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SurfGirl Meets: Claire Smail

Posted On: 5 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Surf Girl

SurfGirl Meets: Claire Smail

Claire, when did you first start surfing?
My dad and brother took up surfing first and after a few years when I was 16 I asked my dad if he would teach me. I remember we then tried to go at least once a week throughout the winter so I could learn to stand, by the next summer. I was hooked.
Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in South Devon then I moved up to North Devon after university to be even closer to the ocean and start my teaching career.North Devon is a great place to live, work and surf. There are so many different types of waves in a relatively small area that work in a range of different swell and wind conditions. There is a strong surf community here with the Museum of British Surfing, local surf clubs and home to some classic surf brands like Saltrock, Second Skin and Tiki.

Where's your favourite break at home and abroad?
Some of my most favourite waves at home can be found at Saunton and Bantham because I have spent the most time surfing these places....

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