Last Saturday, Mariah and I were in San Diego, and we headed to the beach for lunch. Mariah was instantly enamoured with the beach. She decided that she really wanted to surf, and so she did.
Her instructor was Charlie, and he was great!
All lessons start on dry ground.
Photo op while still dry. The pier makes a great backdrop.
Mariah and Charlie
That girl got up on her very first try...which is unbelievable. The next several pictures are a play-by-play of that first time up on the board!
Notice that HUGE smile!
Most of the 90 minute lesson looked like the next three pictures...a great attempt to get on the board and "something happened." She *really* wanted to get on that board, and she used all of her athleticism to try and get up as often as she could.
On this turn, the board clonked her in the head. That couldn't have felt good!
So, they got out of the water and moved down several yards to find some waves that were a bit more tame.
Charlie watching the waves to find her a good one...usually then he would "push" her into the wave so she didn't have to paddle too much.
This next series is one of those "nearly got up on the board" times. Me and the photographer were on the shore cheering her on!
You me here in the background say, "Oh, shoot." I was pulling for her every time she tried to get up on the board. I knew it was hard, and I knew that she was getting tired.
Cool shot with birds in the background.
This next series is her second time up on the board!!!!!!
...and I caught it on video.....
And she ended on a great note with one final time up on the board...
She absolutely loved this experience! She said again and again that it was her favorite part of the weekend. I have a feeling this won't be her last time surfing.