Weblog – Tehillah McGuinness Interview


One of many latest additions to the Osprey group riders roster, South African born surfer, health teacher and mannequin, Tehillah ‘Tee’ McGuinness just lately paid us a go to our Devon HQ.


An entrepreneurial spirit together with her personal enterprise Ohana, based mostly out in Fuerteventura, Tee can also be busy selling her Women Browsing Health Weekends which can hit UK shores in 2014! With all this happening she nonetheless managed to pop in for a chat to debate her plans for the approaching 12 months, plus her love of the whole lot surf, health and wellbeing.



O: Having grown up in SA, the place have been your favorite locations to surf?


T: As I used to be fortunate sufficient to dwell proper on Supers in Jeffreys Bay I might say that’s my most memorable, favorite place. We moved round quite a bit earlier than settling in Jbay and we lived in a small city referred to as Port Alfred, on the East Coast not removed from Jbay. The arrange was an extended proper hander breaking off the East Pier and hole left on the West pier, breaking off a river mouth. That’s the place I began browsing and I’ll all the time keep in mind the lengthy summer time days with family and friends, browsing all day!


O: On Transferring to the UK did you discover British perspective to browsing distinctly totally different from SA or is it the identical universally?


T: I discover the British perspective to be actually pleasant and laid again, however saying that I’ve by no means surfed very crowded spots on days when the waves have been pumping and everyone seems to be on a mission. From what I keep in mind in Jbay it was additionally fairly mellow, apart from the groms who used to snake everybody and some vacationers who would paddle out in search of hassle however they have been rapidly proven the way in which to paddle again in. I’m not certain how issues have modified now however once more it’s all right down to the way you behave within the water, whether or not it’s your native spot or not.


O: Any favorite breaks within the UK? Any secret spots you don’t thoughts sharing?


T: I promised I wouldn’t inform…haha! No secret spots but, I’m nonetheless working my approach in with the locals. I keep in mind doing a visit right down to Devon and Cornwall for about two weeks, simply after relocating to the UK and browsing so many spots, that I can’t even keep in mind all of them. I do keep in mind some nice classes at Croyde, Constantine Bay and Perranporth.


One of many issues I actually liked, which is totally different to rising up and browsing Jbay day by day is with the ability to drive to so many various little sheltered coves, one after the opposite and browsing enjoyable waves with not many individuals out. I want to surf spots ‘off the overwhelmed observe’, than attempting to battle for waves. I had a number of good classes down close to Bournemouth and simply exterior at Kimmeridge, but it surely’s not almost as constant because the West Coast.


O: You’re now based mostly in Fuerteventura, what was it in regards to the Island that captivated you essentially the most?


T: I felt the same sense of freedom to how I used to dwell in South Africa however with a bit of additional safety which is obscure except you’ve gotten lived in a rustic the place you’re continually wanting over your shoulder. There are such a lot of wonderful issues in regards to the UK and I really feel so fortunate to have been capable of relocate to a safer nation with my household. Nonetheless coming from a life-style which consists of being outdoor, within the solar and just about operating round barefoot it was an enormous shock to attempt to adapt to this new life-style. I’ve tried as a lot as potential however my coronary heart longed for the ocean, browsing, heat and all of the constructive features that go together with that life-style.


Though Fuerteventura shouldn’t be your typical tropical paradise there’s something in regards to the volcanic rock, white sandy seashores and exquisite surf spots that fully captivated me. After I arrived I felt like ‘me’ once more… fully free! It’s also a brief airplane journey throughout to UK, which makes life very straightforward!


O: Finest break you’ve surfed internationally?


T: I’ve obtained some nice locations on my 2014 journey checklist however thus far I might say France (some secret and never so secret locations)


Tehillah McGuinness paddling in water


O: Sketchiest wipe out you’ve ever skilled?


T: Positively on the North Shore of Fuerteventura at a spot referred to as la Concava. It was a giant day and the not the most effective swell path or circumstances for this spot as it’s a tremendous shallow, brief journey with a fast take off, barrel after which kicking out earlier than the rocks. It’s well-known for damaged ankles, head accidents and so on. (all of which I by no means knew)


I paddled for a wave however simply earlier than taking off I realised it was a foul selection and tried to drag again. I went over the falls, stood up in knee excessive water and observed my hand was a bit swollen…after some tears and a visit to the hospital I ended up in a solid for three months with a damaged metacarpal.


O: Who within the browsing world conjures up you essentially the most?


T: It’s all the time inspiring to see what the blokes and women on tour are doing however actually it’s also individuals with constructive attitudes, who simply love browsing and listening to tales of the modifications and selections they’ve made of their lives simply to have the ability to surf, whether or not it’s competitively or simply for their very own pleasure.


O: Favorite board ever ridden, lengthy or brief?


T: Hmmm, robust one. I’ve surfed so many boards that it’s actually troublesome to say. I’m engaged on a brand new quiver for this 12 months and positively throwing some new and thrilling shapes within the combine, so I’ll get again to you on that one!


O: Inform us about your finest second in browsing thus far.


T: Once more, so many memorable moments… I’m certain I will let you know my finest second in browsing this 12 months.


O: Any pre surf rituals? Any information, books or philosophies that get you notably pumped to cost waves?


T: Good music and I all the time say a bit of prayer earlier than getting within the water.


O: You lead a really busy life-style balancing operating a enterprise, modelling and browsing. How is it you handle to cope with the each day juggling of commitments? How do you assume that browsing helps you retain order within the chaos of day by day life?


T: I’m nonetheless figuring this all out! Haha. Typically and extra just lately I actually felt like there have been simply not sufficient hours within the day and I’ve needed to study to loosen up and realise that I can’t do the whole lot without delay. When all else fails, I decide up the telephone and name my mom/supervisor/advisor/life organiser!


Browsing is my time to change off from fixed expertise and worrying in regards to the future or enterprise. It actually helps to place my life in to perspective and helps gas the artistic facet of my thoughts which I’ve actually wanted on this final 12 months. I really feel just like the fixed operating round involves a cease once I get within the water and after browsing my life is returned to a traditional tempo and I’m able to deal with issues higher… It makes me really feel so alive and glad!


Tehillah McGuinness walking out of sea


O: Aside from your enterprise Ohana and browsing / health coaching, what different issues maintain your curiosity?


T: I like the outside and adventuring, studying and studying new issues that may empower my life. I actually get pleasure from snowboarding or attempting no less than, scuba diving and touring to new international locations, not solely to surf however discover stunning locations additional in land. I like each alternative I’ve to spend with my household and having grown up round boats, with brothers who sail means I can take my love for the ocean to a different stage! Anthing enjoyable, totally different and adventurous actually pursuits me!


O: Inform us extra about your enterprise enterprise Ohana in Fuerteventura.


T: Having liked and loved a profession in each browsing and lengthy distance operating from a younger age I all the time liked sports activities and the wonderful life-style and advantages you’ll be able to get pleasure from, not solely bodily but additionally mentally. After coaching many consumers in addition to celebrities within the UK in each surf and health, Ohana Health and Surf was born.


Ohana is Hawaiian for household and that’s our motto – to make you’re feeling like household and provide you with a way or real help, it doesn’t matter what your objectives are. From standing up on a surf board for the primary time, to beginning a well being and health programme you’ve gotten been suspending for years.


The mixture of beneficial circumstances and exquisite landscapes on my doorstep in Fuerteventura impressed me to make use of my {qualifications} and expertise to assist others enhance their life, preserve their health whereas on vacation, study to surf or enhance their browsing whereas on vacation with mixed packages for browsing and health in addition to single choices for each.


We provide the whole lot from Luxurious Boot camps, health classes and Pilates each indoors and within the sunshine, personal surf classes, women surf and health packages and a lot extra. As people we must be impressed to make modifications or do issues we lack confidence in and what higher place than in stunning environment. I’ve had the privilege of being part of some wonderful achievements in each Health and Browsing and that’s what in flip retains me impressed!


O: Talking of Ohana and browsing health, you’re attributable to go to UK shores in 2014 to advertise your Women Browsing & Health Weekends. Inform us extra, the place will you be touring to and what can individuals count on from the occasions?


T: I’m so enthusiastic about my Women Surf and Health Weekends this 12 months! I shall be touring to totally different spots alongside the West, East and South Coast of the UK all year long, the place I shall be providing women of all ages an opportunity to both enhance their browsing, learn to surf and in addition enhance their information and want to guide lively and wholesome life whereas making reasonable objectives whereas conserving the concentrate on having enjoyable and assembly like-minded women!


Having the help of so many fantastic sponsors means the ladies will get to get pleasure from some shock goodies in addition to a surf bracelet workshop, BBQ, seaside actions and rather more! There shall be an below 18’s age group in addition to over 18’s and the intention is for ladies from all totally different walks of lives to come back collectively and really feel impressed to realize their objectives, make new buddies and go away feeling empowered after these two days!


The dates and places shall be finalised within the coming months and you will discover them on my web site, weblog, Fb pages and we shall be operating a number of competitions for a number of fortunate women to win a spot on these weekends.


O: Plans for the longer term? (Ohana, Surf Colleges & Private)


T: Proper now I really feel as if all my onerous work, planning, relocating, touring, coaching, frustration and persistence from the previous couple of years has lastly paid off and I can lastly begin the start of an thrilling journey I’ve been ready to start out for therefore lengthy and I simply wish to get pleasure from each second. My plans are to concentrate on rising Ohana Health and Surf in Fuerteventura in addition to my Women Surf and Health tour within the UK and Europe, get pleasure from touring, competing and getting some good outcomes alongside the way in which.


I even have some nice sports activities modelling and health initiatives lined up, that are actually thrilling! I do know that I can solely plan till a sure level and go away the remainder of the items to fall into place and current new alternatives alongside the way in which. So long as I’m browsing, surrounded by my wonderful household and buddies, serving to others to realize their objectives, having fun with each single alternative and rising in all components of my life and profession I shall be fulfilling my plans.


I really feel so blessed to have such fantastic and supportive sponsors on board and am wanting ahead to rising with them in all areas of my life!


Tehillah McGuinness being interviewed


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