“Don’t be a kook, just get a lesson” – Emily Grimes, Surfing England Coach Member
We recently caught up with Emily Grimes, a surfer, Surfing England Coach member and maths teacher based up in Northumberland. We asked her about how she got into surfing herself…
“I did the thing I now try to educate others not to do.
With no knowledge of the ocean I bought myself a board and a wetsuit, half listened and less-than-half understood advice. Never had a lesson. Went to the beach every weekend. Got in no matter what.
It is genuinely a wonder that I never injured myself or someone else. My bullishness in my desire to surf not only undermined my own safety, but seriously stunted my progression. I was rubbish, for absolutely ages, and it’s taken a long time and a lot of retrospective training to undo my bad habits.
It wasn’t until I started teaching people that I realised the benefits of getting a surf lesson, a ground breaking revelation for sure! Regularly my students are mastering in 1 lesson what took me 6 months and doing so in a much safer environment. Even as an experienced surfer, the benefits of tuition from an [ISA] level 2 coach are huge.
With hindsight, this is my one piece of advice: don’t be a kook, just get a lesson.” – Emily Grimes
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