Often thought about as a young man’s sport, I was elated to hear that all of my friends were up for trying surfing for the first time in Tofino. A world-class surfing destination, the big waves looked a bit intimidating until I explained that we’d be playing in the smaller surf while we developed our skills.
We geared up at the Surf Shop (more like a Surf Spa) just a few steps away from our front door at the Long Beach Lodge Resort.
Once we were in full gear, we headed down to the beach and our inspiring instructor Ava posed a question, “What are you most nervous about?” Sarah shared that she was worried she was going to be too cold. Katelynn was also worried about the chilly temps as well as getting hurt falling. But once they hit the water, the temperature was the last thing they were talking about… how could they through their ear to ear smiles!
They were transformed from newbies to official surfers within an hour and both fell in love with the sport. After the lessons, I asked them “If you could tell your newbie self something what would it be?” And they said: “ It’s not as hard as you think, the wetsuit really keeps you warm and it is way more fun than you expect!”
So these ladies proved that you’re never too old to try something new and I walk away with two more surfing buddies. A win-win if I do say so myself.