It was extremely competitive in the water.
And yet here I am, living in Mexico specifically so I can have more opportunities to surf. It is not uncommon to see teenagers drinking in the streets at 3 PM on a Tuesday around here. It is not uncommon for young men to still be up at 10 AM, having not slept from the party, the night before.
I saw a twelve year old rolling a joint in public yesterday. It is easy to pass judgment. But when I look at it from the lens of inequality it explains a lot. I am American. And yet my Mexican boyfriend is not permitted to travel with me to the U. This inequality makes me angry. I told him to keep it, wishing there was more I could do. Is it an issue of American foreign policy, American immigration policy, Mexican government corruption, culture and tradition, the education system?
Yes, probably a mix of all of that. What can be done? Well, that is the part that makes me sad. All I know is that I choose to live among the problem and fight alongside my Mexican brothers and sisters for the equality of all humans, male and female, rich and poor, brown, black and white. When I was a kid there was a photo of a little African boy hanging on the fridge.
About every six months, the photo would get updated and we would receive a letter from this child. And every month my Mom faithfully sent a small amount of money for his school supplies and basic needs. My siblings and I referred to him as our brother. I dream of one day seeing a program that connects surf shops and shapers with up and coming talent from around the world.
In the meantime, this is a reminder to do your part next time you take a surf trip. Bring the bikinis and boardshorts you no longer need. Pack extra bars of wax and leashes to give away.
Everyone has a mismatched set of fins they are no longer using which would be put to way better use with the locals. It costs so much to bring boards back home, consider leaving your old board behind. Also, other items like camera gear and cell phones can also be life-changing for these locals. For people like me who live on a tight budget, there is still a lot we can do. For example, I set up my favorite local ding repair shop with a Facebook page for their business and showed them how to post photos.
When I take photos of the locals I make sure they have access to them. I helped a friend understand Instagram best practices so he could build a bigger following.
I am a guest in this country. We live in a world where politicians want to build walls to separate human beings. Thanks so much for the feedback. I just checked this article and indeed found a few typos which I have fixed now.
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To see the smile on his little face and feel the joy from his soul when he successfully stood up on the board was a moment that provoked tears of joy. At the end of the camp day yesterday, the kids were asked what they were thankful for. He patiently waited for his turn and said he was grateful for surf camp. His parents are too! Thank you for all you do and for sharing your love with the kids.
We will definitely be back next summer. I am writing to let you know that my son and his cousin had a great experience at the Atlantic Beach surf location for Skudin Surf Camp. Brian Powers is great with the kids and runs a very organized ship. The positive energy for the kids was infectious! A big thank you to him and the rest of the staff who worked so hard to make their experience the best. Sincerely, I just had to write to say a huge thanks….
My daughter, was pretty much terrified on day one. She tried to stand, got completely wiped out, and ran to the sand crying that she wanted to go home. Mike took the time to sit down and give her a pep talk, got her back in the water, and from that point forward it was hard to get her OUT….. She was nervous all over again when Mike was assigned to the older group that day, hahah, but Jeff stepped right up and got her going again.
In the meantime, I just had to let you know that the confidence, the joy, and the love of surfing that you have helped instill in her is a gift that I cannot thank you enough for. Just coming off a week of camp for our 10 and 13 y. Great, friendly, thoughtful staff, happy, exhausted and accomplished kids. Hi, I just wanted to thank you for helping us set up the semi-private lesson this past weekend. We definitely plan on coming back several times this summer — at least until we feel confident enough to one day go out on our own. To the Skudin Team, I am writing with great appreciation for all you do to make the Rockaway surf camp such a special experience.
She had an amazing time and said the camp will be a highlight from her summer. Simone was especially grateful to surf with Esteban and Daniel who both challenged her and made it fun. We will definitely be back! With thanks,. Dear Skudin Surf Camp, We want to thank you for providing a safe and fun learning environment for our sons this summer. Your camp at Nickerson was run so well; everything from the convenience of dropping off and picking up, the attentive and knowledgeable staff, and the challenging activities you offered, made for a memorable experience for not only our children, but for us parents as well!
The progress the boys made on their surfboards and skateboards has been remarkable. Have a great winter and we will see you again in the Spring. Warm Regards,. I had two boys in the camp for 4 weeks and it was a truly life changing experience for them. In particular, I want you to know about a few staff members you should feel very proud of and why. Adam does not give up on kids. My son Samuel began the summer seemingly uninterested in the surfing lessons.
He told Adam every day that he only wanted to skate and asked me if he could sit out the afternoons. Adam and I talked about this situation over the course of a few days, before and after camp, and figured out the Sammy was actually cold and nervous about being on bigger waves without a instructor holding the board.