The Messina Family

The Messina Family
Barcelona 2010

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Surfing Contest

On October 31st, Joe was in a surfing contest. He surfed in the under 18 division (although we think he could have been in the under 14 since he's 14...) We arrived on a cold and very blustery (okay, more like gale-force winds) at Børe Beach. The winds were evidently going the wrong direction because there were no waves. So we got the kids all registered and then caravaned down to another beach near Brusand. (who knew there were so many surfing beaches in Norway???) We arrived and it was cold.....and very windy....and full of crashing waves. Joe ended up getting third overall in his division...which he was happy with but somewhat frustrated because the undertow kept him from paddling out too far. It was a good experience for him and he had a great time (although everyone was somewhat hypothermic after exiting the water...but who am I kidding...I was in a winter jacket and was hypothermic watching him!)
He is still surfing...yesterday I had some reservations when I dropped him off at the surfing shack...the puddles were all iced over. Yet, they went out and surfed for 2.5 hours. Yikes! He was pretty cold when I picked him up...his face isn't covered in the water and his face gets really he can't talk very well. I think we are just about done for the season. (yay!)

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