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Welcome to our Spring Newsletter
What a great winter we have had and an awesome start to the spring with balmy temperatures and pumping surf down here in Cornwall. A slight blip at the moment but its lining up to be a cracking season. In the school we are fully equipped with the new North Neos, which are awesome freeride kites, super stable and this makes them work really well in the waves too. We also have on demo most of the range of 2012 North surfboards. We have new stock of wetsuits from West to keep all our customers nice and warm with winter suits while its cold and summer suits when it warms up. Lee has just become a BKSA Race and Wave coach and will be travelling around the UK this year running clinics in both disciplines as well as clinics here in Cornwall. If you would like a clinic in your area, please get in touch. Happy riding and we hope to see you soon!
Blake joins the Team
We are pleased to welcome Blake Evans onto the team as a Kitesurf Instructor to work alongside Lee and run lessons when Lee is away at comps. For more info on Blake, check out the About Us section on the website.
Back in February, Lee ran a Freeide & Wave coaching holiday to Dakhla, Morocco in conjunction with the world leaders in Kite & Windsurf Holidays- Sportif. An amazing time was had by all with a full week of wind and 3 days of awesome waves. See the full write up and video on the website. Next up we have an exciting Wave and Freeride Holiday on the paradise island of Mauritius 31st August - 10th September. In conjunction with Sportif and Club Mistral, we will be riding in the amazing spot of Le Mourne home of the KSP One Eye Pro. 6 days of coaching in the flat water lagoon and the perfect waves of Manawa on the upwind side of the reef pass. The final 3 days of your trip will be left for you to practise your new found skills or you can simply relax in paradise and watch the Worlds best compete in the KSP event out at One Eye. Alongside myself we will also be joined by 2011 One Eye Pro winner Ninja Bichler to give you the best wave coaching available in the best location I have ever been to. For full details check the website http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/holidays.html or www.sportif.travel. Book up quick to avoid missing out as limited space! Coming up this winter, we will be running a wave coaching weeks in Cape Town in early Jan and going back to Dakhla again for a week of freeride and waves in February. Stay tuned for more info soon.
KSP World Championship Wave Tour
Lee will be competing on the KSP Tour again this year looking to move up the rankings after finishing 10th in 2011. The first event on this years tour is in Guincho, Portugal in June. Next is Mauritius in September just after our coaching holiday enabling you to watch the start of the event and meet the worlds best kitesurfers. In October we go to the West Coast of Ireland and the final round is in Maui, Hawaii in early December. For full details and to watch all the events live, tune in to the website www.kspworldtour.com. Lee is looking for sponsors to help with travel costs on this years tour. If you can help out or know someone who may be able to? please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwithian & Marazion Clinics
Our next wave clinic is set for the Sat 28th of April at Gwithian. Space filling fast due to the last one being cancelled due to poor wind. Only �60pp We are also looking at running an Intermediate clinic in West Cornwall in May. We will be looking at improving your level and giving you plenty to work on for the summer such as Jumps, loops, Toeside, carves, etc. Stay tuned to the website for more details.
Lee's longtime sponsor Resin8 have set up a new custom board factory in Bude, North Cornwall. Lee has been working with shaper Carl Welton on lay ups and shapes to give you the best feeling boards to kite as well as surf. As each board is custom made you can get the exact right board for you weight and the conditions you ride in. Boards can come with or without footstrap inserts, extra glass, Inlayz which add strength and reduse weight, 3 or 5 fins and all boards come with the strongest fin boxes- Fusion from FCS. These boards are made for performance riding both with a kite and paddle surfing meaning you only have to take 1 board to the beach or on a trip! They are not designed for jumping and as such come with no warranty. Look out for the new website coming soon www.resin8surfboards.com. If you want a board to purely kite and jump, then we recommend the 2012 North surfboards which are the best feeling production boards out there.
Kitesurf Course Racing
The big news is that Course Racing is going Olympic! After a very successful trails event in Santander recently, ISAF have announced that Kitesurfing will definately be in 2020 and they are looking to get an extra medal to include it alongside windsurfing in Rio 2016. Lee recently ran a talk at Penzance Sailing club, which had lots of interest from the dinghy sailors and hopefully we will be racing at the club soon. If you would like a talk on Kite Racing at your club or simply want to give it a try then, please get in touch. We are also looking for suitable venues or sailing clubs to run Kite racing in 2012 and beyond. Lee has a 2011 North race ltd 69, tri fin production board for sale at a great price.
Wild Swimming in North Wales - the latest from the Gone Swimming team
Where has the start of this year gone? It didn't seem to be two weeks ago that we were swimming down the Dee - yet it was just after New Year! The water has definitely warmed up since then, and we have definitely noticed an increase in inquiries now the thermometers are moving upwards.
Our rubbish swimming campaign has got off to a great start, with some good coverage in the local press, and we have since built on that with a Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean day up at Hells Mouth near Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula.
We are looking forward to the May Day bank holiday and our first Wet Weekend of 2012. There is still availability on the weekends, and with our new online booking system - there is no excuse to hang about, get yourself booked on! Plans are well under way for the Pleasure of Adventure holidays once we have sorted ourselves out after the Olympic & Paralympic Games (no, we aren't competing - we're volunteering).
Recently for us, well on Easter Saturday, Mike & Dan are getting together to swim down the River Dyfi. We've got a few training days and update days with the Royal Lifesaving Society which we are looking forward to, and we are heading down to the RoSPA Water Safety Seminar in a couple of weeks too. You see, we really mean it when we say we take your safety seriously.
If you want to come and see us and have a chat at the H2Open Day in Reading, you can win tickets here.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the newsletter,
Dan & Gabs.
Special Offer - Date for your diaries
We are doing something very interesting on the 28th of April, as well as being down at the H2Open Day. It is top secret, and for a very limited time, keep your eyes peeled. In the mean time, please pass this newsletter on to friends who might be interested.
Eating before swimming
The American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council have looked at the the correlation between eating and accidents when swimming in both adults and children. They investigated whether swimming one hour after eating is safe or not. They concluded that there is no evidence on the association between eating and swimming as well as drowning. Just an old wives tale then, however we do think that it makes a big difference to the comfort of the swimmer. A full roast dinner before a 5km swim.... no thanks. Keep it warm, and we'll have two roast dinners afterwards!
We have submitted our replied to the two consultations being run by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Snowdonia National Park Authority. The CCW have released a Wild Swimming code which we have helped to develop, and they are now looking for public feedback. We think it is great that swimmers are recognised as one of the major groups of water users along side paddlers and anglers. The Snowdonia NPA have released their Recreational Strategy for the next five years, which neglected to mention any swimming at all! We hope to put that right soon.
Coaching & Workshops
We started as a holiday company, but after several requests we now offer personalised open water swimming coaching sessions from a two hours to a whole day - whatever you need, contact us for more information. We have also developed a variety of one-day skills workshops looking at the specifics of swim safety, surf swimming, and river swimming. These can be run on-demand at many locations.
Easter Egg Hunt for H4H - Help For Heroes
Pure Adventure are holding an Easter Egg Hunt to raise funds for the charity Help for Heroes on Easter Sunday 8th April 2012.
Everyone is welcome to come along and search for the hidden chocolate eggs and take part in the Big Egg and Spoon Race, Space Hopper relay fun and Zorbing along the beach.
Surf's Up! Polzeath
Surf's Up! - Polzeath last minute availability
Straight into the meat as it's far too nice to be sitting inside - we've got availability at the Beach House (sleeps ten right on the beach) from Sunday 8th April - 7 nights, 5 nights or 2 nights available. Special lesson / hire deals. Give us a shout for best prices. If it's anything like today, coming down will be good for your soul!
Thought it best to tickle in this surf forecast for Polzeath over the next few days! If you're coming down this way - looks like a head / chest high swell with offshore breezes!! Absolute cracker! Perfect for all abilities! I can hear you salivating.
New stock for shop just in - lots of goodies in the boxes (must unpack!), new hoodies.
We're open everyday from now until the end of October - lessons at 10am and 2pm (07760 126225) - hire available from early in the morning 'til late.
Belfast Sea Safari
World's Biggest Light Show and MTV come to Belfast - Sea Safari Trips Spectacular!
EXCITING TRIPS AVAILABLE OVER EASTER!
Cruise ships, Light shows, Guinness Book of Records attempt - and MORE!
Largest Light show in the WORLD!
The Belfast Sea Safari is excited to offer the chance to watch this 'Guinness Book of Records' attempt at the LARGEST lightshow in the world, whilst enjoying champagne and nibbles from our boat on the waters of Belfast Harbour! The 2 hour trip this Saturday 7th April will include the Titanic Adventure Tour and sets off at 8pm, for �42.50 per person. LAST 6 TICKETS AVAILABLE - Call 028 437 23933 or email email@example.com for more information.
We have lots of exciting trips planned over the Easter period and will be running every day from the Odyssey Marina.
Titanic Adventure Tour and Cruise Ship COMBO - (get up-close to the Balmoral Cruise Ship visiting just for today!)
Trips departing hourly from Odyssey Marina
Trips departing hourly from Odyssey Marina
LIGHTSHOW SPECIAL 8PM!
Trips departing hourly from Odyssey Marina
Trips departing hourly from Odyssey Marina
Trips departing hourly from Odyssey Marina
MTV Titanic Sounds boat tour
Remember that anyone who enjoys one of our Titanic Adventure Tours will be entitled to 10% off our other exciting tours and activities! Visit our websites for more information on the Clearsky Adventure Centre or the Strangford Sea Safari, or contact us on 028 437 23933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Like' us on facebook to stay up to date with competitions and special offers!
Coming up - Special MTV Titanic Sounds trips and Cruise Ship COMBOS!
MTV Titanic Sounds Boat Trips - 13th April - Only �32.50!
2 hour voyage including champagne, nibbles and the best seats in the house!
6.30pm - Limited seats available
8.30pm - Limited seats available
Titanic Adventure Tour and Cruise Ship COMBO!
14th April - Marco Polo and Saga Pearl II
15th April - Saga Pearl II
Visit our website for more details and dates or contact us on 028 437 23933 or email@example.com.
FUN Titanic sightseeing speedboat tours - NEW! FREE ticket giveaway!
Launching on 31st March...
The Belfast Sea Safari is proud to announce the opening of our new Titanic sightseeing speedboat tours, alongside the opening of the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre.
To celebrate the launch we have decided to give away FREE tickets to YOU! All you have to do is 'like' our Facebook page and answer the competition question - we will pick the winners at random next week. Anyone who shares the link will get an EXTRA entry!
Fantastic range of boat tours available - Family Friendly!
We have some spectacular trips lined up over Easter, with the Fireworks and Lightshow Extravaganza tour, the MTV open air concert tour, and the Titanic Adventure and Cruise ship Combo! And best of all, everyone from 3 years old can enjoy them! Visit our website for more details and dates.
Help Save Top UK Wave Spot - Broad Bench Kimmeridge
One of the best surf/windsurf spots on the south coast is in need of your support. At Kimmeridge, the wave known as Broad Bench, is situated just within a Ministry of Defence firing range's restricted outer limits! Campaigners, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) & Access Broad Bench Association (ABBA) believe there is a compromise that will allow full public access to Broad Bench whilst maintaining full use of the site for military exercises.
They need your support to help increase sustainable, public access to the waves at Broad Bench, Kimmeridge, Dorset. If you want to help Please sign the petition and share it with as many friends as you can.
There aim is to reach reach 1,000 signatures.
Surfers Against Sewage is calling on the Ministry of Defence to review the current situation at the AFV Gunnery School, Lulworth Camp, Dorset where existing restrictions severely limit public access to one of the UK's best recreational waves.
The Ministry of Defence has refused to meet with SAS to discuss improving public access to the area despite the latest requests to do so.
The wave, known as Broad Bench, is situated just within the firing range's restricted outer limits. SAS believes there is a compromise that will allow full public access to Broad Bench whilst maintaining full use of the site for military exercises.
The unique coastal morphology and environment create surfing waves which are a jewel in the crown of British surfing, providing significant social, sporting, cultural and economic benefits for the local and wider communities. SAS are also fully supporting Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) proposed for the area as these aim to restrict exploitation such as development, drilling, fishing and mining extraction rather than exclude sustainable public access. These MCZ's will help prevent irreversible change occurring to our precious coastline.
Top Windsurfing Tips & Latest News - 13/04/2012
Sarah-Quita Offringa - World Freestyle Windsurfing Champion
Dominating the women's freestyle windsurfing scene for some years, Sarah-Quita Offringa has the skills to pay the bills! In this video we get an insight into what has made her such a force on the PWA Tour and see her in action, training at her home ground of Aruba. Sponsored by Starboard, Gaastra and Mystic Sarah is the current PWA Womens Freestyle Champion and looks set to stay that way for some time!
Introducing Poole Windsurfing School
The product of 15 years teaching experience. Dedicated solely to providing windsurfing lessons & windsurf hire in Poole Harbour, known as the UK's top location to learn & progress. Instruction is provided for all levels using the latest equipment and at competitive prices.
Introducing Windsurfing Lessons
Whether you are a complete beginner looking to learn to windsurf for the first time or an intermediate / advanced windsurfer who wants help with anything from beach starts, through harness & footstraps to that elusive planing carve gybe, Poole Windsurfing can make it happen for you!
Introducing Windsurf Hire
The Poole Windsurfing hire fleet consists of the latest windsurf equipment to give you the best experience for learning & progressing! A range of boards & sails covering beginners through to those aspiring to carve gybes.
Poole Windsurfing School - 2012 Opening Day
The 1st May will be the official opening day of the 2012 windsurfing season at the Poole Windsurfing school.
For the coming season Poole Windsurfing will have brand new 2012 windsurfing equipment from Goya, RRD, Amex & Billabong. Those booking early for windsurfing lessons & windsurf hire will be the first to take out all the new kit!
During the coming season all types of windsurfing courses will be running, from beginner and intermediate windsurfing lessons through to advanced courses and private windsurf tuition. Also, Poole Windsurfing offers a great windsurf hire scheme where you can pay by the hour or take advantage of a discounted 10 hour hire card that you use during the course of the summer season.
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Adam Lewis - A New PWA Wave Champion in the making?
A new wave icon in the making, has UK windsurfer Adam Lewis got what it takes to become a PWA World Champion?
He's training hard in the Canary Islands, where many of the coming competitions will be held. Whilst putting in the hours training, he is also working closely with his windsurf sail sponsor, Point 7 Sails, developing their range of wave sails.
Adam is known for his BIG backloops (just watch the video below!), full power wave riding and no holds barred sailing.
Adam Lewis - 'You can't beat the feeling of heading out on the water with just a few of your mates. Im sure every windsurfer has had that feeling watching everyone trying to out do each other on every run, hooting and whooping when you see your mate pull off something cool. This winter has been fantastic in Tenerife it's been so windy, it's easy to get a little lazy about going sailing but this day definitely wasn't one of them. The wind was really fluky all day and a lot of people had given up and gone home. I just had a feeling that this was one of those days you just have to wait and eventually it will turn good! Sure enough at around 5.30 the you could see a wind line just up by the harbour wall but nothing in the bay. The waves looked awesome and the funky wind line was whipping the tops off them. We had to swim about 200m just to be able to water start but as I got upwind on my first wave I knew all the waiting and swimming was worth it, the tide was really low so the wave was pretty hollow, the first hit totally caught me off guard I only meant to do a turn but as the lip threw over I got sent up into the air and looked down to see my mate just grinning at me. The whole session was like that just taking turns on the waves without a care in the world. Epic!!'
Adam Lewis has hit the world stage of windsurfing and has his eyes set on conquering the world title!
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