At the age of 43 the addiction began… a random surf lesson in Costa Rica while at a wedding. Since, I have tried to get as many sessions in as possible for basically a weekend-only guy.
I devour books/magazines, talk to other surfers, read blogs and just about anything to try to give myself the tools to get better. For me, surfing has turned out to be one of the harder sports to truly learn (beyond riding a 9′ foamie in the whitewater) and I incorrectly assumed 40 years of skiing would translate easily to surfing… sadly not even close. So, although there are some good resources out there, I wanted to try and consolidate some of the information, dispel myths and add some of my own trials and tribulations. I chose the term tyro over kook – I think of kooks as beginners who enter the water uneducated, with no etiquette and negatively impact the session for those around them. As a tyro, I prefer to enter the water educated, be inconspicuous and enjoy the session with those around me.
Mind you, I still suck, but no one is punching me in the line-up, have made some great friends,shared some great sessions and visited places I never had on my radar. I am sure more accomplished surfers will find this blog ridiculous but if I can post something that you didn’t know, than all right.