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Surf Coach/Lifeguard courses and Updates available!

With the return to some sort of normality we are please to anounce we have dates for our Lifeguard courses for 2022: March 10th – 12th & 24th – 26th April 7 – 9th & 28th – 30th We are running a full beach lifeguard, Surf Coach award and proficancies for both courses. Email: nick@nickthorn.com

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Covid 19 and 2021

I hope all our customers are well and many thanks for all you suport over the pass few years. Nick Thorn Surf Coaching has undergone a number of changes. We are set up at Putsborough with brand new kit and looking forward to welcoming all our customers back. We are opening the surf school from […]

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Lundy Swim 2009

September 09/09/2019 Nick undertook one of the biggest challenges of his life yet! I grew up striving to be a professional athlete, competing at a high level  in swimming and surf life saving for many years. After retiring I wasn’t yet ready to pick up my pipe and slippers and so invented some challenges. Ive […]

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My little nippers!

The results are in and the wait is over. Woolacombe Nippers won the National Surf Life Saving Championships in Cardiff last weekend. Since running my own surf lifesaving skills clubs for kids for over 20 years now, this year has to be one of the most succsessfull of all my years! We had Zaiph, the […]

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Lifeguard courses in Morocco

Well that was another successful trip to Morocco running Lifeguard taining and a Level 1 surf instructor Gappie course. I have been running these courses with Surf Berbere for over 8 years now. The course has gone from strength to strength. The first few years we only had a few people on the course. Now […]

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Woolacombe winter wonder land!

When you live in Woolacombe all you hear about is how much snow everyone else is getting. This winter has seen a whole range of weather conditions. It was baking in the early summer months  of 2017 and then back in July the Northerly’s set in and brought autumn in early. I thought we might […]

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North Devon- the perfect setting for a family surf trip

Where to surf and where to stay You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the right place to surf in North Devon. Putsborough and Woolacombe are first-rate beaches to enjoy surfing at beginner or advanced levels. They both have a relaxed vibe and family-friendly waves. The three-mile long stretch of golden sand […]

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Why are Sunset surfs so good?

Living in Devon can be such a magical place and the sunsets are some of the best in the Surfers World. Surf instructors often get asked when do you get to surf?  You can surf early in the morning or in the evenings. The ownly downside to being a surf instructor is the time you […]

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Why having the right kit is important

With the winter in full swing having the right kit is so important. I have been with Snugg wetsuits for over 20 years now. This in built 5’4’3 with attached hood is one of the best suits on the market. When you get out and still have dry hair you know the wetsuit is doing […]

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Life is full of suprises.

This picture was taken when I was 17 years of age the day after I had had a car crash, written off my car and ended up in hospital. Luckily I still managed to compete the next day and I even won a few events! It turns out that life is full of suprises and […]

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