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Plastic not so Fantastic

Plastic washed up on our coast is obvious and clearly visible. Sadly the plastic pollution is there.

For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics has continued to rise. An estimated 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 per cent increase over 2012.

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. That’s why we like it and buy plastic goods. However, some of those qualities can be harmful. Durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials are polluting our oceans and seas and are entering the food chain as they break down and are consumed by marine life. And of course, we see the evidence on our lovely beaches.

Take a walk along our fabulous beach here in Sennen and back and keep an eye open and you’ll be amazed at the amount of discarded and washed up sea plastic.

Plastic straws are one of top polluters on our beaches that take years to break down. Used only once they remain a threat to marine life and the ecosystem for many years.

Saying no to the plastic straw in your drink is only a small thing but makes a huge difference.

So join us in disposing of rubbish responsibly and say no to the plastic straw.

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On Our Doorstep

What lies around us here in Sennen Cove can simply be described as stunning. Every day we get to enjoy this magical place.  The most beautiful coastline and the ever changing sunsets which are joy to behold. Whether it’s taking a stroll along the beach or the coastal path, wave jumping, surfing, or enjoying a drink the world is a better place. Simple pleasures. Discover the world of wonderful Sennen today!

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Local Surfer Making Waves in National Competitions

Sennen is a mecca for surf enthusiasts from all over the UK. Its position in the heart of Cornwall and at the foot of the country means Sennen is blessed with some of the cleanest and most consistent ocean swell in the UK.

There is some great local surf talent on show every day on the beach and so it’s so great to be able to celebrate when one of our own does so well on a wider stage.
George Carpenter is a local surfer now making waves on a national scale. At the age of just 16 finishing 2nd in the Under 18’s category at the English National Surf Championships in Perrenporth at the start of May. This great result puts George firmly on the national stage and makes him eligible for the national team.
With surfing officially an Olympic sport for 2020, tantalizingly this means George will be in his prime when Tokyo 2020 rolls around and surfing makes its high profile debut.
George hit the waves when he was just 8 but started properly when 10. Now in his 3rd season, he has been building towards this great result finishing in the British Nationals last season with a strong 5th place.

Next up is the Surfaced Pro competition this weekend ( 3,4th June ) at Watergate Bay Cornwall – the first leg of the UK Pro Tour followed by the unique and exciting Pro Night Surf Event at Fistral Beach on the 16th and 17th of June.
Depending on how George fares in these two events he may then travel all the way to Thurso in Scotland for the final event in October with an aim of toping the UK table in the Under 18’s category.

During the summer George is down at Sennen riding the fabulous clean swell we all enjoy and is one of the team of great instructors teaching on the beach. George is following in some fine footsteps and with many previous competition winners in the water every day at Sennen. Your surf instructor could be a current or previous national champion!
Congratulations George on a fine result in the English Nationals. At Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove we’ll all be routing for you this summer in the Pro events and who knows, maybe we’ll have another local hero to cheer in Tokyo 2020 to follow in the footsteps of the great Helen Glover from Newlyn in London 2012. Go George!

Follow George via his social media:
Instagram:  georgecarpenter1
Facebook: George Carpenter

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Jump on Board, a One of a Kind Surf Bar Top at Ben Tunnicliffe Sennen Cove

Quality craftsmanship are two words we would use to the sum up the bar top in our Surf Den. If you haven’t seen it yet, then the bar itself is worth a visit. The bar top is styled with resin art – just like one of Jackson Higgs’s from Bluff Longboards truly unique traditional surfboards, and this bar top was constructed using the same traditional construction techniques and is simply quite amazing.

Jackson explains his inspiration to build the bar top came from: “Resin art is personally one of my favourite parts of building surfboards, hence the amount of Bluff longboards standing out in the lineup. Maintaining control of the bleeds, the swirls and the vibrant colours is so incredibly satisfying. Ben Tunnicliffe is also a fan of some of my more wacky creations, so I was delighted when he, Nigel and Kinga commissioned me for definitely one of the largest projects I have ever undertaken! My favourite part of the finished bar is introducing resin art to people who aren’t necessarily surfers, people who are unaware that such an incredible art form exists within the surfboard industry. Then watching their jaws drop when it is incorporated into a drinking establishment”.

Jackson himself is a true inspiration, he makes every single longboard from start to finish.  Shaping, glassing, sanding and polishing.  Jackson uses exclusively traditional materials and construction methods, clocking up a huge amount of working hours in the process, the true old-school way.  Therefore it’s not surprising that it took Jackson 55 ½ hours to build the bar top to his obsessively perfect standards

Jackson describes the technique used to build the bar “The bar top is built by laminating marine plywood with the traditional double 6+6oz porcher cloth with tinted polyester resin, followed by a sanding coat and gloss coat which was wets anded and polished up to a mirror finish. Put simply, it was a huge, truly unique labour of love that would be impossible to replicate exactly. The glossy surface and the metallic flake glistens in the sun and placing a nice gin and tonic down on it just looks like something out of a James Bond film”.

Jackson has already been re-commissioned for another similar project. He’s keeping quiet about this one but something tells me that it will be equally as spectacular. This up-and-coming resin artist is clearly buzzing on the endless possibilities which are all derived from his surfing background, and accompanied with his infectious enthusiasm, we wish him every success with this very exciting new venture.

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A New Den for Ben

Our friends at Business Cornwall called it a “New Den for Ben”, and on Saturday 29th April just in time for summer, the team unveiled the new Den. An outdoor bar which coincided with the release of ‘Head Launcher’, an exclusive ale produced for the restaurant by Skinners Brewery.

Guests enjoyed a fantastic afternoon basking in the sun while enjoying resident DJ Samiad, eating freshly baked pizza cooked perfectly by our Head Chef Adam, and sampling a selection of drinks including the new ale ‘Head Launcher’. ‘Head Launcher’ was inspired by the Sennen Cove Lifeboat which plays a massive part in our local community.

The Den brings the outside in. The bar top itself is styled as resin art – exactly like a surf board by local board shaper and builder Jackson Higgs of Bluff Longboards http://blufflongboards.co.uk/ and constructed using surf board construction techniques and it’s simply quite amazing. The Den has been crafted carefully and has been a labour of love for all those involved.

We are so delighted with our new Den, and want to thank all those involved in making the Den possible and to our staff who worked hard in making this launch happen. A true team effort.

The Surf Den opens on May 5th. Please see our Opening Times for full details. We look forward to seeing you there.

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2nd Annual Sennen Surf Contest

A fun, family-friendly Surf Contest is returning to Sennen Cove for its second year this October, as we partner with three other local businesses to host the event.

Ben and the team are working with Sennen Surfing Centre, Sennen Surf Company Shop and Smart Surf School to plan the two-day event on 28th and 29th October, which will see surfers of all ages and abilities take to the water.

The first day of competition will end with an evening event here at the restaurant (in our new outside bar or ‘Surfers Den’), followed by a second day of competitive events and a prize ceremony.

Sennen Cove was named one of the top ten surf locations in the world by The Guardian newspaper recently, alongside destinations in Mexico, Mozambique and Hawaii.

Sennen was singled out for its consistency, lack of crowds, and its wild and unspoiled location; conditions competitors will be able to lap-up during this half-term event.

Dave Muir, Head Coach at Sennen Surfing Centre, is looking forward to marking the end of another extremely busy and rewarding summer season:

“It’s been a fantastic summer here at Sennen, with record numbers learning to surf with us or improving their skills. For example, our Ladies Surf Club on a Friday night has been hugely popular. The Surf Contest will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate what everyone has achieved.”

We can’t wait to act as the hub for this exciting event. Competitors and spectators will be able to enjoy great food and drink in relaxed surroundings as they watch the competition unfold; fringe events will include beach games, barbeques and live music.

Ben commented: “I’m really looking forward to the Surf Contest – in fact my whole family are keen to get involved! It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together before winter hibernation kicks in.”

The Sennen Surf Contest is also a chance to reflect and celebrate the life of local lifeboatman and surfer Ashley Moffatt, whom the community continues to remember fondly over a decade since his fatal car accident.

Everyone from beginners through to serious surfers will have the chance to take part, with prizes in the form of cash, vouchers and surfing gear available in several categories.

There are also opportunities for brand sponsors to get involved – please contact Sennen Surfing Centre for more information.

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Sennen Ladies Surf Club – First Hand!

Running the restaurant and having a young family is challenging enough, so
I never thought that I would be willing to jump into the sea on
Friday evening to join first ladies only surfing club! Dave (owner of
Sennen Surfing Centre and Sennen Surf Shop) says that this is the UK’s  ladies
only club. Gosh! This puts everything into perspective!
Usually family (certainly my family) going to the beach means: boys and
my husband in the water and I am on the beach trying to catch up with
reading and some peace and quiet. Its no surprise to me that ladies surfing clubs are
rare! And the wet suits! What a palava!
Anyway, despite many obstacles on the day I could not avoid the moment of truth so I bravely joined the rest of keen ladies.

We had a short session on the beach with a wonderful young teacher – part of Dave’s team and off we went into the water. I never thought I would have so much fun! It was great! The sun was shining, waves were just right (very small!) and
we all had a go. I struggled for most of the session – balancing whilst laying on the board was a problem for me for a start; but after a short while I stopped worrying
and just went for any and every small wave that came. It really was fun.
I even managed to almost stand on the board! My children would be very proud of me I thought and I felt great afterwards.
We finished the session with a glass of prosecco on the terrace of the
restaurant watching a wonderful Sennen sunset! What a fabulous evening!
But I think the biggest surprise for me was to wake up the next morning – my first thought of the day – how great it would be to go surfing today! Have I caught the surfing bug already?

Sennen Ladies Surf Club – every Friday 8 pounds including a a glass of prosecco on the restaurant terrace.

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Ladies Surf Club Launched

We are excited to be involved with Sennen’s first Ladies Surf Club, which will take place every Friday for the next few months.

The restaurant has teamed up with our great friends at Sennen Surfing Centre to offer an irresistible package of surf tuition, laughs and Prosecco – all within the beautiful setting of Sennen Cove.

Every week ladies of all abilities are invited to come along, enjoy an hour or so in the water with Dave Muir and his team of expert tutors, followed by coffee or Prosecco on the terrace here at the restaurant.

If you prefer you can also grab yourself a SUP board and paddle – perfect for days when waves are in short supply…

Ladies Surf Club is a great opportunity to get in the water and give it a go, or hone your skills – as well as make new friends while getting some exercise in the fresh air. If you’re lucky, you’ll also experience a stunning sunset from our terrace overlooking the golden sands.

And why not stay for dinner? Our menu features hearty post-surf options (homemade burgers, delicious fish and chips) as well as healthy options and plenty of local fish fresh from market.

Ladies Surf Club starts at 6pm every Friday, with an hour and a half in the water followed by unrestricted socialising!

We hope to see you there soon.