If you are reading this you are probably interested in learning to surf & most likely with some doubt in how well you will do.
If you are hesitating because you feel fearful or out of shape or for any other changeable reason I have been there.
My fear of waves held me back for a long time, I would try & quit & try again but never really committed.
But then something tragic happened in my life & the only place I wanted to be was the ocean.
The weight of what was happening would lift as I put my focus on the waves & surfing. When I would get out of the water, I was certain something had shifted.
I felt lighter, happier & sure of the ocean's magic.
2 Foot waves scared me though, everything seemed to scare me, but I kept showing up & getting more & more used to the water.
I got in the pool & begin swimming laps, I begin padding in the ocean on my board to build up my back muscles, I spent hours watching others surf, I dedicated myself to the sport & finally began to improve. It didn't take long to get hooked.
Surfing had in some mysterious way become a friend & a gift.
Now here I am taking people surfing, teaching them the basics & sharing in their day of trying to surf or the months of repeated effort.
What a great job right?!
For those of you that are nervous, let me break down a surf lesson:
we will be in friendly water, you will be safe on a foam board next to me, there are no rocks and the worst that can happen is you fall in waste deep water...
if you can jump & swim you will be great!
When you see someone riding a beautiful wave, there are several things have lined up to allow this to all come together. At our lesson you will begin to understand all that goes into surfing a wave & reading the direction of the waves & how to keep yourself & others safe in the ocean.
It is all learning at a surf lesson, every moment, the failed attempts, the time between waves, watching others surf, even the falling off the board, it becomes clear there is more to surfing than standing up. The more you are in the water, the more you try and experience the more you will know how to deal with & how to react. You will learn to be present, to not give up & most certainly you learn to laugh at yourself.
Take a chance, a challenge, maybe you will be surprised...you never know how a new passion will play a part in your life.
Whether you are 6 or 60 I promise you won't regret it.
Look forward to surfing with you soon.
Your surf guru,
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