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Kingsurf News - Winter 2011
Wow! Our first ever newsletter!
It's taken us five years to get around to it but we thought now was as good a time as ever to write our first ever newsletter.
This summer has been fairly kind to us here in Cornwall with an early warm and royal start to the season ending in a record breaking October. Pete even went for a surf without the use of a wetsuit!
The season has now finally drawn to a close with the odd weekend lesson still being done here and there. Just before it was time to leave Mawgan Porth and start the yearly search for jobs to keep us busy, we all sat around the fire at Rettorick Mill and discussed how quickly the summer flew by and how we wished it could just last a little longer. The thought of doing anything else right now just doesn't sound half as appealing as being in the water everyday, all having a good time and meeting lots of fantastic new people along the way. We have had many discussions about what we could do to keep the season from ending and the one idea that is brought up every year is to start kingski and go to the mountains where we can surf the snow and carry on doing what we only know best, which is hopefully making peoples holidays a memorable and happy one.
From Ocean to Mountain
After years of doing ski seasons we decided to call all of our contacts and find the best chalet from which to host our brand new ski holidays. We've put together a package which includes everything you need for a ski holiday to be as stress-free and fun as possible (check out our website for more details). Bob's your uncle, Kingski has been born! We have chosen Morzine for our 2011/2012 trips, and have only 10 spaces left for the week commencing the 18th of February. If you would like to join us out in the snow this winter please don't hesitate to get in contact. Price �499.
We hope all is good in your worlds and look forward to living the dream with you out in the mountains and the ocean!
Surf's Up! Polzeath
9 February 2012
Two e-mails in two days!! I know, I know. But I've just got to give you the heads up on an event happening this weekend at Polzeath. It would be rude not to. Our favourite surf co. of all time, Finisterre (here I am in their offices earlier today) are running a 'one day only' sale at the Tubestation in Polzeath (details below). I've seen the stock that's going on sale and the bottom line is if you love their stuff, you need to be there! No listen, you really do need to be there!! No need to thank me, all part of the service. 8 February 2012
Feb half term just around the corner.. we're open, lessons at 10am and 2pm everyday. Or come down and hire some kit! Wailo will be there to tend to your every need, he'll even rub your ears if they get cold.
iSurf training, that I mentioned last week has gone down a bit too well. Looks like I'm going to have to do some work! We've come up with two options - D of E, or Work Experience - residential or non-residential. If you want some course dates, don't forget it's firstname.lastname@example.org. It will go up on the web shortly, but you can get ahead of the game by coming back to me directly.
2 February 2012
Our new surf school booking system will go on-line next week. Just running through the final checks as we speak. Really happy with it. What it'll mean is that you can Fast Track - book the lesson time, fill in a few details, tick the disclaimer box, make a payment, then when you arrive, you'll be up and away. No hanging around, sweet as. Use the system and you'll get the best offers too and reminds of your lesson time the day before. We really are that good.
The big new development that we're very excited about is iSurf Training. For 'young adults' who are doing D of E, work experience or about to look for full-time employment we're offering a skills / education / employment based course. This is my bag and run by me - with so much experience, pioneering and humour to share, it would be a crime to keep it all in!! Personal surf coaching sessions (hoorah!) combined with relevant work related training (boo!). It'll be fun, but it'll also be hard work. I'll put you through your paces. I'll also be sending you on your way with a much improved CV and a resolve to hit the next phase of life, with confidence and a steely resolve. You can stay in our flat, 5 mins from the beach, so I can keep an eye on you!! - (previous hamster cage cleaning experience not necessary).
If you want to rub shoulders with genius then just give me a shout on email@example.com!!
5 day (weekday) - �250 including accommodation
2 day (weekend) - �180 including accommodation
I think that will do for now. We're open for Feb Half term and there are a few dates available for the Beach House this year (07760 126225). Looking forward to 2012 what with the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee.
Don't forget if you want to keep up with beach news there's a blog that I've been writing for years now.... http://surfsupsurfschool.blogspot.com/.
Hobie Cat Centre
Latest News - We have moved / Hobie Exclusive Sailing Gym Membership / Exhibiting at Excel this week at caravan and camping show
New Office Premises in Rockley Park
Just to let you know that we have now moved office premises - we are still based at Rockley park beach as usual but our office has moved to the inside of Rockley Watersports. Everything else stays the same e.g phone numbers emails etc. We have joined forces with Rockley Watersports so that we are able to provide a better service to our customers and we will also be launching a brand new joint venture this year, details below. If you are unsure where the Rockley watersports office is just take the left before the usual Hobie Cat Centre entrance and head through the main doors of the sailing school building. We are based in the reception office to the right.
The New Venture - Hobie Exclusive
Sailing gym membership, for as little as �69 per month you will be able to enjoy Hobie sailing on a range of catamarans and Hobie kayaks in beautiful Poole Harbour. We will be sending out further details of Hobie Exclusive in the next few weeks. There are limited places within the club so if you like the sound of it register your interest by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motorhome and Caravan and Camping Show
This week 14th-19th Feb we are exhibiting some of our range of kayaks at Excel for the Motorhome, Caravan and Camping show. (Stand number N264) Hobie Inflatable kayaks are ideal for keen campervanners as the inflatable kayaks can be easily stowed in a wheely bag and transported around inside you van. A great way to explore the waterways of the UK and beyond. For further info on the kayaks at the show and details of where to find us call steve on 07966492577.
Office Premises for Sale
We are selling our office unit if you are interested give me a call on 07966 492 575 as soon as possible as we will be putting it on ebay this Friday. The unit has double glazed windows, central heating, kitchen and would serve well as a low cost business unit.
Top 5 Things To Do In Bournemouth - Bonus 5 Free Activities
1. Learn To Windsurf at UK's No1 Spot with the Poole Windsurfing School
When looking for things to do in Bournemouth, holiday makers and locals often forget that they can take windsurfing lessons and learn to windsurf at the UK's No1 spot, Poole Harbour. It is just around the corner from Bournemouth and being the second largest natural harbour in the world, with a designated area for watersports, it really is the UK's No1 Spot to learn to windsurf.
2. Go to the Bournemouth Oceanarium
Through the Lower Gardens and next to the pier is the Oceanarium, this attraction has sea life from all over the world from The Amazon to the Florida Keys. You can walk through the shark tunnel and enjoy seeing the sting rays.
Crystal-clear waters and naturally-themed habitats allow close encounters with a dazzling array of underwater life from elegant seahorses to sinister tropical sharks. Journey below the surface of the worlds greatest rivers; the Amazon, Ganges and the Nile and meet weird and wonderful creatures like the upside-down catfish and the giant pacu.
3. Hire a traditional beach hut
Take to the beach in style by hiring a beach hut and be a part of a great British tradition. You can't get a more traditional thing to do in Bournemouth! Did you know Bournemouth invented the beach hut back in 1908 and still rents out the oldest in the world?
Alternatively you could hire one of the new funky surf reef 'beach pods', based at Boscombe Beach - the ultimate in style.
4. Plan the rest of your trip with a Bournemouth City Sightseeing tour
This extended tour now takes you through Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole in a tour lasting 80 minutes. Bournemouth lies in the heart of Dorset on the South Coast and has seven miles of golden sands and sparkling sea. The vibrant cosmopolitan town has it all - a vast variety of shops, restaurants theatres & shows plus a buzzing night life. It is home to beautiful parks and Bournemouth's Gardens. Take the tour and plan your visit with City Sightseeing Bournemouth which will highlight all the things to do and see during your stay. You can hop on and off at your leisure at the 22 conveniently located stops which are positioned along the route.
Take your pick from Sandbanks Beach in Poole, the beach at Durley Chine, Solent Beach in Christchurch or explore all three with your 24 hour valid ticket! Relax in Poole Park where old and young visitors alike will enjoy the play park, miniature railway and boating lake. Stroll around the shops and museum at Poole Quay or hop off at Sandbanks Peninsula and see the homes of the rich and famous! Spend the evening enjoying a meal or drink in lively Bournemouth town centre or try one of the bars at West Cliff. Poole Quay also offers a range of restaurants and pubs and the Aruba Bar can be found on Bournemouth Pier. There are many things to do and see in and around Bournemouth, so let City Sightseeing highlight all the best attractions and help you to make the most of your stay.
5. Take to the sky with the Bournemouth Balloon
Located in the Lower Gardens, another of Bournemouth's top attractions is the Bournemouth Eye (or now called Bournemouth Balloon). The Bournemouth Balloon is the town's answer to the London Eye. It transports it's passengers up in a balloon where they can see the whole area from the New Forest to the Isle of Wight. This gentle trip is the premier way to see the stunning scenery of Bournemouth and the surrounding areas.
As one of the very unique things to do in Bournemouth this helium-filled balloon is fixed to the ground by a steel cable and a winch system takes the balloon 500 feet up, giving its riders 360 degree panoramic views over the town, its beaches and the surrounding Dorset countryside.
The balloon operates seasonally, from 9 am until late 7 days a week, from Easter until the end of September. However it is weather-dependent and on stormy days doesn't fly.
As an addition or backup to the above we have also compiled a list from our insider local knowledge of the top 5 free things to do in Bournemouth! Incorporate some or all of the following free Bournemouth tourist activities and you can justify one or two of the great paid for experiences, such as windsurfing lessons at the Poole Windsurfing School.
Top 5 Free Things To Do In Bournemouth
1. Do the Pier to Pier Walk
Start at either Bournemouth or Boscombe Pier and finish at the other. Enjoy the scenic stroll along the promenade and treat yourself to coffee and cake at one of the many cafes, restaurants or hotels at either end.
2. Take a stroll through Bournemouth gardens
Bournemouth is famous for its gardens (Grade II listed gardens) which are split into three areas of Victorian beauty - starting with the Lower Gardens, adjacent to the sea and leading to the Central Gardens in the town centre and then the Upper Gardens. The award winning gardens have colourful flower displays and include a stream, ice-cream kiosks and mini golf. In the summer what better way to relax than to listen to the music from the Pine Walk bandstand or visit the aviary or art exhibition? The Bournemouth gardens are like no other as they have a whole wealth of things to keep its visitors interested.
3. Cycle from Bournemouth to Hengistbury Head
If you want to see the famous 7 miles of beaches then taking to 2 wheels is a smart way to get around. Cruise along the promenade towards the famous Sandbanks beaches and if you are feeling adventurous, over the chain ferry and into the Purbecks. Going in the other direction you can cycling out to Hengistbury Head where you can even take a land train to Christchurch Harbour.
4. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Visit one of the most important and fascinating museum-houses in England. It holds collections of international status and reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures. One of the more cultural things to do in Bournemouth, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is just up the road from the beach at Bournemouth pier.
5. Swim in the Sea
Maybe the most 'done' of all Bournemouth tourist attractions is to take a swim in the sea at one of Bournemouth's golden sand beaches. It's free to swim in the ocean and enjoy Bournemouth's beaches.
Enjoy your stay - you certainly won't run out of things to do in Bournemouth!
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