The past two weeks we’ve been extremely lucky with the weather for our surf classes. The majority of the days down here are cold, foggy and rainy, and we’ve had the students prepared for the possibility of the cancellation of surf classes. However, we’ve woken up to sunshine and relatively warm weather on both of the “surf days”. The kids are improving at a rapid pace. They are getting a feel for paddling out alone, getting seated comfortably on their boards, spinning for waves, popping up, etc. The biggest thing for us is seeing their comfort and confidence grow in the ocean. Some students who were rigid with fear our first few classes now charge out into the surf with enthusiasm. They pay attention to currents and recover quickly from wipeouts. The surf classes have been an incredibly powerful and positive experience for everyone. Unfortunately, next week will be our last class for the winter (June, July and August) as the weather is becoming too cold and the winter time waves are too big for beginners. The gang will continue on with English, environmental, and character development classes as well as swim lessons… We know they’ll be stoked out of their heads to hit the surf when the weather starts to warm back up in September!

Here are some photos from the past two weeks of surf lessons. The water housing has had some trouble with water beading up on the lens, but we’ll have that fixed ASAP. Enjoy.

-WT

Henry and Cintia taking off together.
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Diego’s first time at the beach.
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Steubs and Wiley
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Valeria going down.
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About to take a wave to the face.
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Jesus getting to his feet.
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Super volunteer Jaime.
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Everyone will be psyched to get back in the water come September.
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Diego heading out for his first surf ever.
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The little guy was up and riding after two tries.
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Diego with a very proud Andres.
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Brothers.
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The group from two weeks back (May 2, 2010).
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Henry cheering Jocelyn on.
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Jesus on a nice one.
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Jocelyn developing her own steeze.
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Yeah buddy!
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Cintia stoked on her second session.
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The group from this past week (May 8, 2010).
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Directors.
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