February 15, 2014

Wave Taunting ~ Wave Racing

One of our favorite things to do is go to the beach and hang out.  The coast is such a fun place to explore and investigate; no two visits are the same.  The calmness/turbulence of the water, direction of  the wind, position of the tide, roaring/quiet sound of the waves, condition of the sand, vessels on the water, shells, rocks and other "treasures" on the sand-it's always new, constantly changing. 
Our family has had many moments of great fun. Happy squeals and lots of giggles are heard while we are racing and taunting the waves.  We have also had our share of water filled boots and wet clothes when we underestimated the speed of a wave. 
These are a collection of photos from different trips to the beach.

Wave Racing is all about waiting, watching, listening, and waiting some more.  It's all about judging the speed and distance of the wave and learning that the ocean is never predictable. 

It's about watching the wave build, standing steady and still, anticipating, waiting until just the right moment.
 It's about knowing when to move and how fast.   It's about learning from your mistakes and not crying over wet clothes and sloshing boots.

 It's about trying it over and over again.

Sometimes it's about being rescued and carried.

 Wave Racing is a serious sport with a twist of excitement.  It's about the assessing the risk, knowing the danger* and taking a chance.    (*danger = water filled boots and soaked pants)


Wave Taunting is fun, enjoyable and entertaining. It happens when you race those waves with "attitude".  It's that "catch me if you can" mentality.  Wave taunting happens more on sunny days, when the breeze is warmer and the waves are calmer and the feet are bare.

"A trip to the beach can cure any bad mood"  unknown

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau


“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Wyland

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