I love this time of year, the warmer weather and light-nights means I can get outside more and enjoy the outdoors. There’s nothing I love more than a trip to the seaside. You see, I am a surfer. When I’m not trying to change the world, I’m usually driving around the beautiful north east coast, looking for a good wave to ride.
One of my favourite places to go is Saltburn. I love the way the town has retained its Victorian seaside charm, whilst adapting to a younger generation with its growing number of cool shops, café’s, bars and water sports companies.
As a new surfer seven years ago, I headed to the coast and immediately met a bunch of people who were warm and welcoming. Nick Noble who runs Saltburn Surf School and Hire was really helpful; giving great wave and safety advice. His school and hire shop are open most days. If you are new to surfing and just want to get in the water and try it out, Nick’s should definitely be your first port of call.
For a more personalised introduction to surfing then Richie Mitchel of Flow Surf Shool is the person to contact. Richie loves seeing people enjoy the waves and develop their surf skills. He does group and one to one coaching and is mobile which means there’s good flexibility in his hire and teaching times. He is super friendly too
Saltburn surf community would not be what it is without our veteran and champion surfer Gary Rogers. Gary runs Saltburn Surf Shop by the pier and is a must for those who are serious about surfing. He has excellent advice on boards, wetsuits and surf spots. If you want to get yourself a deal on new or second hand equipment, Gary is your man. He has equipment for beginners to advanced but more than that, both Nick and Gary have stories. They surfed when no one else did, they experimented with ways of staying warm in cold winters before the invention of 6mm wetsuits. They are our heroes and the Saltburn surf community would not be what it is without them and what they pioneered all those years ago.
The newest surf venue in Saltburn is Drift. This super cool surf shop has custom boards by Glen Narry, wetsuits and most importantly, really nice surf wear. What I love about Drift is that super cool Cornish surf shop vibe, the people who work there are great and it is a must for any trip to Saltburn.
Finally, by far the best thing to discover about Saltburn surfing apart from that thrill of catching a wave which genuinely can’t be topped, is the community. When I discovered surfing, I also found a family. We taught each other, pushed each other, became friends, cared for each other through tough times, had get-togethers, fell in (and out of) love, got married, had kids, started businesses. We shared ideas, hopes and dreams. We found what many in our society are looking for, we found community. Community is so precious in our individual society. You may not fancy the cold water sea but maybe there is another way you can get outside and enjoy Teesside, rowing, cycling, rock climbing, fell running. You may find a hobby you love and you may even find like I did, a little bit more.