This year has proven to be a series of firsts for me. Something in me has pushed for change and pushed for a change for the better. I had always been an adventure seeker. I loved trying new things and was eager to learn a new skill. But this part of me has seemed to fade into a distant memory of a person I once was. I felt the shift as soon as I knew I was expecting my first child. I was recently looking through family photos and a grave realization came over me. I was always the one holding the camera, not participating in the action. I kept scrolling through more and more photos over the last 10 years and I could not find any where I was really "in the game". But the real life-changing moment was when my son wrote a beautiful comparative essay about the two of us. The one stinging line? "My mom and I are so different because I love to try new things and challenge myself but she doesn't. I wish we were more alike in that way." Cue serious tears. But despite my initial hurt and shock, I realized I had been standing on the sideline for too long and it was time for a shift. and what better way to get back "out there" then by heading to Hurley Surf Club grabbing a few waves with a professional surfer?
I visited Hurley Surf Club in Long Beach, NY and had one of the best experiences of my life. We started our morning session with a group (land) lesson to go over a few basic surfing instructions and safety precautions. Hurley Surf Club owner, Will Skudin, led part of the introduction but then carefully watched everyone in the group, carefully appraising each of our moods and assessing our apprehensions or lack thereof. Admittedly, I was among three much younger ladies and was definitely the most apprehensive. My instructor spoke with me for some time, asked me a few questions, went over the basics again, and then we stood up and it was time to ride.
The instructors at the Skudin Hurley Surf Club were professional, patient, kind and very knowledgeable. They set the tone of confidence; empowering each one of us to reach beyond our comfort zone (especially me) and get on on the board and actually catch a wave.
With their guidance, expertise and encouragement, I was able to surf. From the moment we reached the sand, I knew the culture they built would carry me to (at least) execute what I was taught. They pushed us to trust, pull from within and listen. There is nothing quite like the feeling of riding a wave into shore. It's euphoria, peace and solace all wrapped into one experience. (Not to mention the incredible full-body work out!)
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In addition to our professional instructors, we had the chance to meet and chat all things surfing with none other than the water god, professional water athlete, Kai Lenny. He's an incredibly warm-hearted guy and his talent is awe-inspiring. We watched him demo the hydrofoil on the rough and choppy Atlantic and despite the fact that I tossed my cookies in his wake, (there was not enough motion-sickness medication in the world for that boat ride!) he carried himself like a humble and unassuming gentleman~ sharing the inside surf lingo, his own battles with seasickness and how he strives to take every wave as it comes.
Not onlydoes Hurley Surf Club offer one-on-one professional coaching, they also offer personal video coaching. This free service helps you get better in the water. Prepare yourself by signing up online for your surfing to get analyzed by one of their top coaches to immediately improve your skills and take your surfing to the next level.
The team at Hurley Surf Club empowered me, supported me and taught me not only how to ride a wave, but to dive deep, find my inner strength and get back in the game.
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