Jessie Tuckman, our surf correspondent, UK ambassador, and general surf inspiration has sent us some updates on the winter swells in her part of the world:
“The winter swells have started pumping waves in the UK. In fact, yesterday the big wave spot “the Cribbar” was breaking around 20ft and local big wave surfers have been charging it. We got some hurricane swell over and not only does it make the waves bigger but even the smaller days are more powerful. This is a welcome change from the weaker summer swells.
The water is feeling colder, but I’m kitted up with boots, gloves, and a hood. You don’t really need to wear it all just yet but when the wind comes from the North I will be prepared. There are a lot of women in the town who seem determined to keep surfing all winter and I’m stoked about that. I recently sent Surfgirl a guide to keeping surfing through the winter. So hopefully that will help keep people warm and motivated.
I work in the morning at The Stable on Fistral beach. It’s a pizza and cider restaurant. Conveniently (but its not a coincidence) it is at my favourite surf spot, and it’s really cool going there in the morning when its still pitch black night. I get to see the sunrise and the first sight of the waves every morning. I love the warmth and excitement of the summer in a tourist town, but it is also amazing now to experience the quietness and anticipate the cold water adventures to come. “
Jessie Tuckman is a UK professional surfer, and she was recently selected as the team manager for the for the English Surf Team at the European Surfing Championships in Morocco. We love her.