So much of what I do when I coach and teach surfing, stand up paddling and mindfulness yoga is about being in the moment with my students; to hear, see and witness them, to carefully observe so I can see where to suggest, cue, or support them in realizing a wave caught, the balance of a paddle stroke or the exaltation of attaining a new yoga asana (pose). The pleasure I receive in serving them to achieve their personal desires, goals and aspirations, gives me much Joy!
The blissful gleaming faces of students paddling back out, the moments I see them with glowing smiles after they have caught their first waves, the elation in their facial expressions when they have dropped in on their first green water takeoff, brings me back to my first ones as well.
There is a circular experience to it all. One where we begin and drop in to ride the wave and then as we surf it with all its challenging and changing dynamics of troughs, shoulders and lips, the wave eventually dissipates and we paddle back out for another. Life is also a circular exchange of energy, it is not linear. Surfing allows us all to feel that sense of Nature’s circularity and deep authentic connection with all that is. Tapping into those rare moments of our true self.