We have been running an after school surf club with Kingsacre Primary school for a number of years now. Every Friday at 4pm the group of eager grommets meet at our base at Saunton and hit the waves under the instruction of our coaches. Aimed at getting local kids into the surf, the sessions teach the foundation skills of surfing and water safety, but more than anything are about having fun in the surf with your peers. There is no better way to finish a week of school than going for a surf with your mates.
On the last weekend of April, Surfing England held the National Surfing Championships in Perranporth Cornwall. Stood on the top step of the Under 16 girls podium as English Champion was Amy Dyer. Amy was one of the first surfers to join the after school surf club when we first started to run the sessions with Kingsacre School. Once Amy left Primary school, her passion for surfing continued, and as a member of Croyde Surf Club, Amy started entering local competitions. She joined former Surf South West coach Damon Beveridge to train with the junior development squads at Surf Development UK and in a short space of time is now a National champion.
We love this story for a number of reasons. Firstly, it shows how important grass root sessions are for finding the next generation of champions. Getting young people active and involved in the sport in a safe and fun environment is the first step on the ladder to excellence. However, our favourite thing is that it demonstrates hard work, commitment, passion, dedication and consistency. Amy is following in the footsteps of a growing line of local female surfers that have gone on to compete at the highest level. Good coaching works, and having a structure to improve surfers at different stages of their development is vital. Thanks to Croyde Surf Club, local junior surfers have many opportunities to compete, be coached, surf and have fun with their friends.
We are proud to be able to support Croyde Surf Club in the development of junior surfing. We have instructors working at the surf school who were once members of our grom and after school surf clubs. With so many great opportunities for junior surfers in the area, we are sure Amy won’t be the last champion to develop from taster sessions. We are excited to continue to help support the development of young surfers and hopefully inspire them to become coaches themselves in the future.