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The Real Meaning of Surfing

Having children certainly changes the role that surfing plays in our life, especially when that child is autistic.  Read the beautifully written article by Jim Moriarty, CEO of The Surfrider Foundation, who discusses what surfing means to him.

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Surf Like a Girl is Back!

Surf Like A Girl 300dpiSurf Like a Girl is now in its second edition, with updated content and information.  The book that started it all is now available in both print and Kindle formats.  Buy it today on Amazon.  See you in the water!

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We Just Love Carissa

This two-time ASP Woman’s World Champion has some great things to say.  Check out Carissa Moore’s open letter to Surfer Magazine here.

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Go Surf!

As a working mom, I have precious little time to surf these days.  When I do, the time and date are dictated–a day off from work and a babysitter or a willing husband are necessary.  That means anytime this coincidence occurs, I grab my gear and paddle out. Sometimes I don’t even bother to check Surfline or even walk down from my parked car to check out the waves.  I just suit up, grab my board, and go.

It used to be that I was rather picky about my surf sessions: the wave height had to be in my comfort zone, the tide and wind had to be just right. Now, not so much.  This had lead to some surprising revelations and circumstances. Most importantly, surfing is fun no matter what–big days, little days, high tide, low tide. And not being such a surf report snob also led to a solo surf session at Surfrider–unbelievable!

So I am just saying, if you have a free moment, make the most of it. Go surf!

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Pregnancy and the Surfer Girl

Well, I have been out of the water for a while…6 months so far. And the reason, and the only thing that could really keep me away, is that I am pregnant.  I consulted with various doctors in the area who all advise against surfing when you are pregnant.  This in no way came as a surprise.  The reasons are obvious.  At the beginning you feel like crap and want to sleep all til_fullxfull.324480421he time.  Even the lull of waves couldn’t get me up in the morning.  Also, as the first three months are a critical time for the baby; the danger of falling hard, someone (or your own board) hitting you, or just twisting the wrong way, all seem too risky.  In the second trimester, the above still holds true and the idea lying on your belly just sounds horrible.  Even if you knee paddle, your range of motion is diminished…you have a big belly in the way.  So for me, and I recommend for any other pregnant surfer ladies, I am choosing to stay out of the water until baby arrives safely in the world.

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NY Times Article on Surfing Fitness

Those of us who surf may already know, but one study shows that surfing is a great workout.  According to an expert cited in an article posted today on the New York Times Phys Ed section, “surfing is a considerable workout requiring high-level aerobic endurance.” The article goes further to suggest physical activities for the wannabe surfer. Love the legitimacy of our sport!

Go to the NY Times website to read the full article here.

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