April 2021: With the government allowing the return of local non contact sport from the 12th of March, our tenants Coast to Coast Surf School and the Wave Project will be able to start again in April. From the 26th April domestic travel restrictions is scheduled to be removed and its hoped that Belhaven will again see surfers and water sports enthusiasts from outside East Lothian again. The surf centre’s community rooms and changing facilities will unfortunately remain closed to the public during this period.
This year we are excited to announce Belhaven Surf Club. This will initially start with a junior development team in April where we will partner with Coast to Coast coaches to help local talented juniors take the next step up in their surfing – supporting the performance level of the sport. Juniors have been identified from 2020 already however if you are a talented junior surfer aged 9yrs to 17yrs, from the Lothians or Borders, please feel free to send us a wee video of you surfing (please note there is an expectation of unbroken wave riding with control as a minimum level to be considered for the team and age will be taken into account). The surf club has plans to open up to local adults and families later in the summer for social and competitive purpose too. Please note all general surfing enquiries should still go to Coast to Coast Surf School and inclusive surfing to Wave Project Scotland
5th January 2021 : Happy New Year! Unfortunately we are now in full lockdown ordered by the Scottish Government. This means the centre has had to shut completely from the 5th of January. We will update as soon as we now we can open again. Thanks for all those that supported us in 2020 and we hope that 2021 will be much better as we enter the warmer months.
2020 : Was to say a very unusual year with full lockdown March till June and a wide range of restrictions for the rest of the year that effected operations. The board made the difficult decision to keep the community areas closed to the public (due to the lack of safe space in our community rooms and changing) and access was only allowed by our two tenants. All our named community users did operate successfully from June to October, and with record numbers visiting the coast, they offered an invaluable service in keeping both young and old active, safe and in positive mental health. Although this was a far cry from Coast to Coast, Dunbar Surf Lifesaving Club and the Wave Project normal year, it was wonderful to see all return to the coast and particular the young able to smile and play in the sea. We are also most grateful to both Coast to Coast and Wave Project for their support. The Belhaven Surf Centre charity would be facing a very difficult future without their rental income that was given right through the year. We are also grateful for all of the local watersports community many who use our hot outside showers as this contribution makes a huge difference to cover ongoing maintenance costs.
ETHOS : The building has at its core aims to provide a space for environmental education and awareness, watersports safety and education and inclusive participation and performance development in surfing and watersports. Our four core user groups are key to implementing this – East Lothian Countryside Rangers, Dunbar Surf Lifesaving Club, The Wave Project and Coast to Coast Surf School. We also hope to work with other sports and community groups that further health and wellbeing and the safety and environmental messages including Active Schools East Lothian, Surfers Against Sewage, H20 Training, Patagonia and Kosa Yoga.
We have had an ambition ever since we opened our doors in Sept 2019 to create the Belhaven Surf Club. We hope to kick this off in 2021 and bring the community together both young and old. In late 2019 we took a hand picked team of local surfers from Belhaven north to Fraserburgh for Gathering of the Clans, Scotland’s club team competition and our experimental club team finished 2nd of 10 teams so hopefully we can go one step more in 2021!