surfing’s a lot of hard work

April 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I have a feeling my arms will be pretty sore tomorrow from my first surfing lesson today.

When you watch from the beach it always looks like surfing is a pretty peaceful & chill activity, but it’s a lot of work to paddle out. It takes an enormous amount of upper body strength that I wasn’t expecting.

After an hour & 1/2 my arms were shaking and I just couldn’t paddle anymore much less hardly lift the surfboard to make it back to the car. Although I still didn’t stand up yet, I did make it into what I’ll call the “proposal position”, down on one knee riding a couple of waves in. I was pretty happy with that given I haven’t even been in the ocean itself for a few years.

I thought I’d hate the cold, but I really didn’t notice after a minute & it felt so good once you paddled out to sit and just roll with it. We even saw a few dolphins. I think I was just too tired and maybe a little scared to pop up today, but I’m going to go for it again tomorrow. It’s pretty hard right now but I can totally see loving it once you get the hang of it.

I did get pummeled a couple of times by some larger waves but Kim, the instructor, was good about explaining what to do so I was fine. My poor friend Amy did end up doing some somersaults underwater and got a little shellshocked by it. Those were only about 3 ft. waves, so it really put into perspective how crazy it is when people start getting on 10ft. + waves. I can’t fathom how bad it would hurt to get hit by one of those.

I hope my arms will be functioning tomorrow for lesson #2… So far it’s been a blast. It may make me regret moving from the beach to the mountains…

I would take more pictures but I didn’t want to leave anything valuable on the beach…lest anyone think I was just posing with a board. 🙂

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