Surf…Like a Sir. Surfcuit Training Day 2 (Surf Etiquette)

Day 2 of Surfcuit! And oh what a day it was!

Who signs up for a 10k run the same day as a 4-hour surf training session? Ehem, ehem. When I registered for that run, I already knew I had Surfcuit in the afternoon thinking that “Hey, I’m going to work my legs in the morning and I won’t really need them in surfing that much.” I was right since I survived it… barely. My arms were working, but my brain I think decided to go on strike. Driving home required extra effort to stay up, since I’ve been up since 4 am that day! So note to self: “Di ka si Darna.”

Now here’s my WOD for my arms, after the brave bahala na si batman run.

It is the day when I got introduced to poi. It was training, as I see it, for control, timing and flow. I thought it was easy to do whenever I see performers at the beach or in events. I told myself, “How hard could it be to swing a ball tied to a string?” The balls answered that question quite quickly and clearly…on my face…three times. We were taught basic turns and switching, both I found really hard! But a few hits won’t stop me… When I got home I picked MY FREE poi up and tried again. And yes, I got the same answer the fourth time. :) Where do I get to buy hand-eye coordination please?

YEY FREE!!!! :) (photo c/o Bianca Cueva the “Poi Warrior”)

And then we were off to yoga. At the start of every Surfcuit day, we do this to stretch and warm our bodies up. A couple of sun salutations really did the trick to get us ready to paddle hard. Namaste.

Say hello to my monster back muscles. Guys, please put a bit more power on my paddles!

The Main Event.

Day 2’s focus was Surf Etiquette. Paolo sat us down and shared what kind of mindset and attitude we should bring with our board as we paddle out. With all the surf lessons I’ve had in the past, instructors always teach some pointers before we head out to the open sea. But then again, those are just snippets of what’s what. The good thing about the Surfcuit program is there is a set agenda for the day, for 4 hours each session. Students would have more time to understand the lesson, apply it and ask the coaches.

Check out the photo below. I just Googled “surf etiquette” (you can say I tried to do some homework after the session that day) and saw this. It basically summarizes the do’s and don’ts, plus information on priority in the water.

I will not go through each one here, but I do want to talk about 2: Do not drop in/snake, and Respect. I thought I knew these do’s and don’ts, but after Surfcuit Training Day 2, I realized that I knew so little about them. I have been making a fool of myself in the ocean all this time. Really.

Why am I saying this? For example: the drop/snake in. I knew what they meant, but I just learned what are the different ways to actually execute them, and I’ve been doing both unintentionally every time I’m in the water. When I’m in the line up all I would think of is, “I paddled so hard to get here, so I have to catch a wave… there’s one now! Go paddle!”. So easy to forget too when you’re used to having an instructor with you to just tell you what to do, without you having to look around if you’re about to be a jerk to someone. When Coach Paolo explained details on who gets priority in the line up, I wanted to disintegrate in my seat. I thought I was doing fine out there as long as I catch waves at the side wherein only a few people stay, but apparently I’ve understood it wrong. What I do is I’d keep on paddling for a wave even when I’m not in position, and someone else is. I would hang out at the shoulder and wait. Then I’d TRY to catch a wave without even looking if someone else has it already from the peak. I just realized that I have been cutting and dropping in all the time on surfers riding a wave. I feel very thankful that it was explained to us in detail so we stop making such ignorant mistakes. I don’t want to piss off other surfers. I guess I’m lucky enough that people I’ve been with are very, very nice… or they do realize that I am a complete idiot and left it to the sea to get back at me… Yes, I think all is fair considering the wipe outs I got the last trip in La Union.

Another vital lesson every surfer should have at heart is R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Well for this, EVERYONE should be able to practice it, surfers or non-surfers alike. For surfing specifically, there is a hierarchy.

  1. The locals – born in the area and lived there all their lives
  2. The regulars – those that moved in the area and been there for a long time.
  3. The visitors – really good surfers like the pros, then followed by the intermediate ones
  4. Buoys / Logs

By the way, I’m under number four. I didn’t want to feel left out so I made my own category. :) Although I know based from experience what’s the hierarchy, Coach Paolo’s story of a surf trip abroad made it even clearer. It was awesome to find out those that’s been surfing a long time are still humbled by other surfers, give proper respect towards them and then get respect back.

Don’t forget Mother Nature! She’s one woman I would not want to annoy.

From our butts to our bellies… it’s surf time! This round I used a smaller board – an 8’0. Much closer to my board Cookie (7’8″), so I was happy I can practice with it the whole afternoon :) We tried catching waves by ourselves in the pool and it was really tough! They said it’s harder to catch one there, so I’m thinking if by the end of the program I get one, I’ll be okay out in the open sea! *crossing fingers*.

Yuan. The youngest in the class… and the best too! He has awesome parents that signed him up for this!

Cheerleader knees finding it soooo hard to bend! Sorry, I was trained for years to keep them locked to balance :(

Get back on your board and try again. PADDLE!!! :)

There ya go. I know I’m not the best person riding a wave, and could even be the worst, but I feel I’m a better surfer already than other beginners with what I learned on Day 2. With that, I’m soooo thankful!

Another tiring but fulfilling session.

Let’s now surf, like a sir…shall we?

Photos taken by Earl Calunsod

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