I learned how to surf!

My wife and I went down to Cornwall for our anniversary this last week, and we decided to take surfing lessons. It’s a little embarassing that I’m now 29 and grew up in Southern California1, pretty much in Huntington Beach, and have never surfed in my life. My English wife from Gloucestershire (think countryside) had actually surfed before me. So we decided to learn how to surf on our anniversary2.

Picard laughs at Sean for never having surfed

Even my captain laughs at me for this.

Turns out, I love it.

Sean falls off his surfboard

Just because I love it doesn't mean I'm good at it.

It’s challenging, but achievable, especially if you have a good instructor coaching you (quick plug for the Sennen Surfing Center–they’re great!). It’s been a long time since I had to work that hard physically, and I’ve missed it. Falling back into the frame of mind where I monitor the minutiae of my body’s position and movements took a minute, but once I got it going, I actually managed to start making some real improvements:

Sean manages to ride a wave

Don't get too impressed, this was only one out of gods only know how many rides.

So yea. I’m going back tomorrow, weather permitting. And I’ll be going back in general every chance I get now I think. So much fun. And it’s always cool to see your wife show off how much of a badass she is.

Linnie rides a wave

Seriously. How does she look so cool?

Update 2017-06-08

Went back in today, and started to find the wetsuit a little constricting… so took it off and went back in. I’m not sure any of the people at the surf school thought I was sane after that, but there was apparently an analysis given to my wife of my behavior: ‘Legend.’ I just think the Atlantic’s not as cold as everyone says it is. Huzzah for being the first nutter to take off his wetsuit and surf in just boardshorts of the season!


  1. Seriously. Try explaining to any surfer that you’re from Southern California, let alone Huntington, and have never surfed. It always ends in at least a guffaw. 

  2. Fun fact. We actually were walking along Huntington Beach when we made that decision. 


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