Surfin’ Safari

What do you do in southern California? You go surfing, of course!

We’d listened to too many Beach Boys songs to not try surfing. I must admit, I was slightly nervous. What if I hit my head on the board, knocked myself out, and drowned? Ok, maybe I wasn’t worried about that. Maybe. But I was excited.

We got there early. Since Boyink, Miranda, and I were the only ones signed up for that one time, we pretty much started when we got there. It took me almost 5 minutes to get the wetsuit on. They are really, really tight! I thought I had lost circulation a short time after putting it on. After we had suited up, we walked down to the beach. Our instructor, Richie, walked us through all the steps needed to get from paddling to standing. It seemed like the instructions took forever. We finally hit the water. I was the first one out. Richie got us started with the waves, so no need to launch ourselves. He launched me, and I actually stood and rode my first wave. It was incredible.

The other two didn’t get so lucky. Miranda couldn’t seem to be able to stand at all. It took a while, but she finally got up. Boyink took a couple tries, and he was riding the waves himself. We kept surfing until we were exhausted. Miranda almost fell asleep on her feet on the way back to the truck.

I absolutely loved surfing. I almost wonder if I’m a southern Californian by heart. I am coming back here again to surf, no matter who’s with me. I can’t wait to hit the waves again.

Editors note: We attended the Eli Howard Surf School at San Elijo State Beach and paid $65 each / $195 total for a two-hour lesson. We stayed at the nearby Del-Mar fairgrounds since the state parks were expensive and booked.

We went to the Eli Howard Surf School at the San Elijo State Park

We went to the Eli Howard Surf School at the San Elijo State Park

The storybook surfer's life living in an Airstream

The storybook surfer's life living in an Airstream

Who needs a building to have a living room?

Who needs a building to have a living room?

Artistic shot

Artistic shot

Wetsuits take forever!

Wetsuits take forever!

Lessons

Lessons

The Stance

The Stance

Ready to hit the water

Ready to hit the water

Ready?

Ready?

Riding the Wave

Riding the Wave

Still upright!

Still upright!

Coasting it in

Coasting it in

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing

Storybird re-enters the water to try again

Storybird re-enters the water to try again

Storybird lauched

Storybird lauched

Finally!

Finally!

Happy with her success

Happy with her success

After surfing

After surfing

Rinsing off

Rinsing off

Rinsing off

Rinsing off

Even longer to take off

Even longer to take off

Boyink biffs

Harrison rides one in

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5 Comments Surfin’ Safari

  1. Picture of WheelingitWheelingitMay 17, 2013

    Yeah! You got to surf!! San Elijo is simply the best. So glad you got to experience it.
    Nina

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 17, 2013

    Yep - had a blast. Feeling it today!  I can see getting into it if we were around waves a lot. Such simple fun.

  3. Picture of Steph@BestKidFriendlyTravel[email protected]May 20, 2013

    I have always wanted to try surfing. It looks so hard, but I guess if one can skateboard, it’s maybe similar?  Great pics!

  4. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 21, 2013

    I think you’d be OK Steph - I skateboarded a bit as a kid but spent hours and hours on a “snurfer” - which is basically a board that you stand on to go down a snow hill.  I knew I could figure the balance out - it was just the “pop-up” that I had to learn. Took a couple tries and I got it.

  5. Picture of StorybirdStorybirdMay 21, 2013

    Yeah, surfing was awesome. That’s one thing to check off of my bucket list. I want to try it again sometime; maybe step up a level and learn how to spot and surf my own waves.

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