50s the new 30s, 60s the new 40s and 70s… one of my students was turning 69. Ellen had the lean body of a 20 something, her mind as sharp a precision instrument and her spirit inspired me. I was in awe of her and honored to share my knowledge of surf. Age is not presenting any barriers with this sport at least from what I can see. Last weekend, I was blessed once more to share the gift of surfing with two women both in their mid 60s. Avid skiers and daily workouts at the gym, Sylvia and Evelyn both were natural athletes and we soon find out in the water as well. Although, Evelyn had a neck issue that prevented her from popping up, I was amazed by her agility, balance and board handling while paddling around and through the the whitewater. Sylvia with a minor knee issue was determined. Using a step-by-step method and progression to a surf stance, Sylvia was riding out three waves in no time. I was amazed by their determination and truly inspired. They left me feeling with a sense of accomplishment and appreciation for living life to the fullest!
Kihei in his heat showing off with his tennis ball. Go Kihei! Next event is Sunday September 29, Dog Beach, Huntington Beach. See ya there!
Surf Dog Kihei caught on video getting ready for his upcoming competitions at Surf Dog Surf A Thon, Del Mar, CA on September 8 and Surf City Surf Dog, Huntington Beach, CA on September 29. Go Team Kihei!!!!
Click here for Kihei off the lip and floater video at goldenwest doggie beach
We love surfing and teaching and we look forward to introducing you to this life changing sport, otherwise known, as passing the stoke! We’ll teach you all the basics, including water safety, proper paddling technique, wave formation, catching waves, the pop-up, the proper stance for riding waves, and just plain having fun!
CERTIFIED SURF INSTRUCTOR
Jill Nakano is an NSSIA certified surf instructor, and just recently achieved the title of Senior Surf Instructor, by completing a thorough certification process given by the National Surf School and Instructors Association (NSSIA). She has been surfing up and down the sunny Southern California coast for the last 25 years.