Where to start....
My girlfriend gave me a Living Social voucher for Northside Surf in December as she heard me talking about when I used to surf (use the term very loosely) and thought it would be good for me to have a professional lesson.
From the off I have to say Jon was very accommodating! I called to get booked in and that wasn't an issue, as it happens I was vooked in for 14th June (am) and was going to be travelling about 40 miles. Just as I was about to set off Jon called to advise there were no waves and did I want to move to the afternoon. (Could have let me turn up and taken advantage of the poor breakers to skive but didn't! )
I spoke to Jon again on the afternoon to confirm all was on, indeed it was.
The meeting point is Merco filling station, Amble. I was first there followed by a guy and his daughter then a car of 5 teens/early 20's. Then Jon arrived, typical surfer dude with the laid back attitude and the boards on the van. Jon told us to follow him and I understood why as we wouldn't have found the surf spot otherwise!
When we got there and kitted up, Jon lead us to what he described as 'possibly the best beach on Earth', in honesty, he wasn't far wrong!
After some very simple but sound advice (catering to all ages of the 8 strong group - 10 yr old to late 30's), we were in the water.
I thought it was a case of talking the talk hut then Jon took a board, rode a wave and absolutely rocked it!
We were in the water for about 90 minutes and I was shattered! Quiet beach with great waves, no rocks and belting heat, what more could you want.
Great instructor with 20+ years surfing experience shows. Down to earth and very approachable, a great instructor.
If you haven't surfed before and would like to try, give this guy a call and it will be the best 2 hours of your life on water! If you do surf, try something else - Standup Paddle Boelarding I think could be my next 1.
A great experience and worth the time (if I had paid myself, worth the money too)!
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