That title probably made no sense to you. The reason day number 2 was the first actual day of surf camp was because the first day was rained out.
The day was really cool! Our instructor, Ben, had a team of counselors that helped teach us about skim boarding, surfing, and paddle boarding. Waves were surprisingly high, so we were unable to do paddle boarding, but surfing was definitely an option!
Ben explained that the lessons would be split into three segments. Each segment you could choose surfing or skim boarding. For my first segment, I chose surfing!
We ended up being divided into groups, and then taking turns on a board. We were given three waves per turn. I fell off a lot in the first segment. On one of my last tries, I managed to somewhat ride the board in to the beach. The counselors helped us get started and work on our technique.
We moved on to the second segment! I decided to choose skim boarding and switch it up a bit. The counselors there were really cool too, and they were experts at tricks on skim boards.
I personally had always just gone skim boarding parallel to the waves, but the counselors taught me how to go diagonally into a wave, turn, and ride it back in.
To be perfectly honest, I fell 90% of the time haha. I only managed what he was talking about around once, and even then it was a bit shaky. However, I had wondered how skim boarding could be taken into the waves, and I was able to learn it!
When we went to segment 3, I decided to choose surfing again, because you can pretty much skim board any time at the beach; but surfing takes special conditions—waves, at least moderate in size.
The last group I was in, though, ended up being a bit confused on where to go (I had some youngsters in the group), so I only had one turn. However, I managed to stick all three attempts! The last round was amazing and it was a great feeling to ride the waves.
After that, class concluded and ended my first day at camp!