We only had a few days in Hawaii, and the highlight of the trip for Gorgeous Girl was the opportunity to try surfing for the first time. We found an instructor who operated away from the main tourist beaches (and hence was much less expensive) and he was great.
Gorgeous Man also took part in the lesson. Before they were allowed in the water with the boards they had to practice on land.
Practicing their moves…
We had brought Gorgeous Girl’s wetsuit with us and Al the instructor provided a life vest. Gorgeous Girl was very confident in the water thanks to all the snorkelling in Fiji last year, and the life vest added to that water confidence. They started in close to shore.
Standing up with the board supported.
Standing on her own catching a very small wave!
Then it was time to paddle out to the break and catch some real waves.
Gorgeous Girl did really well, unfortunately my camera didn’t zoom that far and all of the pictures of her surfing at the break are blurry. She fell off a few times, but climbed right back on and kept going. She managed to catch a lot of waves and stood up more than she fell off. The beach was perfect – uncrowded and the water was very calm. I’m pretty sure that she’s going to want to try surfing again on an Australian beach very soon.
Hawaii was a great way to end the trip and I’m hoping that we have created some memories that will stay with us for a very long time.