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How to Surf the Waves. Surfing Lessons 101.

Posted Oct 22 2008 4:26pm

I'm participating in Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes for Mom. Some introduction before I'm wordless (OK, mostly wordless)... The Wild Wild West RV Tour is being interrupted. Why? Because I'm impatient. Good enough excuse for me. I have these awesome photos of a new adventure to share & I just can't wait until I'm done with the Wild Wild West RV Tour. But, it will be back next Wednesday. I promise.

So, my family & I recently visited the beaches of Destin, Florida. My family is a bunch of opportunists. When Grandpa lets all the grandkids bury him in the sand up to his neck, they take advantage of the opportunity to give him "sand-boobs" & a grass skirt while he can't do much about it. The pictures are too funny for words. If you missed them, go on over here for a look. You can come right back.

So, one of the nights we were in Florida, there was a huge lightning & thunderstorm. The next day there was 4-6 foot waves on the usually calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico because of the storm. My family took advantage of this opportunity to try their hands at surfing the waves.
Now, Paratrooper Man & I grew up in Florida. We're no strangers to the gulf waters. Paratrooper Man used to skimboard, boogey board, body surf and actually surf with a surfboard on the beaches of Clearwater & St Petersburg as a kid. When we were dating as kids, he had a blonde 'fro and could usually be found in just shorts. No shirt. No shoes.
Paratrooper Man ~ early 1980s ~ 25+ years ago
surfsup
Paratrooper Man ~ late 1980s ~ 20+ years ago
surfsup
Proved my point. On to the show. ~ Ta Da! Welcome to our show.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
The longer the board, the easier it is to control.
How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Let the littlest one (Goldilocks, age 8) go first. Paddle out to where the small waves are breaking.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Help her catch a wave. Let her go. Watch her smile.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Let the bigger kids (Drama Queen, age 12) go now. Please note hair & make-up must be done.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Swim past the smaller waves to where the bigger waves are breaking.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Turn towards the beach. Look behind you for a big wave coming.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Climb back on if a wave knocks you off.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Just as the wave crests... paddle like heck.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Ride the wave & let it carry you to shore.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Laugh, smile & say "That was awesome!"

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Time to let the old guy (Paratrooper Man) see if he can still stand up on a surf board.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Up on his knees.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Almost to his feet.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Split second on his feet. Hands wildly waving in the air.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Have fun. Smile. Attempt 10,000 more times.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Old guy paddling like heck.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Old guy catching a wave.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Old guy on his knees riding the crest of the wave.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
Old guy on his belly riding the wave all the way into the shore.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.

He's still got it. Old Guys Rule.

How to Surf. Surfing Lessons 101.
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