Am I the only one who hears the theme song to Jaws playing over and over in my head when swimming in open water?
Last week I finally conquered my fear of deep water and the possibility of losing a limb to a hungry shark. I took my very first surf lesson while visiting Maui for a friend’s wedding and it was unbelievable! Let’s get one thing straight; I love the water and enjoy paddle boarding among other water activities. What I don’t love is leaving my feet to dangle off a board in the wide open ocean where god knows what is in the sea below me. Ack! It gives me the heeby jeebies just thinking about it! But alas, I sucked it up because dammit I wanted to surf and I wasn’t about to let my fear get the best of me.
I roped the brides niece into taking a private lesson with me and seriously it was the best thing we could have done. Kelly Potter of Maui Surfer Girls was so chill, it calmed our nerves hearing her words of positivity and encouragement before we even trekked into the water. She explained each movement as if we were doing yoga poses on the surfboard, um hello I can do that I thought to myself. Finally, the moment of truth came. Into the water we went, way, way, WAY out there! Not gonna lie, I was freaking out a little (okay A LOT!) Again, Kelly assured us that we were strong and we could do this. A wave started coming my way and she said okay get ready to start paddling. Faster and faster I paddled as I felt the wave lift up the back of my board. Boom, I was up on the first try! I think I screamed and giggled the whole time I rode my first wave! What an exhilarating experience! All fear was gone and I was ready to get after it again.
Cassie and I ended up surfing for a good two hours after that, catching almost every single wave, who knew we would have so much fun! Our faces must have been on perma-grin status the whole time. 🙂
I said yes to new adventures and I’m glad I didn’t succumb to my fears!
“The very basic core of man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
If you’re ever on the beautiful island of Maui and you’re looking for a new adventure I highly recommend you look up Maui Surfer Girls!Follow Nicole Darabi on Instagram.