Last night my precious evening sessions commenced in front of my newly established home in San Clemente. As soon as I parked my car, with one eye on the sunset, I pulled on my wetsuit, grabbed my board and booked it down the street as fast as my legs could carry me.
On my recent trip to Nicaragua, I found myself socializing with nothing but spanish-speaking locals. I was so stoked because mi español became muy mejor and by the end of my week-long trip, I was helping my friends translate. There’s nothing like submerging yourself!
Daydreams of those perfect warm water barrels should include a little español because once you get down there, not only does everyone talk nothing but Spanish, but many people also might not understand much (if any!) English. Therefore: es muy importante para practicar su español!
I CONFESS: My practice did not begin until I was reading the safety guide while my flight rolled down the runway. The first thing I picked up really quick: this ain’t Mexico…people talk very fast! Time to buck up.
So while you continue to get shacked in your dreams, insert a little Spanish speak so reality won’t hit you like a ton of bricks being laid out for that awesome language barrier.
“Me gusta tubos en Nicaragua!”
Ok, snap out of the barrel/bikini/hot salsa dancing scene for a second and float back down to reality: no matter which Spanish-speaking country you decide to trip-it to, bring a Spanish-English dictionary. I don’t care how many apps you download onto your smartphone, you need a book. Other than draining your battery, apps tend to require a wifi signal and although most places might have a signal, it won’t be there all the time and readily available.
So for you traveling surfers, assuming you made it beyond the aeropuerto and have reached your calle to an undisclosed locale, consider these words before paddling out to any pico:
Surfing (verb): ….Surfeo or Surf
Beach: ……………..La Playa
Surfboard: ………….La Tabla
One of the most important days of the year will be here soon:
International Surfing Day! June 20th, 2013!
Okay, so maybe it pales in comparison to your son or daughter’s birthday, grandparent’s golden anniversary or other such annual celebrations. However, if you’re a surfer or ocean lover who works 9-5, it is a day that might require you to scan a medical dictionary for a random 24 hour illness, forge a doctor’s note, put your pasty butt into some boardies or suit and find something to do in the water or on the sand.
As ocean-minded people, we should always find a way to give back to our beaches that continuously provide us with some of our best life experiences.
The Surfrider Foundation is a great resource to find your local beach clean-up as well as ways to get involved with other charitable activities.
Here are some ideas to consider for June 20th,:
- Go Surfing…and pick up some trash, too:
Well, DUH. Whatever you decide to ride, get out there and catch some wavos. Oh and while you’re at it, pick up some trash. Don’t deny it. Whether it’s in the sand or the parking lot, even the water, trash is there. And that is very LAME. If you have no time to give a beach clean-up a-go, it doesn’t hurt to pick up a few pieces of trash on your way to the water. Find a sanitary way to scoop it up and put it in the nearby trash can. A little bit can a go a long way! This awesome organization agrees with me.
- Join a Beach Clean-Up!
There are organizations all over the states and the world that would froth for your time to clean up your local beach. Get involved!!
- Do Your Homework
If you can watch swell charts and wind speeds on an hourly basis, you can keep up with the issues facing your local breaks and wildlife:
- Be a Smarty Pants!
Take the time to understand the laws and regulations that govern this country’s environment and you’ll be A-Okay.
So get out there, ride some waves, pick up some trash and smile at the locals! Good vibes for all!
Happy International Day of Surfing!!
A Little Litter For Thought:
|Time to break down|
|1 million years|
Monofilament fishing line
Plastic beverage bottles
|80 – 200 years|
Foam plastic cup
|10 – 20 years|
|1 – 5 years|
Source: US National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, Florida