Flying Into Mono Loco
First, the students are taught theory which includes ocean safety, the international rules of surfing, board safety, and popping-up on the board. Next, we take the students with their boards to a boat. Then, we take the boat to a reef break called Black Rock. At Black Rock, we situate the students into a channel where they wait as they take turns entering the line-up with an instructor. One at a time, Juan David guided each student into wave, coached them on paddling, and rode the same wave next to the student.
During my training, I could not stop smiling. Instructing in this way is exciting and allows the instructor to see exactly what the student is doing while attempting to pop-up and ride the wave. It also allows the instructor and student to fully share the joy and energy of the same wave. Together they sail in a pair; free over the sea.
My new life in Bocas began less than a week ago and already the Caribbean has supplied the adventure I crave and its’ natural beauty captured my heart.
By: Melissa Diamond