The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun!Phil Edwards
Are you thinking this could be Huntington Beach in Southern California? What about the white sand beaches of Oahu where photographers capture surfers beneath towering waves? Well, it’s neither: This is little ol’ Pawleys Island, South Carolina, where waves are low but spirits are high.
On the morning after Hurricane Isaias pummeled the island, we left our condo during the early morning hours to survey the damage and see if anyone was stirring. And, much to our surprise, about 70 enthusiastic surfers were already in the water on both sides of Pawleys Pier waiting for Isaias’s residual high waves to push them forward. It was sight to behold.
Since we’re not surfers at all, we were curious about the process. We watched as patience took over for each would-be surfer (all boys but one), turning eager swimmers lying on boards into scrutinizing stand-up surfers, waiting for that bulge in the ocean to possibly be the Big One!
After I tried again and again to capture the art of surfing and the excitement with only an iPhone, I’ve determined that National Geographic probably won’t be sending me on assignment to catch the action in Ventura — or anywhere else, for that matter. (It was still fun taking picture after picture — with varying results!)
But no problem. If I could be as excited as the lone kayak guy among all those surfers who, when he crested the waves, would let loose with a big shout and a raised paddle, then I’d be content.
After all, surf’s up somewhere. And on that day it was in Pawleys Island at the North End. Who knew?
Surf while you’re young,
Rusha & Bert
This series grew out of a desire to share pictures from our one and only trip after the onset of the corona virus! So, join us in celebrating travel in America — and our love of beaches, one in particular. Other posts in the series: