Surfing Day at Sandy Bay
Today, students learned how to surf! What a fun experience for everyone. We were driven to Sandy Bay, one of New Zealand’s East Coast, most popular board surfing, beaches. The coastline is absolutely beautiful to look at and to walk. Students received surfing lessons from Tutukaka Surf. It was amazing to see how students went from inexperienced, never been on a surf board before, to being able to stand up on the boards and “ride the waves”. What a memorable experience.
After a few bangs on the head from a board, swallowing sea water, or falling into the water, students were actually able to “surf”. Ben, who has had the opportunity to surf in other locations around the globe, was a natural, and looked like he had been surfing for years. Emma persevered until she was able to stand up and ride the waves into shore. Park did not give up until she was “riding the waves”. Remarkable. Mark S. and Peter were also very well coordinated and looked like they had been doing this for years. Andrew, our English teacher, looked like he was having the most fun of all.
Even the instructors were commenting on how well everyone did in such a short time. Comments such as “this is the best day yet, what a cool activity, I can’t believe I did that” were heard along the beach. Kudos to all who attempted this difficult sport. What an exceptional opportunity to learn something brand new in such a beautiful setting!