Reflecting on my first year volunteering with The Wave Project

Guest blog by Issy – South Devon Volunteer 

After graduating from university in Exeter I decided to break the mould and not make the move to London (controversial I know!). The idea of living hours away from the surf wasn’t worth the big city lure. I started working as a trainee solicitor at Ashfords LLP in September 2017 and was determined to embrace the South West lifestyle, swapping late nights in the office with after work surfs and swims.

I found out about The Wave Project through a friend and decided to get involved in the South Devon Project. After my first session I was hooked. I get to spend my weekends in the water surfing with some incredible kids; I mean what could be better? Sharing my love of the ocean with others and seeing them fall in love with it too is something very special.

2018 holds some amazing memories – to name just a few:

  • Surfing with an incredible young girl who shared my embarrassing love of Aquamarine (for those of you who don’t know what that is – it’s a mermaid movie) and my obsession with collecting seashells. She also made me a mermaid cake for my birthday – the dream;
  • Mastering the tandem surf;
  • Volunteering at the Summer Surf Challenge at Watergate on a sunny July weekend and getting to see the cerebra adaptive surfboard inaction, making surfing possible for all young people regardless of physical limitations;
  • Meeting many amazing volunteers including one of my best friends, Kat Chalk (you might know her as Kat’s Surf Forecasts) – my number one surf sister.