Stevie and I went down the shore for the first time of the season today, and I finally managed to try surfing for the first time in my life. Ocean City, NJ is not known for monster waves, so it's a nice place for beginners.
Took a lesson with 7th Street Surf Shop for an hour, then had the board for another half hour to myself.
When I was a ski instructor years ago, during my downtime I taught myself how to snowboard. I only ever got good enough to slowly make my way down blue trails. Well... surfing was just as difficult. Standing up and balancing were easy enough, but knowing how to read the waves and when to paddle and stand up were what made it so challenging.
There were brief moments when I could really see the appeal of surfing, when I felt so in tune with the water and my board, but it would probably take me an entire summer of practicing before I would start to enjoy it on a regular basis.
I'll probably try it again this summer, but for now, I'll just stick to running.