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Lou works with a couple of local surfers who assist him in his classes. Ryan is a 22-year-old surfer gal who sings in a band when not surfing and has a smile that literally bursts out of her when particularly happy surf thought breaks over her mind.
Billy is a 27-year-old business owner (G-Bolt, a company that makes and sells accessories for wake boards) who assists Lou in his spare time for some extra geld. He is also constantly smiling; actually his face looks like it hurts when he isn't grinning
These two were like all surfers I met in that it was easy to see that one thing a surfer loves is anything to do with surfing. They are constantly looking for next wave, a tireless and endless pursuit that seems to them like a natural extension of breathing.
At one point in my day I had asked Ryan if she ever got tired of talking about surfing. She looked at me like I was insane and explained that it was something inside of her, "a drive." Lou had recently been instructing a few Air Force Lieutenants, one of whom observed to him that he was constantly in water, working in it all day, then playing in it; his response to this was that they should think of him as, "an ocean going mammal. I come out of ocean to feed, sleep and one other thing. Then I'm back in water." These guys live to surf and when your class starts you will feel that desire coming off them in waves, and I guarantee you, it is infectious.
My beginners class started with a hefty dose of safety instruction. Ryan was very clear and adamant about potential dangers to be faced in water. Although I never felt any fear of any of things covered when I was actually in water, they do an excellent job of making possible dangers very clear to those who know nothing of ocean.
Everything was covered; from holding your board properly, moving around with it safely in water, and any potentially dangerous ocean fauna you might bump into. Ryan had an instant rapport with kids, and although she allowed their occasional digression, she was expert at bringing them back to task at hand and keeping their attention. If I were going to put my kid into a school to learn how to surf, these folks would be ones I'd want teaching them; safety was a huge priority and yet I don't feel that kids ever thought they were being talked down to. Ryan almost went out of her way to scare us all a bit, to make us know we were participating in a sport that could be dangerous, and in a potentially perilous place as well, although it was all a bit overplayed for awareness:
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