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Apr
17

Water may be cool but the weather is nice

With the Easter holidays in full flow we have had to put up with a few flat days, but at least the sun has been out. Plenty of coaching and not to cold at the same time.  This time last year it was proper chilly and there was not many people about.  But as the Easter weekend approaches and the easter bunny is busy hiding all those eggs, it looks like it could not be a bad weekend. I have had a great few weeks getting back into coaching and introducing the new crew into the shop and instructing. With a refit of the shop and introducing the new SUP’s (Stand up Paddle boards) they have been great fun for these small flat days with awesome sunsets and big tides.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys the sunshine and plenty of family time.

Posted in NickThorn.tv
Apr
12

London Marathon Weekend

Now I could think of anything more painful then doing a marathon but I know a man who can. Follow our Joey Jordan as he does the London Marathon and see how well he does.

Here is his blog and more on his race preparation: Joey Jordan

Posted in Competition
Apr
5

King Ky claims his 10th crown

Ky Hurst, the king of Australian Surf swimming, defied age, conditions and a hot field of rivals to win a record 10thopen surf race title at he Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Scarborough, WA, today.

The 33-year-old from Kurrawa timed his finish perfectly to outsprint longtime rivals Shannon Eckstein(Northcliffe) and Nathan Smith (Manly) in an exciting finish.

What a true legend and had the privilege of watching him race, training and racing against him. Inspiring and awesome…!

More on this article read here: sls.co.au

Posted in Competition
Apr
2

Nick Thorn Surf School Training Day

Now that had to be one of the best days for welcoming the new team to Nick Thorn Enterprises.  Will Tinsley-Such, Sue Allen, Dan Berry and Keida Abram.  The surf was pumping and the waves were 3/4ft clean. The day started with the standard coffee from the local coffee shop and introductions.  With the RNLI lifeguards starting this weekend for the Easter period, they joined us for a short period to talk about safety points and what we should be doing as a surf school for the season, and what we should be doing with the SUP’s on the beach as hire and lessons, where to go and how far out and what equipment the clients should wear.  So thank you Kai Drake (Head Lifeguard and Archie Willis (Head Lifeguard on Croyde and Woolacombe) for meeting us and sharing your words of wisdom.  The key here is to liaise with the lifeguards as much as possible and keep in loop abut everything we do.

Then we set out for what can only be described as a 2 lease snapping session on the stand up paddle boards (SUP’s).  This turned out to be highly entertaining and a few of us had to do a bit of swimming. We have a 10’2 NSP, a 9’6 blow up and a borrowed board which we all had a go at.  We found that the blow ups were a bit bobbly in the surf and the NSP’s were the best. So over all a successful SUP trial session.

Lunch consisted of a local fry up with a large cup of coffee and chat about our experience.

Our next work shop was an hour with our Coasteer specialist Sue, and this was in house training about the safety points of running coasteer sessions and then on to a practical risk assess session in one the bays where we run the sessions.  Having a big tide helped as we could see the jumps and assess what tide we can do them.

Finishing up with a debrief and a successful meeting with the beach owners Parkins Estate Sue Black and Allen Black and surf was a great end to our staff training day.  Thanks team and look forward to a good season.

Posted in Surfing
Mar
26

Getting ready for summer

This is all ways a crazy time of the year.  Setting up the surf school, painting and ordering stock.  With all this going on we have just had 12 SUP paddle boards turn up and looking at running course from Nick Thorn Surf Coaching.  I wonder if these are the type of manoeuvres I will be practicing on my 10’2? Looking forward to summer.

Posted in Surfing
Mar
17

25 Years Long service award

Here is my certificate from the weekends awards ceremony.  Its a bit scary to think I have been in Lifesaving for 25 years.

Posted in Competition
Mar
16

Hero’s of the surf

Would like to say thank you to SLSGB for the Hero of the surf award. The award was for 25 years Surf Lifesaving competing and service the SLSGB.  By all accounts it sounds like a cracking night and every one had plenty of ales to celebrate.

Posted in Competition
Mar
14

Traveling with the old man

Some say whats it like traveling with your dad. My response is that he don’t get out much. Na, to be honest you could not ask for a more laid back and mellow travelling partner. For a 74 year old that to say the least has had a fruitful life, it may have had its ups and downs, but don’t we all.  I would not think twice about tanking the old man on any of my adventures and traveling experiences.  He has nearly been retired as long as he was in work and thats an achievement in its self, I hope I am half as cool as he is and be more then happy to make it to 74.

We went over to Morocco with a few good friends of mine Chunky John and Wing-nut. They both said over the first two days they watched what they said around AKA grey Balls (he will shoot me for calling him that). But after that he was just as one of the boys and banter was in full flow.  My jaws hurt that much from 10 days away of adventures and awesome times. It was a great trip and absolute pumping waves.  Thanks dad for being such a good mate and look forward to there next adventure.

Posted in Surfing
Mar
5

Surfing in Morocco

I have been coming to Morocco for many years and seen many changes over this time.  I am down in Taghzout at the moment running an ASI Level 1 Surf instructor joint with the Surf Lifeguard Award.  With the line ups allot busier and the surf still pumping, this makes for tricky conditions.  I have been surfing a few spots the passed few days and paddled many miles. With the biggest swell to hit the UK on Monday, the swell finally arrived here in Morocco on the Tuesday. Paddling out at one of my favourite spots early I was greater with over 10ft sets and me ridding a 6’0.  To say the least I was under gunned and as I scooted down the point with just me and a friend out, my board hummed down what can only be described as a slalom.  Then getting axed by one to many heavy duty lips and spinning not only side ways, but forwards and backwards.  With this all equated that made for one heavy session.  The end of the day I was licking a few wounds and treating few cuts, but well worth the pasting. Now the course must continue.

Posted in Surfing
Mar
1

10 Painful Truths people forget Too Soon

You Know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you?  The ten truths listed on this web site 10 truths fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learn over years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped.

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