Pacifica State Beach
Last weekend Tyler used a Groupon
to take a 2 for 1, 3 hour course on learning to surf in Pacifica. I was invited to be #2 but had been saying 'no' since he bought the Groupon almost a year ago. The warm weather didn't change my mind, so he extended the offer to a friend from work who has surfed before. I offered to go and take pictures but he thought I'd get bored after 3 hours [and I secretly think he was nervous about learning something new]
. He had the biggest smile when he got home and of course regretted telling me not to come take pictures, so when he decided to go again this weekend, I was invited - both to surf and take pictures! After rearranging the living room for an at-home crash course in surfing, I again declined but agreed to go take pictures and relax on the beach [secret ulterior motive: work on my tan
Pacifica is located just south of San Francisco so it was an easy drive to and from home! Still a beginner, Tyler wanted to go earlier in the day when the waves are calmer. The morning conditions were windy and 'cold' to California standards, but it was starting to warm up when we left around noon. Albeit chilly, the beach was beautiful and we had a great time! Covered in jeans and a sweatshirt to brace the cold, I was stunned [read: thrilled
] to come home to sun-kissed cheeks!
Waiting for Waves
Taking pictures of surfers is hard. Like, really hard. You spend half your time waiting for the right wave to come, then wait to see if out of the 20 people waiting, your subject will be one of the 10 to attempt getting up on it, and one of the very lucky 3-5 that the wave doesn't eat during their attempt to stand. If not, you're back to waiting for the next perfect wave. Not to mention that they're far out, so if your camera doesn't have a million times zoom, it's going to be pixilated. All that to say, in about 3 hours I only got two action shots, and they're not even thaaat great - although Tyler was super impressed that I managed to capture a picture of the only wave he and his friend rode together.
My main squeeze up on his first Wave of the day
Tyler and Ronald surfing the same Wave
I did get some shots of the beach, some washed up jellyfish, and some not-so-action shots as well as getting my jeans soaked up to the knees when walking in a little too far to capture some shots! Other than playing photographer I spent the rest of my time relaxing, playing nurse when Tyler's leash got tangled around his toe slicing it open, and praying - that the sharks wouldn't be able to smell his blood through the bandage - seriously a concern for me and he didn't even think twice about it. Boys.
Since we missed church to go, I did my own self-titled, 'Devotion by the Ocean' and let me just say, I could totally get used to doing that. Nice to be close to God through His beautiful creation.
I won't lie, I touched it with my toe!
So mysterious and beautiful
a pause before the next round of fighting and riding waves
Watching Tyler fight the waves was exhausting enough for me. I think I was a little hard on him every time he came in for a breather and claiming, "I'm just not good at surfing." While I'd love to agree that there's at least one physical fitness feat he's not good at, I can't. Even if he didn't catch every wave, or any over 7' - he stayed with it the whole three hours we were there [with plenty of tough love encouragement from me..]. So proud of him for getting out there and trying something new and adventurous. Me on the other hand, I'll stick to sunbathing and being his personal photographer.
*I personally took and edited all pictures in this post. Tyler rented his board/wetsuit from NorCal Surf Shop in Pacifica Beach. I am clearly not an expert on anything surfing related, but I was shocked at the pricing [in a good way]! For an entire day rental it was less than $40 for both. The Groupon for lessons was not through NorCal, but they do provide lessons which I'm sure are just as good.