti

The first day of Chopes (Tahiti) has been just epic.  The forecast was predicted to be big and clean and the forecast was not wrong.  With clean 15-20ft faces the circus was on. Some of those drops were just insane and even the big boys were getting whooped.

Watch all the action here:

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Commonwealth games

Has to be one of the greatest events on earth watching the Commonwealth Games.  Here is a picture my mate Milky took of the girls triathlon and Stimpson who went on to win the event.  Would be so good to have been able to go and watch the event and be part of this amazing games.  Swimming on tonight and a friend from Cornwall is competing so should be a good a good watch.

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Thanks to Sundried for a few free samples to try out.  Looking forward to receiving some new sunnies and clothes to try out.  Really could do with a new pair of shades as I have had the last one for many moons now.

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Activity Week

Running your own surf school has its ups and downs.  Last week consisted of a mellow week with a few surf groups coming through the door at Nick Thorn Surf Coaching.  Now this week is a crazy week with over 120 children every day.  Firstly it is a logistical nightmare to organise and getting the right amount of staff to cover the surf lessons.  The weather has been a bit up and down, but the surf has been fun. Saying that its time to go back out for another lesson.

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South Coast Adventure

It has been a tough few months but there is one thing I know, being a dad is the best thing you can ever do.  Here is my Little girl in the middle and Farli on the left, Zaiph on the right.  We went for an adventure down to Cawsands this weekend to see my brother for his 50th and stayed in a Yurt which for Matilda was the first time she has stayed in a yurt and camped and they were all super excited.  We stayed in a camp site over looking Plymouth and Devon which was just awesome.  Instead of watching the sun come up from the land we watched the sun come up from the sea.  To say the least it was a cracking weekend and happy birthday Steve.

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What do you do before work?

This is Putsborough beach this morning, the other end of Woolacombe.  It is roughly 2 1/2 miles of open water from rock to rock.  Since January my local swimming pool has been closed and I have to get up at 5:45am to get there for a 6:30 start. Having such lovely weather at the moment helps and what ever the surf is doing there is always something to do in the bay.  This morning consisted of swimming from rock to rock. Yesterday morning consisted of a walk of the beach and then the day before was a SUP paddle and if I get waves then I will have a surf.  So this is my morning before work and its a great way to clear your head.

Thanks to eye ball for the picture.

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Things you find at sea

This was my adventure this morning when swimming the beach of Woolacombe to Puts and back.  With perfect glassy conditions and the best visibility you can imagine, the water was a bit chilly but after a few strokes it all started to warm up.

I was about 150m out to sea and all I could see was spider and hermit crabs.  This was loads of fun and then I got stung by a jelly fish on the lip and face, which did take a while for the feeling to come back but this is part and parcel of the open water swimming.

Then on the way back I was about 200m maybe more out to sea and seen this rope at the bottom of the ocean and decided to go down and investigate.  The boy was pretty deep and took me a couple of attempts to get the thing out. Lung busting to say the least.  Then had to swim it back to the beach and run up to the high tide with it.  That was a real Iron Man work out.

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