Roam + .: Yoga, surfing and an environmental education discussion with Surfers Against Sewage

ROAM + .: 

We don’t like to be governed by the seasons. We want to live this lifestyle year round. Winter brings roaring swells, it lights up quiet corners of the bay, it keeps us connected with our friends, our guests and most importantly, our community. And with the ever improving technology in the neoprene world, there’s definitely a lot less pain going for a surf in January than there was, say 5 or 10 years ago. 

With a solid run of surf forecasted, light offshore winds and sea temperatures still hovering around the 10 degree mark, we invited some fine folk that were keen to get amongst the elements and explore what Roam + .: is up to for 2017. 

Basing ourselves in the sleepy village of Gwithian, embedded at the North end of the stunning St Ives Bay, we spent the day exploring the connections of yoga, mindfulness and surfing, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of how we as coastal recreational enthusiasts interact with this precious environment that gives us so much pleasure.   

Starting with Jake of Yoga-Meditation, an ex-professional surfer turned yoga and mindfulness teacher, we learnt a series of asana’s that are deeply beneficial to the basic surfing movements. Jake has produced a pdf guide for this, which we will be using at future events.  

A highlight of the day was our first guest speaker, Dom Ferris of leading UK Surf-Enviro charity Surfers Against Sewage, who discussed three key themes that Roam + .: will be exploring throughout 2017, People, Place and Planet. Dom offered some great insights to the work that SAS are doing, from mobilising over 19,000 volunteers in 2016, to teaming up with Ecover, and their future plans for engaging with inner city communities and schools to reach beyond the usual comfort zone of coastal towns.

We recorded the talk and will be continuing to do this with future guests. Check the link below to listen ...

The surf was well and truly co-operating with enough swell to light up the southern end of St Ives Bay, so a swift wholesome breakfast (thanks Jill) and hit of coffee and we found ourselves scoring perfect head high waves on our own peak. A great way to fuse all elements of the morning together and put physical and mental teachings to practice. 

Many thanks to Dom for offering a really personal account of what People, Place and Planet mean to him, Jill for being an amazing breakfast host, and all of our guests for their willingness to listen, learn and take on the January temperatures to prove this is not just a bit of summer fun. 

Lookout for future Roam + .: events…