Surfing was something that I thought would be easy. But boy, was I completely wrong. Surfing was probably one of the hardest things I've ever attempted to do, but I'm at least proud that I tried!! Rayna coordinated a day for us where the Newcastle Surf School taught our whole program how to surf. All of the American exchange students in our program participated, and it was at 9am on a Sunday after a night out (which wasn't the best idea), but that's alright, it was all about the experience.
We got to Nobby's Beach and picked out our surfboards, (I got a pink one), and geared up in our cool surf shirts. I was really nervous because first of all, I was scared of the ocean. I don't hate the ocean, but their were several shark sightings two months ago at the beach we were surfing at. Not to mention, the morning time is when the sharks feed and are closest to the shore... so yeah, I was pretty freaked out. The waves were also fairly rough so I tried to catch the smaller ones when they crashed closer to shore.
Luckily, one of the surf instructors was nice enough to take me out on my board and help me catch waves. Catching the waves was the easy part, but the hard part was actually standing up. It was so difficult to keep my balance and to put all of the technical movements together once it was time to push myself up. Unfortunately, I never got up on the board but I'm glad I got the chance to try surfing! Hopefully I can do it again and eventually learn to actually be good at it. Hey, at least I got some cute pictures though :)