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Space for surfing enthusiasts in Cornwall

Posted by Sue Steward on
Space for surfing enthusiasts in Cornwall

A discontinued surfboard factory in Cornwall has been renovated into a surfboard shop and also a coffee. The couple Emily and Mark Anderson are the ones who brought the idea and create this creative change.

The shop, called Open, is located in the village of Saint Agnes, in southwestern Cornwall province, England. It is located 100m north of the Cornish Sea. This space used to be the ideal place for the surfboard factory to operate for 25 years, but has stopped working in recent years.

For Emily, she is very interested in the field of furniture and architecture. The idea of ​​restoring an old place, attached to the locals so far, has always urged her in recent years. Therefore, Mark decided to choose a surfboard factory to fulfill her wishes.

With an area of ​​about 50 m2, this location has been changed into an open space that is both a coffee shop, a rest area and a surfboard. They redecorated the broken walls, dismantled the ceiling to expand the area and restored this space in its original form. The impressive and attractive high walls also serve as the backdrop to display the surfboard collection.

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The bartender is made of plywood and the top is covered with white pine resin, which is also the main raw material used to coat surfboard surfaces. All materials are carefully selected by Emily and Mark, ensuring they are natural, neutral and consistent with the theme of the ocean.

It is not only provides space for relaxation, entertainment or to buy and rent surfboards. Open is also the venue for seminars for customers so that they can make their own unique boards.

Although this factory still has many unfinished stages, they are planning to repair and expand it further. This will be the place where artisans come to work. Enthusiasts come to learn as well as facilitate visitors to learn more about the production of surfboards.

Conventional factories operate with fast and busy working frequency so it is difficult for others to visit and learn. It is for this reason that the Emily couple created Open-an ideal space to maintain the profession and encourage people to learn and try it.

Surfing Equipment

Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

Posted by Sue Steward on
Surfing Equipment List for Beginners (part 1)

Besides learning the basics of surfing, beginner surfers also need to get their own surf gear. You can opt to rent these items, but if you are planning to take up surfing as a regular hobby, you should invest in your own equipment.

As a beginner, you only really need a few items such as surfboard. However, when you progress into a more advanced surfer, you will need some other gadgets and protective items which will help you surf more comfortably for extended periods of time in varying water temperatures. There is a list of surfing equipment that you will need to have before starting hitting those tasty waves.


The most important equipment you need is the surfboard that you will ride waves with. However, it is a little challenging to shop for because there are some different types of surfboards for different wave conditions and experience levels.

The best way is to head to your local surf shop or the nearest one to your surf camp and ask about the right type for you. Don’t forget to include surf fins because they will further improve the performance of your board. You can have more than one installed at the same time. Try different fin configurations to find the one which gives you your desired level of drive and stability.

Note: If you’re just beginning to learn to surf, consider the 2+1 (one main fin and two side fins) configuration in order to achieve optimum stability.

In addition, remember to get a surfboard bag to wrap and protect your board when you’re not using it.

Surf Wax/Traction Pad

If you have never surfed, you may not know about the surf wax, which helps surfers maintain a good grip on their surfboard while riding waves. The surf wax has jagged edges to create textured grooves, helping ensure good traction. It is rubbed on a dry board before each session and can be removed with a wax comb.

Instead of surf wax, traction pad is a good alternative. However, traction pad is commonly more expensive than surf wax.