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Surfing in Mulki
Submitted by ratnesh on 19 December, 2017 - 22:22
Surfing - it brought both excitement as well as fear (will I be able to do it)
You see we aren't used to dancing on the waves.
I too was not sure for me surfing at the age of 49.
But once we reached Mulki, cleaned the beach, did out drill on the beach - all wehad to do was to hit the waves and surf along - we rode, we fell, we had salf water all over and inside us, and we went back for more.
Three days of surfing and we realised how a simple thing (wave) can turn into so much fun as well a sport.
Some of us also struggled to cope with fear on the first - day - here is one child's story:
One child was not very comfortable with swimming as well as with sea. But something in him made him come for the surfing trip.
He was scared - so while he would start the wave - he would not stand up on the surf board - he was too sacred to stand up - and hence eventually just fall off - unable to surf.
This happened for the whole 2 hours on first day - many aborted attempts - the scare just becoming more.
Everytime he came around - all i said to him was its alright to be scared.
In the evening i reinforced this again - but did offer him to visualise in his mind (in the night) that he is able to stand up on the surf board.
Morning during surfing (same story) - so i told him - scare will not go - you will have to stand up with the fear. Once you stand up - the fear will have to decide what to do - go or stay.
Then I told him to say aloud (shout at top of his voice) "i love you fear, i kiss you fear, i hug you fear".
Next wave - he stood up.
Then onwards fear just fell in love with him :-)
We also enjoyed Kayaking and stand up paddling - again getting more friendly with water as well with the balance in our body.
The trip was made even more amazing by the lovely group of people (see https://www.surfingindia.net/mantra-surf-club)
who served us some really delicious veg food. The stay was super and we had a great three days making friends with sea, waves and our bodies and fears.