Cornish surf road trip essentials.
We’ve worked with photographer Tom Young on a number of projects so were stoked when he suggested using some of our gear on a surf trip around his native Cornwall. Here’s his story and images:
Tom Young: They say variety is the spice of life, and Cornwall certainly offers that on the wave-front. The rugged coastline and raw Atlantic swell creates an aquatic playground for those willing enough to brave the challenging conditions throughout the year and venture out onto a surf trip. During the colder months, the ocean really comes alive and those little forgotten bays and mystical reefs start to show signs of potential. Prevailing south-westerly winds blow out exposed setups and force us to think outside the box, patiently studying swell charts and Google Maps for a chance at chasing the hidden treasure.
Each new discovery requires a certain level of commitment, and with the prospect of an adventure on the cards, a little bit of planning too. If you’re fortunate enough to have a jet ski or boat, then exploring the hidden bays and coves can be a breeze. For the majority of us without such luxuries, it’s a case of filling up a car or van with the necessary gear and hitting the road. Excited to find a new discovery or at the very least, leave the daily grind behind for a while.
With every road trip, it’s important to pack the essentials. Whether it’s a 14-hour drive from Thurso, or a day-trip along the coast, being prepared makes it that much more enjoyable. Apart from packing the obvious; surf board, wetsuit, wax etc, a little bit more prep can go a long way, especially if you’re planning on staying overnight. Cornwall is incredibly beautiful, so it’s worth embracing the journey and exploring for a little while, if time permits.
Thinking outside the box is crucial when filling your car with gear. Afterall, there’s always the possibility of getting skunked, and the charts not living up to their promised 5-star rating. Not expecting too much, is something that every Cornish surfer has come to terms with over time. Our fickle coastline can tease and test even the most experienced, and the ever changing weather patterns make it impossible to rely on a plan. Preparing for every eventuality takes the pressure off and can also give you the opportunity to get back to basics with nature. There’s nothing more therapeutic than switching the phone off, setting up camp and making a fire.
What are you waiting for? Get out and explore!