Sadly, today was our last full day of IWS Surf Camp '09. But what a great day it was! We started off with clean waves, surfed with Hurley team riders, and then finally had the No Talent competition, which was at least as funny as everyone hoped.
This morning we woke up (at a reasonable hour this time!) to thigh-high waves, lined up picture perfect right in front of our hotel. These were clean, easy-to-ride waves and everyone had a great time.
After room inspection, the Hurley folks came-- including pro surfer Asher Nolan, who joined us in the water for a surf. After the session and freshly grilled cheeseburgers, the two Hurley team riders (Asher and Cheyne) signed a ton of autographs for the campers and we took group photos. Group photos always kill me because no one knows where to stand and everyone complains because the tall people wish they were shorter and the short people wish they were taller and nobody wants to kneel down in the front row no matter how tall they are, and everyone is going nuts until the photographer says "do something crazy," at which point no one can think of anything.
The afternoon surf was kind of choppy, but fun. Even one of our hotel staff was in the water-- Mr. Mike loaned him a Bird longboard, and it turned out he knew what he was doing out there! And things only got better, because after a storm cleared everyone out of the water, the wind turned offshore again and we were graced with more clean lines. We surfed until the very last moments before dinner.
The night ended with our long-awaited No Talent competition. This year's show featured odd costumes, wild music, dancing, feats of strength, and plenty of good natured ribbing. of our best surf stuff. Their skit was hilarious and I would love to explain it, but you wouldn't understand unless you spent a week surfing and hanging out with us here in Cocoa Beach.
This should be the last of the IWS Surf Camp '09 blogs, because tomorrow will be a blur of surfing, cleaning up, and driving the big vans home. But I'm looking forward to our next event, and I'll spend another 360-some days looking forward to Surf Camp 2010. — Cheyne