We had to take a surf lesson in Huanchaco. Not only is surfing there some of the best in Peru, it’s also something we had been wanting to try for a long time. With consistent breaks and a swell coming in, Huanchaco was the ideal place to take our first surf lesson.
Randy, the owner of My Friend Surf Shop, is a stand up guy. He doesn’t speak perfect English but was still able to convey his message of what we needed to do for our next wave. Tyler got up on his second wave and Rebecca got up on her 4th. It was an awesome feeling to attempt something completely new to both of us and succeed.
Unfortunately, after the “high” of getting up on those early waves, the rest of our lesson didn’t go so well. Tyler seemed to have lost his knack and struggled to get up anymore. Rebecca got caught in a current and was hit with wave after wave (“stuck in the washing machine”) while floating away from our instructors. It was hard to get back on track. The waves proved to be reckless and unpredictable for a couple of Canadians who grew up far from the ocean.
Immediately following our lesson we were admittedly disappointed in our first experience. We’re both perfectionists who are, well, used to being good at stuff. But, after a beer and talking to a volunteer at My Friend Hostel our spirits had been lifted. Alex from California, thanks for your words of encouragement. Like you said, the first times out can be “slightly demoralizing” but we’re looking forward to our next lesson and our next wave.
Learning to surf, as with most new things in life, taught us more than just how to stand on a surf board. It helped teach us patience and it definitely us taught that surfing is not as easy as it looks. Thank you Randy for an educational first surf lesson!