Yesterday was another exciting day. We made the most of it as it was a rain off again on again as it sometimes is in the tropics. But the beautiful part about it is that it rarely last longer than an hour and the sun is back out again just as bright as if it had never even rained. My husband is a surfer and has always hoped for me and my children to pick up the sport. When I would see him surf on the East coast the waves always looked so small and boring. So finally it seems like a great day with big waves, I just grabbed one of his boards and headed out-determined. Needless to say the waves beat me back as I tried to paddle out over and over. And when I finally did get to try to take a wave I ate it as soon as I grabbed it. But yesterday was a different story. Barbados has BEAUTIFUL waves and with it an amazing surf school, Barry’s Surf School, which I can say actually LEARNING how to get on the board is quite helpful as you can imagine. Jonno was my instructor. A pro-surfer at that! He was fun, full of energy (and Lord help him he needed it with me!) and a great teacher. With his before hand instruction and a little push as these short little arms didn’t give me much speed I caught my first wave and stood up. Not for long as you can imagine but enough that my husband was in heaven. I even rode in the rain, like a true surfer. ha! I rode over and over, never staying on the board long but long enough for me to have fun and maybe someday with some practice I might be able to ride a wave in with my husband. It was a great ending to my last day in paradise. Fun people at the surf school to hang with doing something I had never really done before which is always something I strive for in life. I owe Mark the photographer and the Barry’s Surf School (who I HIGHLY recommend) for these photographs. And yes, I included the good, bad and the ugly! ; ) OH and note to future surfers, don’t surf the day before you have to cart heavy bags around the airport. ; ) Think about it… Can you say “SOAR!!!!” Ok, not that bad but enough to make me a little whiney.
As I sit on the plane ride home I am thinking about all the wonderful things I did and saw this week. I will miss it for sure but it is always good to come home. And I have a wonderful wedding on Saturday that I can’t wait to shoot. I have some fun things planned IF I can fit them in… But they will be so cute if I am able to do them.
So this is my last blog post from Barbados. See you back in Raleigh, photographing all my amazing local peeps!!!
Now a REAL surfer! My sweet husband.