For many years, one of the items on my bucket list (renamed 40 Fabulous Things) was to learn to surf. Yes, I want to be a surfer girl!
Today was the day I was going to try it out. So,what happens when you start with Kihei Cove and add:
- 18 family members (yeah, I am on vacation in Hawaii with the my very own Shultz family)
- 36 surf booties
- 18 surf boards
- 2 instructors
- 4 hours of paddling, standing, near misses and wipe outs
You get SUCCESS, surfer girls and boys! Every one surfed (yes, stood completely) at least once (and thankfully a photographer was there to provide proof for each of us).
My day started with my camera in hand as the kids started off their fitting and land portion of their lesson. Then I got a few great shots as they picked up their surfboards and migrated to the shore in a single file line. Fired off a few more shots as the lined up their boards and began paddling out beyond the breaking waves. Then, the fun began! The kids made it look easy!!! (I walked out in the water to take a couple hundred shots; what can I say, it takes a lot of shots to get the money ones.)
Then it was the adults turn. We repeated the gear fitting, land lessons, a parading through the park with our surfboards, entering the water and paddling out (further than the kids). That is where our story veered into a bit different direction. Let’s just say it was a little more challenging than the kids made it look. It did get up on my third try, so I have to say I felt a sense of accomplishment! Although it was a little eerie as they sent to of us at once and my Dad seemed like he was less than 10 feet away. Keeping centered on the board seemed to be my biggest challenge. As with the exception of the first time up, forgot there were others that could be headed in the same direction. So, I personally wiped out a few times, drank enough salt water to belch and collided more than once with another family member. My own mother even knocked me off my board! I forgive you, Mom.
And, a mere eight hours later as I write this, I am feeling the stiffness settle into my shoulders. Yes, it was a great workout!