Surfing Long Beach
My surfing adventure is the first of three stories filed from Black Rock Resort, in Ucluelet, a world class hotel in one of Canada's most beautiful locations. Black Rock offers drop dead beautiful interiors, exceptional food, and a spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
View from Suite 315 at Black Rock Resort
With its proximity to Pacific Rim Park's old growth forests and its miles of beaches made for surfing, beauty and adventure intersect.
Today, I took a surfing lesson with Inner Rhythm Surf Shop in Ucluelet. A first time surfer, I mastered the art of having a blast in the ocean on a board, zipped snug into a wet suit, soaking up the negative ions and the views of the rollers socking Long Beach.
I admit that as my instructor, Simon, led me out into the ocean with my 13-year-old son, Eli, and I faced my first waves, I told Simon I felt hesitant. Before we got near the water, Simon carefully explained how to manage in the rip tides he said poured out into the ocean around the rocky corners at the ends of the beach. "Don't ever try to swim against a rip tide. The ocean is always more powerful," he said. Now, standing in the churn between waves in the unruly ocean, I felt out of my element.
He promised that my body would adjust to the environment and it would be okay. As a wave approached, I climbed onto the board, activated my core strength, looked behind me, lifted up into a cobra like pose, and paddled four strokes. I felt the wave catch the board and power me forward and on that ride in I understood the sheer ecstasy of surfing.
After a half an hour of surfing prone, Simon taught us how to pop up and we spent the next part of the lesson working on getting up on the board. Eli made it, but not me. I work out regularly and have the muscles to show for it, but an hour of jumping into and over incoming waves for the big high of riding them in, had the double effect of energizing and exhausting me.