Monday, August 9, 2010
Surfing With Dad
Over the weekend I was finally able to do something I had wanted to do for some time. I got my dad out in the water on a surfboard. He's a SoCal native and grew up on the beach. For the last several years he's been on dry land and doesn't live in SoCal any longer. He's east a bit in a landlocked area.
My dad was a teen back in the Beach Blanket Bingo days and rode the giant longboards of that day. Saturday would be the first time he tried to surf since the late 1960's.
I've got a very nice 8' board that has a lot of stability and volume that I put him on. It's super light compared to what he used to ride. He was stoked to be back in the water for sure. It was quite different than what he remembered. Unfortunately, my brother and his wife forgot the camera so we didn't get any good vids of anything funny for my other brothers to check out. We've only got a few still pics from cell phones.
I also had my two nephews out in the water. They were trying to get the hang of surfing by using my shorter board (6'8"). After I was done helping everyone else I hopped on the 8' and had some really great rides. We were at a spot that I hadn't been to since I was in high school. I forgot how great it was and plan to hit it again very soon.
P.S. I talked to dad the next day and he felt great and couldn't wait to try it again! My nephews are pretty stoked too.