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A change in my life


What a few years it has been!

After giving up the surf school on Woolacombe beach I have had many changes in my life. With lots of ups and a few downs, but it has been one of the best desisions of my life.

After training and working hard to gain both a Master surf coach (level 4) and teachers qualifcation, it didnt feel right selling body boards and wetsuits to pay the rent and having the stress of paying the monthly rent for the shop. I knew it was time to leave.  I also felt held back from offereing other activities such as Stand Up Paddle boarding from Woolacombe beach due to local politics which made the progression of the business feel limited.

Last year 2015 was the biggest year for change as I started to run my surf school from Putsborough (the south end of Woolacombe Bay). It turned out amazingly well as it is a much more beautiful, sheltered and quieter end of the beach and ideal for SUP and surf lessons.

Coasteering is still being run from Hele Bay and Baggy Point (Croyde).

Obviously I had much more organising of vehicles  and kit every day. Storage issues were challenging, but we pushed through and Im hoping most people are still happy with the tuition!

Being able to offer other activities such as SUPing and being more flexible was a freedom in disguise.

I now teach daily and run a surf skills squad enabling youngsters to be confident in the water and progress their life saving and board skills.

I also run a company called Surfers World which offers, surfing, coasteering and stand up paddle boarding within the UK.  We also offer over seas trips for surfers wanting to progress their surfing and escape the winter, lifeguard and surf instructor training both here and in the UK and Morocco.

Thanks for the support and Photo taken by: Submariner.cc 

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Mum, Dad, sister and my lovely wife.


11 Responses so far.

  1. Fiona Jones says:

    Wishing you all the best with your new venture,
    Gwen really enjoyed her surfing lessons & coasteering experience a few years ago.
    Fiona & Gwen, Cardiff

  2. Changes are tough but often rewarding especially when one searches for freedom. I am looking forward to take more surfing lessons from you when I visit UK. Nelly

  3. Clive says:

    My kids loved your surfing lessons this summer. Putsborough is special! Have a great Xmas and we will be back in the New Year!!

  4. Neil harris says:

    Neil and jamie wish you all the best. Its been 10yrs since you taught jamie how to surf. And now nearly 18 he still loves it as much.
    Thanks nick

  5. Jamie harris says:

    We wish you all the best. You taught jamie to surf over 8 yrs ago and now nearly 18 still surfing.
    Many thanks.
    Neil& Jamie

    • Nick Thorn says:

      Hi Neil & Jamie,
      Hope you are well and I bet Jamie is eating you out of house and home.
      All the best for Christmas and have a wicked New Year.

  6. Dave Butterton says:

    Nice one Thorndog! See you out back…

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