Endless Summer Surf Camp

Written by Misha Troyan


Endless Summer Surf Camp

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Dawn patrol. The morning is exploding out ofrepparttar east, a half-box of crayons streaking acrossrepparttar 137737 sky.

Slowly, reluctantly, a bed-head emerges fromrepparttar 137738 warm confines of a sleeping bag, followed by an arm, then a body. Eventually there are four or five of us milling about, sleepy-eyed, blinking awayrepparttar 137739 night. One of us is munching away on Raisin Bran,repparttar 137740 staple of his morning breakfasts, withrepparttar 137741 thousand-mile stare of a man sleep-deprived. Another is finding comfort in his coffee, and well, he should, considering he wokerepparttar 137742 surf camp staff at 6 a.m. to get it. When we find out that that only those with their own equipment can hitrepparttar 137743 water, we are disappointed, but understandrepparttar 137744 liability issues. So we are reduced to spectators, watching fromrepparttar 137745 bluffs aboverepparttar 137746 beach. The sunrise has reachedrepparttar 137747 far horizon now, where ocean is beginning to distinguish itself fromrepparttar 137748 sky. Down below, we see several lone surfers paddling intorepparttar 137749 morning gray, looking for that first set.

Such a devotion to surfing may surprise some, but those familiar with surfing understand. "Once you catch that first wave, when you stand up and you make your first turn, you get hooked," explained Jason Senn, owner of Endless Summer Surf Camp in San Clemente, California. Sun-baked and ocean-washed, Jason has been a part ofrepparttar 137750 camp since 1991, when he was brought aboard as director. According to him,repparttar 137751 most rewarding part of his job is seeingrepparttar 137752 progression of his students throughoutrepparttar 137753 week. In fact, several of his alumni surf competitively today. There is a downside, however. "Surfing can become an addiction. You start making excuses to go surfing. Missing class, missing work." Dawn patrol was a testament to that.

By 9:30 a.m., well after Dawn Patrol had returned from its first foray,repparttar 137754 rest ofrepparttar 137755 day campers had arrived (there were roughly 12 day campers and 12 overnighters). We assembled onrepparttar 137756 beach, and althoughrepparttar 137757 morning fog was still hazy alongrepparttar 137758 beach, it was already growing warm. A soft off-shore breeze carriedrepparttar 137759 smell of salt and sun block. After a quick briefing aboutrepparttar 137760 basics of surfing and water safety, we were matched up with our instructors, about 3 students per staff member. After a few more detailed lessons, we hitrepparttar 137761 surf.

Three things I learned this day: 1) Surfing is tough. One aspect that is not emphasized on TV is paddling out. Getting pounded by wave after wave while your shoulder and trapezius muscles are screaming Fire! with exertion makes you very humble, very fast. There's a reason why surfers lookrepparttar 137762 way they do; 2) You can't breath underwater, and 3) I don't plan on quitting my day job to joinrepparttar 137763 pro surf tour any time soon.

Vertical Truth Surfing Vero Beach, Florida

Written by Mike


Vertical Truth Surfing Vero Beach, Florida

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"You gotta want to do it you have got to want to SURF!"

These words come from Lou Maresca as I sit listening in a pavilion at Fort Pierce State Recreation Area just south of Vero Beach, Florida. I had come to write an article on his school and attend a session of classes and I have to admit I had not really givenrepparttar issue all that much thought. I mean, after all, how hard can it be?

Well, I'll tell you what - it ain't easy! But if you are aged 7 to 70 and in relatively decent shape, Lou and his crew will teach you how to surf. They claim a success rate of 95% and I believe them, having seen as much with my own eyes. Lou pioneered East Coast surf schools some years ago, works out of a beautiful facility, has tons of experience, and uses quality equipment. Do not be fooled by imitators.

Before class started Lou personally spoke to each potential student and intensively asked some questions about their abilities and experiences:

He was a very serious and focused, clearly a professional gaugingrepparttar 137736 strengths and weaknesses of his clients. Nextrepparttar 137737 payments outstanding were dealt with, all accomplished with very little hassle. Lou makes family discounts and will take checks (Florida only). This was aboutrepparttar 137738 timerepparttar 137739 comment that opens this story was heard. One ofrepparttar 137740 students was not sure she was into it and it became clear that Lou had been here before. I figured out later he simply didn't want to be wasting anyone's time duringrepparttar 137741 lessons to be dealing with a situation he could handle right now. He assuredrepparttar 137742 young lady that his feelings were not onrepparttar 137743 line, he just wanted to make sure they weren't going to have to be talking anyone into anything once out inrepparttar 137744 water. She said she wanted to surf and we were off.

Lou's school has a couple different levels of instruction: those who know how to surf and those who don't. Those who have surfed before and are fairly competent atrepparttar 137745 basics of surfing will receive personal instruction atrepparttar 137746 hands ofrepparttar 137747 master. They will proceed directly torepparttar 137748 water and Lou will watch them surf for a bit, then he'll join them inrepparttar 137749 water and assist them inrepparttar 137750 finer points of choosing waves and getting up to speed so as to overtake and meld with them for a free ride torepparttar 137751 beach. He will fine tune their technique and do some surfing himself, allowing them to see how it's done. The other group of students, those who have not surfed before or who are still working onrepparttar 137752 basics of paddling out and into waves and then popping up on their boards, will stay for an hour of instruction back atrepparttar 137753 pavilion before proceeding torepparttar 137754 water. That was for me and half a dozen children, I'd say from ages 7 to 13.

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