Surely you can’t take your kids to Pembrokeshire without trying Surfing…??
They say that Surfing was invented by the Polynesians at least 4000 years ago. Going onto become a popular sport for all ages… including kids!!! Perhaps the water might be a little warmer in Polynesia, but surely there can’t be too many better places to learn to surf than on the vast Pembrokeshire beach of Newgale.
Teaching kids how to surf is apparently sometimes tricky. Since all kids react differently but nurturing a young love affair with surfing starts with patience, patience, patience. And we loved the relaxed atmosphere on this beach with plenty of fellow surfers there enjoying the waves too… it just seemed the perfect chance to keep working on the technical hints passed on by the enthusiastic Tommy.
After 2hrs of riding a few waves before returning to the beach for technical input, the practice sessions on the beach were starting to pay dividends… Tommy’s advice to refine the ‘pop-up’ method was working for Libby, but Lottie & Catherine were soon onto their knees and then up onto their feet (if briefly) (it’s useful to know that too much time on your knees is counter productive, something that helped us move onto those unsteady first few ‘true surfing’ forays..)
After 3hrs, we’d made enough progress for Libby to request an early Christmas present (a surfboard), whilst Lottie was pretty keen to get one of those ‘warm wetsuits!!! So perhaps the surfing seed has been planted!!! With a summer ahead of us, and a chance to get back to the Atlantic Coast of France…. hopefully we’ll get a few more chances!
To reserve places on a half-day surfing session with Preseli Venture call 01348 837709
www.preseliventure.co.uk or perhaps add a climbing session with Climb Pembroke contact Henry Castle on 07732 972 643, or www.climbpembroke.com
For details of other things to see and do in Pembrokeshire see www.visitpembrokeshire.com