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This being my very first lesson and one of the few times I’ve been in the ocean since- well since way back when we used to head to Myrtle Beach, S.C as kids every Easter to spend time with my grandparents.

During our land lesson, it began to rain. The raindrops being a bit on the freezing side and unwelcomed- made it difficult to hear the instructor and difficult to want to participate- but I’m in freaking Sri Lanka and I am taking this opportunity to learn surfing!

After a quick lesson on land- we were off into the water!

Thankfully the water is much warmer than the rain droplets on land!

I got out there- laid on my board and was ready to rock and roll.

First wave and I was almost fully up- now I’m determined to go back, try again, and get up!

After a couple heavy wave hits- all of my last year’s injuries started - in a sense - to scold me.

Our instructor, Ralph ( a “Live. Eat. Breath surfing for 30+ Years kind of a guy - actually started as a hair stylist in London) convinced me to give it “one more go” and I’m so happy he did because this time I got up on my board. It was awesome - but I need to honor my body and slow down. I made my way to land and had some time to get to know some of the addition Sion Surf Camp guests that were also out for a surf lesson.

“If at first, you don’t succeed, try try try again!”

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