Surfing is definitely something I’d wanted to do for quite a while and I managed to fit in two days on Bali. The school I went with was supposed to be the best on the island but I wasn’t that impressed with their lessons, the only advice offered was “paddle paddle paddle”, which I found to be completely irritating and annoying. I don’t think you need to paddle when you’re on the f*#king board! That kind of pissed me off to be honest and left me rather frustrated especially as my body was so sore from getting on the board, getting hit by the board, paddling out, wading out and just general exertion in the water.
I found that staying well away from the supposed instructor left me free to concentrate on the steps in my mind and slowly but surely get into my groove. When I was away from the others I managed to get up on the board every time and I gradually was able to focus on stuff like watching where I was going and steering a little. I did enjoy the two days but would like to try it somewhere with someone who can surf a bit and who can help deal with my shortcomings and not just blandly shout “paddle”!
Have a look at some of the photos: