Boardskillz Private Paddle Surfing Tuition at Bamburgh

Boardskillz Private Paddle Surfing Tuition at Bamburgh

Joe has known Neil for a number of years having taught him to windsurf and supplied him with paddle boards from Joe’s own brand Loco more recently, so it was no surprise Neil came to Joe to sharpen up his paddle surfing skills ahead of the ISA World Championships in Fiji he’d qualified for as part of the Scottish team. Neil lives in Berwick so it was decided Joe would meet him half way at Bamburgh, around a suitable forecast, to start working on a few more dynamic moves. As an already accomplished surfer, Neil was mainly looking to improve his use of the paddle as this is what scores you points in competitive paddle surfing as well as working on foot placement to get the board turning more aggressively.

The waves weren’t quite as advertised on Magic Seaweed which is often the case on the East Coast but there was enough there to teach and the sun was out so you can’t ask for much more really. Having Bamburgh Castle as a backdrop certainly makes for a magical experience and with every possibility of seeing dolphins and seals there really is nowhere else as good to paddlesurf.

After some land-based coaching and visualisation work we both headed out back and waited for the next set. Neil comes from a crossfit background so can certainly hold his own on wave count with the fittest paddlers out there so Joe decided to ditch his board and observe from the inside. It was clear that foot placement and paddle technique were going to be the real game changers for Neil so it was back to the beach for some reinforcement. Joe also suggested he tried another shorter shape to try and force the issue with more radical turning.

That said everyone loves a bit of old school cross-stepping so it wasn’t long before he was back on his Loco Inca Nose Rider and styling it out toes to the nose style. In fairness the waves were getting slacker so any ideas of full speed roundhouse cutbacks were soon put to bed much as Neil was keen to try some. That said some solid progress was made and I’m informed after a bit more practice Neil is now using the paddle to better effect and has nailed his first proper roundhouse so we couldn’t be happier. Here’s wishing him well for the Worlds!

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