Earlier this month we got momentarily bored so we set up a sticker competition, where we shipped out over 100 stickers around the UK and Europe for you guys to stick them somewhere creative and fun, and to photograph your efforts.
Well we have a winner 🥇👌🏼
Well done to @reece hooping for his masterpiece captioned ‘Filling in the cracks’ You’ve just won yourself a £50 Smart Surf Gift voucher and Smart Surf School Crew jumper 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Currently being sent to your door !
Thank you Reece and everyone who sent us you shots. It was good fun !
2nd and 3rd place are being judged now and revealed later today for your SSS crew jumper prizes 🤙🏼🤙🏼
To wrap up the year in a word, we would simply have to say ‘busy’
The whole Smart Surf team have all had their hands full this summer but it all worked out for the best. Seb has been on several big trips with his sponsor VANS and one trip in particular saw him on a massive pull out poster inside one of the big UK surf magazines. We must say a special thank you to Steve England from Carve Surfing Magazine for all his help.
Seb’s backhand swoop featured on a pullout poster in Carve Surfing Magazine
Senior coach Sam has re joined the UKPSA (UK pro surf tour) and has been competing all over the UK throughout the year. He eventually finished 8th overall in the UK and is looking to make the top 5 next year. It’s tough to find time to surf yourself when you are coaching 2 or 3 lessons a day !
Sam competing at the wave pool (Surf Snowdonia) North Wales
In between getting in the sea as much as she can, Hollie has been combining her surf coaching with being a Mum (to our 1 year old, Ru) and running her air BnB all at the same time !
Hollie’s wholesome smiles
Our season is short and intense and running a family business is tough but very rewarding.
Come winter, we can now look for ways to make summers better for all of us (including our customers)
Moving forward, we are in discussions about smaller groups, longer lessons and are in the process of ordering some new equipment.
Warm water and small waves allowed us to get our baby daughter, Ru, surfing before she could walk.
What a fantastic summer it was here at Sennen !
Winters are great too, in a different way.
Watching the waves smash against the cliffs during storms. The epic colours of the sky and the ocean with contrasting weather conditions. Those sunny crisp days where the Atlantic air is as fresh as can be. Empty beaches and pumping surf.
A few of our September students have been asking of the whereabouts of our Master Sebastian Smart.
Seb’s been a busy boy, with a short Surf trip to the highlands of Scotland with Style boarder, Mikey Lay and the Wavelength Magazine crew for an up coming article for the mag.
Then on the way home, Seb stopped of at Bristol to meet up with his sponsor – the VANS Europe Surf team to take on the mighty River Severn Bore ‘Tidal Wave’
For those of you that don’t know:
“The Severn bore is a tidal bore seen on the tidal reaches of the River Severn in south western England. It is formed when the rising tide moves into the funnel-shaped Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary and the surging water forces its way upstream in a series of waves, as far as Gloucester and beyond ”
Seb rode a wave for over a mile long !
Here’s what Seb had to say about the unreal experience
“It was a pretty amazing experience. Not only riding the tidal wave but the people you meet along the way. Its a rare and dangerous thing surfing that bore, so there’s not much time to be pretentious. Its all so pure and exciting”