I have decided to be a surfer. No, not the kind that sits at a computer all day and vicariously wanders the world. I mean a hang-ten, narly, hey-dude, get on a surfboard and get into the waves surfer.
I went to Westport, Washington, and enquired at "The Surf Shop" how to engage the services of a surfing tutor. I was given a number, then I called to make arrangements, and planned to meet my instructor the next morning at 9 am. Now I was a bit nervous, not only is this a new thing for me, but the last time I got lessons did not work out so well; I was trying to learn to snowboard so that I could spend more time with my kids. I took some lessons at White Pass, Washington, and spent 2 hours with 16 year-old "Kyle". He was a nice enough kid, but it was difficult, to say the least, for this scrawny kid, who just got his first pimple, to tell a 44 year-old, 6'3, 225-pound crusty cop anything. I shouldn't be too harsh... Kyle got me carving down the mountain, although I blew out my knee (not to worry, all the broken cartilage was surgically removed).
So, there I was at The Surf Shop when a 50 year-old, 6'4, 270-pound ex-hippy looking-dude pulls up in an olive green Malibu convertible. He came right up to me, shook my hand and said, "I'm Barry." He helped me get a rental surf board (the foam-topped kind that tells everyone you are a clueless rookie), and told me to meet him at the beach. I went out, thinking that I would be doing CPR on this guy if he tried anything strenous, and I have a bad record on CPR... 0 for 3.
Well, he wasn't going to surf, just tell me how. We went to a surfing spot and I was starting to get a bit nervous; I did not have a clue what I was doing, and I couldn't even intimidate my instructor. So you can imagine my relief when I arrived and saw the surfing spot; no, it's not that there was no one there, it's just that most of them had a foam-topped board just like me, and they were all splashing around just like I would be doing in about 10 minutes.
Long story short: Barry spent two hours probably wanting to get out and play, but he did impart some surfing tricks to this old dog. Now my kids are both into surfing (they both like snowboarding better, though, but I'm working on it).