Take Surfing Lessons

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When I first put this item on my bucket list, I never thought I’d be crossing it off in Australia and at first, wondered when I would be crossing it off at all. But as part of the study abroad program I did, in Melbourne, Australia, we were given the option to sign up for surfing lessons at Bells Beach and the experience was incredible.

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We were all given matching wetsuits, though they ran out of blue wet suit shirts, which we were told were to identify us in case we drowned; I wound up being one of the unidentified in my black wetsuit. We first started out on the sand, where we practiced critical moves we were told we’d need to surf, such as “the chicken.” Our instructor was a riot and often lifted us of the boards if we were not situated correctly.

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As someone who is so clumsy a friend once asked if I was tripping so much on purpose, I didn’t expect to catch any waves. While my expectation proved true, I did manage to stand a few times toward the tail end of a few of the waves. Even so, the experience was the fun part.

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We surfed for a few hours, then had lunch, and some of us, me included, went right back out there. When we tired of surfing, we started playing games in the water, put all of our surfboards together, and tried to see who could run across all of the boards without falling. We also had a few “survival of the fittest” rounds with America vs. Australia. Unfortunately, the Australian girl, who was one of the coaches, knocked me down first, despite the motivational cheers of USA, USA from my peers!

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While taking surfing lessons in Australia was one of the best experiences of my life, I would recommend taking them anywhere. Despite my lack of coordination, surfing is something I definitely want to try again.

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So does anyone surf/has taken surfing lessons before? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Apologies for the long hiatus, but I have just returned from my trip! Hope everyone is well.

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58 Responses to Take Surfing Lessons

  1. Margo Blue says:

    Yayyy! Thanks for sharing! This is also on my bucket list! Can’t wait. Great pictures, too! You’re so fun! :-)

  2. I actually never have! Shocking, I know, considering my nationality. I’m glad you had a ball!

  3. Annette says:

    I have only tried surfing once, without a lesson, and did not catch a wave. I actually ended up with bruises on my hips from trying so hard! I look forward to trying again one day…

    • Aww haha Annette, that sounds like me, but it’s awesome you were determined :)! That’s sort of how I felt, and was disappointed when we had to leave. Hope you get the chance to try surfing again sometime!

  4. I love taking the rescue board out on the beach my boyfriend works at. I suck- I fall… but there is a calm on the ocean that is perfect to just lay out on.

  5. :) iconic beach to have your surfing lessons at. I had mine at Alexandra Heads in Queensland on my honeymoon. Was fun, but it was something to tick off a list so to speak as I haven’t surfed again.

  6. Hey Christine, welcome aboard! (no pun intended :) ). Glad you are enjoying the Aussie sun & surf. By the time you leave, you will be up there with the big boys…maybe tackling some of those wave’s like the pro’s :) Enjoy your journey! Namaste

  7. kaymarie2140 says:

    Wow surfing looks like so much fun…did you find it hard? I hope your having a great time in Australia! :)

  8. I love surfing, its such a rush! It’s great you gave it a go never stop! :)

  9. Mike says:

    Enjoy Victoria (where we pile on the weather for damp shivering yanks) :D

  10. Wow I’d love to take surfing lessons!!! I took my deep sea diving license last year but haven’t crossed surfing off my list yet. Looks like fun.

  11. lruthnum says:

    Great pics – this sounds amazing! Definitely something I need to try when I go to Oz next year – would love to learn to surf!

  12. Looks like a blast! What a wonderful experience!

  13. This is so cool! Be safe!

  14. Great photos! It looks like so much fun! After seeing the movie, Soul Surfer, back in 2011, my then 12-year old daughter decided she was saving for a surfboard and learning to surf. We live in upstate New York!!? Undeterred, she saved all her money, we found a surf shop and she bought a long board. We’ve been to Florida with her a few times and she’s had the opportunity to surf! When we’re not in Florida, the 7′ board hangs on her bedroom wall. Her entire room was completely redecorated to reflect surfing and Bethany Hamilton’s inspiring story. Thanks for your awesome post! :)

  15. Looks like an amazing time! Despite growing up in Southern California, I’ve never really considered surfing, but this post definitely makes me want to try it. :)

  16. This brings back memories Christine…surfing was also on my bucket list, but I crossed that one off during my trip to Costa Rica in 2011. There are no words to describe that feeling once I finally was able to get up and ride a wave. Incredible feeling of being in the moment. Can’t wait to do it again.

  17. Congratuations! It’s on my top five things to do this year. Great picture too. Way to go!

  18. harperariley says:

    You look like you had amazing fun. Total respect for getting up there and representing USA too =D

  19. Hi there! Well I just started working on a list with my friends and we added surfing! This post made me feel like it was such a good decision! Awesome post by the way -Potter

  20. tbonerunner says:

    Surfing in Austrailia was a lot harder than Hawaii. The waves broke so close to the shore. Great post and pictures.

  21. e1w4 says:

    Unforunately I live nowhere near a beach (Manchester, England) but I would love to be able to surf! Your pictures look great, it looks like such fun. I need to add this to my ‘bucket list’ too :)

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  23. Tried surfing in South Africa which was a nice experience because I didn’t even require a wet suit and could still keep warm enough. Surfed in Hawaii which went well except when I was carrying the surfboard, it caught a gust of wind and “kerplunk” I slipped on the slimy path in the ocean and down I went. So, not a “surfing” accident persay… But a walking with a surfboard accident. I’ve surfed here in my home province up in Tofino on the coast of B.C., Canada and both times that was an awesome experience… Although MUCH colder! Surfing is so exhilarating! Love that you had a great experience!

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  25. lazloferran says:

    I shall be following you closely; you surely have a great zest for life! Is there any particular reason you want to cram as much in as posssible? I fear my eyes are BIGGERt – than MY bucket. I have done a heck of a lo- too much to fit in one bucket.

    • Thank you so much :) And haha, I know what you mean; I guess I have that problem too! And for me, I just find it a lot of fun trying to pursue new activities and adventures, but know that if I put them in writing, I’ll be more likely to go through with it!

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