Florida and water go hand-in-hand. No matter where you are in the Sunshine State, you’re never more than 60 miles from the beach. It’s a tough gig but someone has to do it. Snorkeling, paddle boarding, boating, swimming with sharks or dolphins, jet skiing… this is Florida. This is the Salt Life.
Strangely, most outsiders assume that all Floridiots surf. That’s like saying all Yankees know how to ski. False. In fact, I didn’t have my first lesson until a couple of summers ago. My friend K and I went to the beach with The Oceanways. Mr. Oceanway brought his surfboard along so he could teach his son Turtle how to ride the waves. I watched the 9 year old boy paddle out to sea with his dad, wait patiently for the perfect crest and ride the wave like a pro.
If Turtle could do it, I could do it.
When the guys came back up to the sand I asked Mr. Oceanway if he would show me how to surf. Now my track record in the water isn’t the greatest– capsizing boats (3 of them) and getting rescued by lifeguards aren’t unfamiliar to me. Knowing this I was convinced that I would fail at this but I was determined to at least try it.
Mr. Oceanway and I waded out into the chilly Atlantic and he helped me mount the board.