Fresher’s Perranporth Trip 2011

Another Fresher’s Trip has passed and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves. In time fresher’s flu will start to wear off, and anything caught at Perranporth will have been killed by the alcohol from the first social.

The trip started as always with maximum faff, people turned up late, the keys were in the wrong place, the van door would not close (it might have fallen off). All in all, a good start to the weekend.

When the majority of the group arrived it was to find the hut in a state of warfare with fortified positions at either end of the village hall, and to be shouted at to choose aside. What ensued next was either a mass lowering of the mental age of the group or everyone is just immature at heart and this was before anyone had decided to partake in the liquid gold we call cider.

After everyone had worn themselves out, we did what students do best – mingle and start playing some games (ring of fire, three man, to name just a few). The Ridge had brought it upon themselves to bring along the good old favourite, the funnel for the pleasure of all. For some this meant being cornered and encouraged to have a go “thanks for that” others queued up to show everyone what they are made of. It was then off to the beach for a the old classic skinny dipping. On the way there, someone spotted a phone box so what do any sensible people do try and break the world record number of people you can get in a phone box, I think we made 14?

This year there were some very friendly naked people; small groups gathered to chat and I can only assume discuss the weather. High 5 to you all or should I say High 10 [you know who you are Immi ;)]. Time to warm up so it was back to the hut for more fun and games. Heading to bed at the totally reasonable hour of 6am (not sure I have ever done this on a trip before).

Breakfast at 8am was not well received, but off to the BEACH!

The Safety Briefing was provided by our lovely Paddles and Stabby Jo. Everyone was split into pairs and kitted out with a boat, paddle, spray deck, wetsuit (Amazing retro colours), cag, Buoyancy aid and helmet.

The best tight and bright the club can offer!

It was then time to walk down the beach and time to surf!

To the Sea!

Some people misunderstood what they were supposed to be doing.

Not sure what was going on here

Everyone else attacked the sea and spent a good few happy hours mastering the basic technique of how to stay upright and surf waves like a pro (for more info see the Wombles guide to surfing).

Lunch was served, with the finest cuts of meat to choose from (chicken roll and ham roll), cheese, crisps, fruit all packaged neatly between two slices of bread. The more eager of the bunch then headed back to the water for another hour of surfing.

By about 16:00 everyone’d had enough and it was time to go back to the hut, grab a nap and wait for the chefs to prepare dinner. Pass the parcel was the nights entertainment kindly prepared for us by the lovely Social Secs. It is a remake of the good old birthday party game but each layer has a challenge the (un)lucky person it lands on has to complete.

Pass the Parcel - Sock fight

Next morning it was time to clean the hut and head back to the beach for another day of surfing.

Southampton University Canoe Club - new and old

Unfortunately the weekend had come to an end and it was time to travel back to the Boat Hard in Southampton. Thanks to everyone who took part; Drivers, committee members, club members, freshers and anyone else who helped and of course thanks to the RNLI Lifeguards who watched over us.

We hope to see you at a Social, Pool session, River session or Trip sometime soon. In the mean time check out some of the photos (get tagging).

SUCC Love xxxx


RNLI - Lifeguards

Missed the taster sessions but still want to get involved?

If you’re keen on joining up with one of the best clubs in the uni (of course we’d say that) then there is still time!

Here’s a short FAQ for those of you still interested:

  • Can I still join?
    Of course! You can join any time during the year but we recommend you join sooner rather than later so that you can take advantage of the easier river trips and get to know everyone.
  • Do you have any more taster sessions?
    We don’t have any more taster sessions but we are now running our normal river and pool sessions so if you want a chat then come along to one of these (wednesday from about 1pm at the watersports centre or thursday just before 9pm at the Jubilee sports centre).

If you want to find out more about the club then check out the links above, specifically about membership and membership FAQ’s.

Hope to see you on the water!

Fun in the Sun- Last Weekend’s Taster Sessions

The wetsuits were off and the sun cream was out for last weekend’s taster sessions. Hundreds of you came along to the boat hard each ready to try your hand at a little kayaking, on a weekend that can only be described as an absolute scorcher!  The two days saw unadulterated levels of mayhem, an endless supply of grinning fresher faces and more sunken boats than we ever thought possible! If you did get out of a boat without getting wet, goodness knows how; you stayed far dryer than most of us.

The taster sessions saw a variety of games, from the old classic ‘Stuck In The Mud’ to the Tom’s fantastically entertaining version of the game ‘Jump’. The variation saw Tom performing a beautiful rendition of the Girls Aloud classic of the same name (although he never did explain how he knows all the lyrics), whilst Freshers jumped as high as they could on cue. Needless to say the shenanigans ended in utter chaos. Just what we like to see!

Don’t forget that the intro meeting is happening this tomorrow (Wednesday 5th October). Meet at 18:15 outside the stags and we’ll be heading onto our first social of the year afterwards and if previous years are anything to go by, it’s going to be a cracker. If you have any questions please contact us here.

To see more pictures of the day, click either Saturday or Sunday (assorted on facebook).


Taster Session Photo’s 2011

We had amazing weather for the Taster Sessions this weekend and a really good turn out with lots of keen people. Hopefully everyone that came along had lots of fun and we would like to see you all again! – Remember the Intro meeting is happening this coming Wednesday (5th October) – meet at 18:15 outside the stags. If you have any questions please contact us here.

There will be a full write up about the Taster session soon but for now see if you can spot yourself in the photo’s.

Click either Saturday or Sunday (assorted on facebook) for the day you attended. See you soon!

SUCC Taster Session Sunday 2/10/11