Surfing with Gordon

182We’re down visiting my brother in law and his girlfriend who’ve recently moved to the small village of Porthtowan, midway between St Ives and Newquay on the north Cornwall coast. We were due a surfing lesson but Hurricane Gordon, although out in the mid-Atlantic, was still making 12ft waves here. This didn’t deter Ian though (perhaps due to an earlier blow to the head from a surfboard?!) and after investigating various beaches up the coast as far as Holywell Bay he settled on St Agnes. (Note that the black blob on the beach in the photo is a prone surfer not a seal! The black blobs in the sky are a result of me not cleaning dust off the camera sensor!)

185Christine and I walked back over the cliffs to Porthtowan via the remains of the Wheal Coates tin mine. The strong offshore breeze made for good exercise and, as we past through the National Trust beach at Chapel Porth, the red flags had started to go up. The day was rounded off nicely with a few drinks in the blue beach bar whilst watching the sun set.

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