While I try to juggle around my schedule in order to find some time for surfing, I can’t help but anticipate the day when I can bring my daughter out in the water with me. As a working mom of a 5 and a half year old, its not easy finding the time to go surfing – and not feel guilty about leaving her behind, be it at home or in the sand, while I paddle outside to catch a few waves.
Surfing is such a great, bonding experience, and being able to do it with people you love is a bliss.
And that’s not even considering the many benefits surfing brings to a child’s life. Physically speaking, it is a work-out, and so muscles will be working hard – legs, arms, heart, lungs – and brain! Carrying the board, paddling out, dropping into the wave, there are so many muscles involved in all these exercises – and it sure beats running on a treadmill for an hour.
Balance and coordination are also improved for as we all know, standing on a board while its moving requires quite a bit of balance – and concentration.
Surf’s also food for thought- reading waves, considering when to paddle in, when to stand up, what moves to make, when to drop-out… that requires quite a bit of brain-waves, no pun intended! It also builds confidence and self-esteem – nothing quite like dropping into that wave, standing up and staying up, and feeling all the energy of riding it in.
It also helps develop respect - for the other surfers in the line-up and for nature, of course, which allows us to experience all these great swells. And patience and persistence – its not something that you learn from one day to the other, but requires you to keep on trying and practicing. And constantly building on what you’ve already learned, to keep on growing.
Its also a humbling experience, which teaches you that you don’t always know everything, and helps put things into perspective as you sit and watch that big blue ocean outside – be it from the line-up or just from the sand.
And so, while I wait for my daughter’s swimming techniques to improve, its no wonder that I cant wait to bring her to experience all of these wonderful feelings, and to find out herself about all the benefits surfing can bring to your life.
And best of all, surfing has no age limits – the whole family can participate, as long as their willing.
“Boas ondas” and keep on riding.
Carmen Araujo – EasyDrop office-rat and free-time longboarder.