Fuelled by beans 'talk series' - Matilda Jackson on surfing
HOW DID YOU GET INTO SURFING?
I first got into surfing five years ago when I spontaneously decided to do some traveling on my own and go to Bali. I stayed at an amazing surf camp over there and met some incredible people. In hindsight I bit off slightly more than I can chew, with Bali famous for big waves, but it was great to throw myself in at the deep end and give myself that challenge. What I learnt there more than how to surf was about what an amazing community the surf community is, and I knew I wanted to seek that out when I came back to the UK.
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SPOTS TO GO SURFING?
My favourite spot to go surfing is in Llangennith in the Gower in Wales the beach and the countryside around there is so beautiful and usually uncrowded even in the height of summer plus they have three hot showers and an amazing café on site and with £5 parking for an entire day and evening there what’s not to love!
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT SURFING?
What I love most about surfing is the deep connection with the outdoors and the ocean sitting in the lineup waiting for a wave gives me such a sense of calmness and contentment that I don’t find anywhere else. Even if I don’t manage to catch a wave, just that feeling of being outdoors in the fresh air is worth it.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SURF?
My most memorable surf was the first time that I bought my own surf board. I took it down to Cornwall with my mum in her campervan and we left it underneath the campervan overnight as it was too big to fit inside the van while we were sleeping next morning we completely forgot that it was under there and my mum accidentally run over it and we had a massive crash as she snapped one of the fins off. I hadn’t even had a chance to use the board yet and I assumed the worst. When we got the board out from underneath the van we saw that luckily the only damage was just one broken fin, and we were parked right next to a surf shop so we were able to get a replacement immediately. I then took the board out for a beautiful sunset surf on the beach which was pretty deserted and so that was my most magical surfing memory.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT OUR ROASTED FAVA BEAN SNACKS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FLAVOUR OF OUR FAVA BEANS?
I absolutely love the roasted fava beans, they are such a good snack to take on the go. They’re super high in protein which is great for a pre-or post surf! My favourite flavour is the chilli and lemon, and also the barbecue beans.
LET’S TALK GEAR, WHERE SHOULD WE SHOP AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO GET STARTED?
If you’re looking to get kitted out for surfing the best place to go is a local surf shop as they have all the knowledge and expertise to get you everything you need. Additionally another great website is Surfdome, who have a massive range of surf gear.
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR ANYONE WANTING TO GET INTO SURFING?
In terms of tips for anyone that wants to get into surfing, my advice is just to go for it! Often fear holds people back from giving new things a go, but just remember that everyone has to start somewhere. Just because you’re not going to be amazing at it first try doesn’t mean you won’t have the best time doing it! Book a lesson, or head to the beach with some friends and just have a play around.
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOU AND YOUR SURFING?
I have a lot of things in the works with Bristol Girls Surf Club this year. We have an awesome trip planned to Spring Classic, a surf festival down in Devon in May. We also have a women’s take over happening at The Wave in Bristol in April in collaboration with some amazing other women surf organisations in the Southwest. Follow us on Instagram or join our Facebook group for more updates.