Tuesday, June 12, 2012
BBL 2011-2012 | Try to Surf
#7 TRY TO SURF
Why did I include this on my Bucket List?
Every time I have seen surfing in a movie, or IRL, it looked like so much fun that I wanted to try it for myself.
Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?
It was so much better than I expected! I thought it would be really hard to stand up and balance, but it really wasn't. I never expected to be able to stand up on the board, but I was able to get to a standing position from my very first attempt.
We opted to take surfing lessons for one of our excursions while we were on the island of Kauai. The instructors started out by showing us how to stand up while we were still on land, and then we took our boards and headed off to the water. (Only I'm such a wimp that I couldn't carry mine and one of the instructors had to do it for me!) Then we took turns paddling out to one of the instructors, who would wait for a wave to come and then give us a push into it and tell us to paddle and then stand up.
I'm sure it would have been much harder without the instructors telling us exactly what to do and when to stand! Even so, I'm sure that if I lived some place with easy access to an ocean, I would continue surfing. I had an insane amount of fun, even if I did come home covered in bruises from the board knocking me over numerous times when I was trying to wrestle with it in the waves crashing along shore.
I was too busy learning to surf to take any action shots, but here is a photo of Kevin and I after we were all done with our lesson...
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