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Strictly for the girls
Emma Fitzhenry, Emma Stokes, Frances Carter and Emma Turner
The Hibiscus team believes some women feel intimidated being taught with men
Women are being offered the chance to learn to surf in what is thought to be one the country's first women-only surf schools.

The lessons at Hibiscus Surf School in Cornwall, which is being launched on Sunday, will cover all aspects of the sport including choosing the right equipment, beach safety and surfing style and fitness.

The recent surge in celebrity and film surfing role models has meant the sport is rapidly becoming more attractive for women.

But the team behind Hibiscus believes that too many girls and women feel intimidated by the prospect of being taught in large classes of men.

We are sure that we'll attract women who have always wanted to try the sport but lack the confidence
Frances Carter

Firefighter and former British longboard champion Emma Fitzhenry is one of the female instructors.

Lifeguard Emma Stokes, surf trainer Frances Carter and swimming teacher Emma Turner make up the rest of team, based at Lusty Glaze beach near Newquay.

Frances says the school was set up to give women the chance to learn to surf and have fun at the same time.

"We are sure that we'll attract women from all over the country who have always wanted to try the sport but lack the confidence," she said.

Free lesson

Women's surfing has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Not only is the women's professional World Championship Tour pulling in record crowds, Britain has a wealth of surfing talent coming up through the ranks.

Current British shortboard champion Tracey Boxall and Helston's Robyn Sunshine Davies are both regulars on the women's World Qualifying Series pro series.

Girls aged 15 and over will have the opportunity to have a free surfing lesson at Sunday's launch.

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