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Meet The Team – Jemma

If you’ve ever eaten at The Beach Hut chances are you’ve met Jemma, one of our waitresses. Having worked here for three years she is a familiar face that customers always remember.

We recently caught up with her to find out a bit about her role.

Jemma The Beach Hut

Meet Jemma.

How long have you worked at The Beach Hut?
I’ve been here for three years now, it’s gone so fast!

What does your role involve?
Making sure the restaurant looks it’s best. Meeting and greeting customers. Taking orders. Making sure customers are happy. And generally ensuring the restaurants run smoothly.

What is a normal day like for you?
As a waitress each day is completely different. We always have new people in the restaurant and new dishes on the menu. But some things stay the same. I always meet and greet customers, show them to their table and talk them through the menu and specials board. I love getting to know the people who eat at The Beach Hut so I take time to ask a bit about them; what they’ve been up to and if they have visited Watergate Bay before.

At times, during the height of summer for instance, the restaurant can serve over 300 people a day, so I can be really busy! But I enjoy those kinds of days, they flash by in a blur of chatter and good food.

The Beach Hut Watergate Bay

If you were going to eat at The Beach Hut what would you have?
I love the food here, it’s simple but delicious.

To start I’d go for the calamari with lime and chili. For my main course it’d have to be the fish n’ chips! And for dessert I’d pick the chocolate brownies, no the creme brulee…actually the raspberry sundae is really good. Oh I don’t know, one of each.

The Beach Hut Calamari

What’s your favourite part of your job?
Interacting with the customers. I love getting to know them and ensuring they enjoy their time at The Beach Hut; no matter who it is I can find something to talk to them about.

But I especially enjoy it when returning customers come back and remember me. At The Beach Hut our customers are like an extended family and sometimes it feels like one big reunion.

The Beach Hut Team

(The Beach Hut team)

Can you describe The Beach Hut in one sentence?
High quality food with a laid back, but professional service.

Can you sum up your job in three words?
Fun
Social
Busy

When you’re not at work where can we find you?
I’ve been saving up for a month’s trip to Thailand in November. So when that rolls round you’ll find me travelling the country from North to South.

Can you tell us a random fact about you?
I’m a qualified barber and piercist.

Take a look at our current job vacancies and meet the rest of the team.

Amaretto Sour cocktail

Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavoured liqueur, made from a base of apricots, almonds or sometimes both.

The amaretto sour is a classic cocktail, but most people don’t know that the original recipe calls for raw white egg. Being sticklers for tradition we use egg whites in our mix but you can always leave this ingredient out.

Amaretto-Sour

Makes one

Ingredients

70ml Amaretto
35ml lemon juice
Dash of angostura Bitters
1 egg white
Ice

Glass: Martini

 

Method

Add all the ingredients to a Boston shaker and shake.

Double strain into your glass and enjoy!

Zacrys-Amaretto-Sour

Zacry's-Amaretto-Sour

Take a look at our other cocktail recipes here.

Mark, Harry and Josh

HarryJosh and Mark are three local guys who all have a passion for watersports, Harry and Josh are sponsored by the Extreme Academy and Mark is sponsored by GUL. Be it surfing or kitesurfing you’ll regularly find these three in the ocean.

We caught up with them to see where they’ve been and what they’ve been up to over summer.

MARK HARRIS

My summer has mainly consisted of mixing work and pleasure as I worked for the RNLI as a lifeguard keeping an eye on the beaches of Cornwall. I actually spent some time guarding at Watergate Bay. It was a great summer; I was very busy but also got to enjoy the beautiful weather and train for the last events of the British surfing tour this autumn.

I’m now looking forward to greeting the autumn swell and competing in some big wave competitions.

Mark-Harris

HARRY TIMSON

I have spent the majority of summer in France, arriving in Hossegor in the middle of June. We were greeted by some fun waves and warm weather. Whilst training for my first competition in Portugal I had a great time with my family enjoying the French way of life.

After I competed in Portugal, the Atlantic and most of the European seas were pretty flat. But that gave me the chance to skate and make the most of relaxing on the beach. One of the highlights of my summer was making a 100m long slip and slide on the beach!

Towards the end of summer the swell increased and we have had some amazing waves, I’d surf for a good 8 hours each day! Looking forward to next summer already.

Harry-Timson

JOSH COOMBES

Over the summer the wind significantly dropped so I didn’t get to spend as much time in the water kitesurfing. However, at Watergate Bay we had some great surf breaks so I took the opportunity to get stuck into surfing and polish up my skills.

We also had some periods at Watergate when the wind dropped completely and the waves were almost non-existent; the perfect conditions for SUP. At the Extreme Academy, we taught as much SUP as possible, taking groups all the way to the north end of the beach and back.

Now that autumn has well and truly set in and the wind is picking up, I’m keen to get back into kitesurfing, especially strapless kitesurfing.

Josh-coombes

Zacry’s Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is a classic cocktail combining vodka, coffee and kaluha. If you like coffee and love martini’s, this is the cocktail for you.

Espresso Martini

Makes one

Ingredients

35ml Stoli Vodka
35ml Kaluha
15ml sugar syrup
1 shot Origin Coffee espresso
Ice

Glass: Martini

 

Method

Add all the ingredients to a boston shaker with ice and shake.

Double strain into glass.

Garnish with coffee beans.

Espresso Martini Zacry's

Espresso Martini from Zacry's

Take a look at our other cocktail recipes here.

Meet The Team – Amy

London born, Essex bred, Amy has always had a love of the ocean and couldn’t resist the call of the Atlantic so moved to Cornwall when she was 18. Since then she has traveled the world and now works in Swim Club as a massage therapist and yoga instructor.

Amy from SwimClub

Meet Amy.

How long have you worked at Watergate Bay Hotel?
I’ve been here just over a year. It’s crazy how quickly a year can go!

What does your role involve?
As a massage therapist I focus on the bodily treatments: massages, reflexology and facials. However, this year my role developed further when yoga classes were introduced. As a qualified yoga instructor I now lead two lessons a week.

Where did you become a qualified yoga instructor?
I’ve loved yoga since I was young; my mum has always practised it so I’ve grown up with the discipline. Whilst travelling through Australia, New Zealand and Thailand I practised yoga daily and whilst in Costa Rica I took a months intensive course to become a qualified instructor.

Where you a qualified massage therapist before you joined the team in Swim Club?
Yes. When I joined I was already a Level 3 qualified massage therapist but since being here I have taken the reflexology course and am now qualified to perform this treatment on guests. There is always a chance to further your training at Watergate Bay, I’m looking forward to extending my portfolio of treatments.

What’s a normal day like for you in Swim Club?
There is a huge variety in my day to day life in Swim Club. One day I could be performing back to back treatments, the next day my diary may be very quiet. It’s on Tuesdays and Friday’s at 10.30am that I teach yoga and that can either be in the studio or if it’s a nice day out on the beach.

Yoga at Watergate Bay Hotel

What’s your favourite part about your job?
The variety of the role is great, no two days are the same. We have a lot of flexibility in Swim Club in comparison to other spa/salon’s that offer treatments. We are able to customise a treatment to fit the persons exact needs so that it’s tailor made to each individual.

And that’s another part of the job that I enjoy; interacting with the guests, there are always new people to meet and get to know.

If you were going to come to Swim Club for the day what treatment(s) would you have?
I’d go for the full works. It’s a two hour treatment that includes a body brush, full body exfoliation, wrap, fast facial and massage. It’s indulgence at it’s best! The treatment is so relaxing.

Treatment Room Swim Club

Can you sum up your role in three words?
Varied
Interesting
Challenging

When you’re not at work where can we find you?
Walking my dog at Watergate Bay.

Can you tell us a random fact about yourself?
I have a degree in zoology and a chainsaw license.

Take a look at our current job vacancies and meet the rest of the team.

Meet The Team – Adam

Starting work here over a year and a half ago as a waiter in the former dining room Adam quickly progressed to become breakfast supervisor. Bur with his heart set on being in the ocean it wasn’t long before he joined the team in The Extreme Academy to become a surf instructor.

Adam

Meet Adam.

How long have you worked at Watergate Bay Hotel?

I’ve been working here for just over a year and a half.

I started working here as a waiter in the former dining room, now Zacry’s, and from there I became a breakfast supervisor.

However, I have always been passionate about surfing and really wanted to join The Extreme Academy team. When the opportunity arose to become a surfing instructor I jumped at the chance. Once I completed the surfing instructor course I joined the team and haven’t stopped having fun since.

How long have you surfed for?

I had my first surf lesson at the age of 19, actually at Watergate Bay. I always came down to Cornwall from Southampton on holidays but didn’t get much chance to be in the ocean. As soon as I learnt to drive I came straight to Watergate Bay to learn to surf. Once I mastered the basics I bought my first board and haven’t looked back.

Because the surf scene in Southampton is basically non-existent my mum thought it was just a phase I was going through. But since turning my passion into a career she’s changed her mind.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

The best thing about my job is being outside and working in the sea with a great team.

Can you sum up your job in three words?

Salty
Wet
Sandy

Adam

Extreme Academy Team

The Extreme Academy team

What you’re not at work where could we find you?

In the sea, out to dinner with my girlfriend or in India.

India?

I go to Kerala, India, during the winter months, from October half term for 5 months, surf guiding and instructing. I love being in the sun so heading to India in the UK’s winter months was the perfect option for me.

How does surfing in India differ to surfing at Watergate Bay?

Surfing in it’s primary form is pretty much the same anywhere you go, it’s the surf breaks and waves that change things. In India the water is a lot warmer as most days your basking in 30 degree heat.

What was the best thing about being in India?

I would have to say, living with the people of Kerala and experiencing a different culture. It is also so nice to be able to surf all year around!

If you HAD to chose between Watergate Bay and India which would you pick?

I think I would have to say Watergate Bay because I know the beach so well and there is a really nice vibe in the water.

See mum I told you it wasn’t just a phase!

Adam-SUP

Take a look at our current job vacancies and meet the rest of the team.

End of Summer Staff Party

At Watergate Bay we’re often told how fantastic our staff are by guests. About how they go above and beyond to provide the best possible experience for them whilst staying at the hotel particularly in summer, and we wanted to celebrate that.

Last night we hosted an end of summer party for all of our staff on the beach. We wanted to bring our whole team together to let their hair down and thank them for an amazing summer.

With the help of delicious food from the barbecue, warmth from the bonfire, music from out talented staff and a few competitive games of volleyball we saw the summer out in style.

Bring on summer 2015!

Volleyball-1

The-Beach-Hut

Kat-and-Becky

Carly

Group

Fisherman

Volley

Volley-Ball

 

Group-photo

SUPadam

Josh-and-Pete

SUP

Lindsay-Guitar

Frenchie

Front-of-house

 

Carl

 

Extreme-Academy

Lindsay

Annabel

Joyce

nick-and-virginia

Volleyball

Damon’s coffee art

Stop and talk to one of our staff at Watergate Bay and you’ll probably discover something very interesting about them, be it they are a professional surfer, are in a band or have a, until recently, undiscovered talent for latte art.

That’s what happened when we stopped for a chat with Damon, Zacry’s.

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Having always had a flare for art, enjoying drawing and sketching, he never realised he could transfer the skill on to the canvas of coffee. On seeing the chaps in the Living Space free pouring flowers and hearts on to the top of their drinks Damon was inspired to give it a go himself. After a litte research into the latte art scene he discovered a group of people in New York drawing on to the foam of a latte ans set about making his own creations.

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It’s been all of two weeks since Damon gave latte art a try and it’s safe to say if he can achieve this is two weeks imagine what he’ll be doing in two months even two years down the line.

Meet the rest of the team.

Strapless Kitesurfing

Strapless kitesurfing combines the best of surfing and kitesurfing in one exhilarating sport.

Strapless Kitesurfing

And you can now learn to strapless kitesurf at Extreme Academy. New this autumn our team are trained to teach the sport. We caught up with them to find out a bit about strapless kitesurfing.

What is strapless kitesurfing?

In essence it’s kitesurfing on a surf board. Using the power of the waves and wind to accelerate along the break and perform different tricks and jumps. Strapless kitesurfing gives you the sensation of surfing whilst using the kite to enhance the experience.

Who can strapless kitesurf?

Strapless kitesurfing is a lot more difficult than just surfing or kitesurfing, it takes a lot of skill and is best suited to those who can already kitesurf confidently. Because you are not attached to the board it’s a lot harder to stay on, you’re constantly working to keep balanced on the board and control the kite. But once you master it it’s totally worth the effort, you get such a huge rush and greater sense of achievement.

At the Extreme Academy strapless kitesurfing is available to those aged 18+ with kitesurfing experience.

Why would you choose strapless kitesurfing instead of surfing?

Like we said you get a huge sense of achievement when you succeed at strapless kitesurfing. Because of the level of skill involved you really feel like you’ve accomplished something, even if you only stand on the board for a few seconds.

As well as this it also allows you to go wherever you want on the beach without having to paddle there. You can head further out back and catch the bigger waves for an even bigger thrill and perform surfing tricks and jumps.

Strapless Kitesurfing Watergate Bay

Watergate Bay Strapless Kitesurfing

Strapless Kite Surfing

Watergate Bay Strapless Kite Surfing

Top 10 tips for a beginner kitesurfer

Kitesurfing is a form of kite boarding that’s specific to wave riding. It’s the ultimate connection between wind and waves.

Josh Coombes Kitesurfing

As a beginner, kitesurfing can look daunting but after a few lessons with Extreme Academy you’ll find it exciting and rewarding.

We spoke to the team in the Extreme Academy to ask for their 10 top tips for a beginner kitesurfer.

Kite Surfing Watergate Bay

1. Be patient

As the saying goes ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’. We can’t stress it enough, kitesurfing isn’t something you can expect to be good at straight away. It takes practice, persistence and patience.

2. Listen

As with anything new, the key is to listen to your instructor, kitesurfing can be dangerous if you don’t.  At the Extreme Academy all of our instructors are qualified lifeguards and have an extensive local knowledge of the sports they teach and Watergate Bay. They understand the currents and rip tides better than anyone so it pays to listen to whatever they say. 

3. Don’t kitesurf by yourself

Even the best kitesurfers head to the waves with a partner or group of friends. You’ll always need someone to cast and land your kite. If a strong gust of wind comes and you haven’t got someone to hold on to, you could end up doing a bit of paragliding.

4. Practice

Time for another cliche quote? Practice makes perfect. Whilst no kitesurfer is perfect, there are always new things to learn, it’s true that the sport takes a lot of practice. Don’t be disheartened if you didn’t land your trick first time, or even the twentieth time, just keep going.

5. Practice recreational flying

Mastering how to handle a kite with your feet on solid ground is essential. If you can learn how to control a kite on land it’ll be easier and more instinctive when you are in the sea riding waves.

Watergate Bay Kitesurfing

6. Have the correct equipment

A workman is only as good as his tools…ok we’ll stop now, but you need to have the best equipment for kitesurfing so that you’re safe. New equipment is always being lreleased and as the sport is relatively new we’d advise on getting the newest and best kit you can afford.

7. Don’t go out in the wrong conditions

Just because there is wind it doesn’t mean you should go kitesurfing. If in doubt, don’t go out; or second best, ask a lifeguard or one of our team.

8. Have some kite etiquette

This goes for all water sports. Etiquette in the water is important to keep everyone happy and safe. Learn the universal hand signals and kite rules. This is something we teach as part of our kitesurfing lessons.

9. Be confident

Trust your equipment and your ability. Don’t over think everything else you may end up over sheeting or pulling the kite at the wrong time.

10. Have fun

This is the most important tip of all. Have fun, don’t worry if things don’t go perfectly, we want you to laugh when you fall off and soldier on! Determination is the key.

Kitesurfing Watergate Bay