I say surf but really I lawnmow. Yep, that’s right: I don’t ride barrels, have no idea how to carve and rarely wipe-out. Instead I gently slide, belly on wood (behind neoprene) into shore with an occasional squeal, not unlike the action of cutting grass: arms outstretched, pushing forward. And that’s how I like it best.
At Polzeath, it’s early in the morning and the car park on the beach is empty – school kids are beginning to arrive but haven’t yet hit the waves in hordes. The waves are a little messy but frequent enough and we slot in with a silver-haired swimmer and a couple of other bodyboarders. I mow. My cousin rides. I wait for the perfect wave (don’t we all): it’s just on the turn, cresting into my ankles with a swell that can lift as much as push… I don’t get it this morning. But I will another day.
After a morning catching frothy little breakers, happily segregated from the surfers, I want to eat a good plateful of food. And there are three rules for my post-surf breakfast: 1) cooked food, 2) something healthy and 3) caffeine. And 15 minutes out of Polzeath just outside of Wadebridge on the Atlantic Highway (A39) is the answer: Strong Adolfos for Fine Coffee, Fresh Food and Subcultural Happenings.
For the fine food we (or rather I) consumed: 1) an avocado, date, almond, yogurt and milk smoothie (odd because I had to get my head round sweet date with savoury avocado but it works and the texture is fluffy but liquid enough to enjoy – it’s literally a meal in a glass); 2) poached eggs on spinach on ham on sourdough bread (perfectly poached eggs, teeth fluffingly-fresh spinach – when it does what rhubard does to your teeth – and a wedge of very fine sourdough; 3) a darn fine coffee sourced from Cornish roasters Origin.
As for the subcultural happenings – for starters Wild Bake (Claire and Lewis Cole have converted a horse trailer into a mobile pizza outlet and make some of the freshest best pizza you will eat this side of the Tamar) are at Strong Adolfos this evening for bike night from 5- 9 along with some sliders made by Adolfos. Keep an eye on their website for more events and exhibitions; for me, my next ‘subcultural happening’ will mainly be some more excellent post-surf nosh (I have the Big Breakfast to get to grips with).