April 21st, 2015

“Surfers Make Good People”

Dustin Turin // Jeffrey’s Bay, South AfricaAnother surfer once told me, in no uncertain terms, “surfers make good people.” We were chatting after a surf on the island of Lombok, one of Indonesia’s many surfing gems, and it was the kind of conversation that meanders along when you’re surfed out and don’t really have anything more pressing on the schedule.

We talked about the surf back home: Western Australia for him and not much in the way of comparison to our surf in Maine. He had been telling me about his plans to move from ‘West Oz’ with his Indonesian wife and open a guesthouse just up the road… the type of retirement plan that every surfer dreams about.

His pronouncement came after I told him about teaching kids to surf at Surf Camp. He blurted out with surprising excitement:

“Mate, good job! The world could use more surfers because surfers make good people.”

These are the highlights from the conversation that followed, which was about the life lessons that surfing teaches us.

 

Lesson 1: Rely on Yourself and Always be Humble

Surfing teaches confidence and humility simultaneously. Entering the ocean to ride waves means putting yourself in a position where you’re on your own. If you get into trouble, you can’t just hit the pause button to gather your thoughts.

In the ocean, the situation is always dynamic: in addition to pounding waves, surfing often means contending with rocks and reefs, strong currents, weather, wind, and (sometimes) sea-life. As any surfer knows, when a big set bears down there is nothing and no one that can help.

The ocean will humble the very best surfers.

As a result, surfing teaches us to rely on ourselves and have confidence in our capacity to overcome challenges. It teaches strength and resilience. But even more, surfing shows us our limits and teaches us to know and respect them.

The ocean will humble the very best surfers, and in fact, those surfers are usually the ones that stand most in awe of the ocean’s power.

 

Lesson 2: Cherish Nature

There are few pursuits that are so dependent on a close relationship with nature. After all, good waves are the result of weather events that happen thousands of miles away. They can’t be recreated or manufactured by man and as a result surfers are completely beholden to ‘Mother Nature.’

The Point, J-Bay. Photo: Dustin Turin.

Nature giving in abundance. Photo: Dustin.

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January 2nd, 2015

2015 Surf Camp Dates and Sign Ups

As we welcome the new year, it’s already time to start thinking about your summer plans. We have finalized our 2015 Surf Camp dates (below) and remind everyone that we start accepting sign ups on January 15th! Starting on that date, you can sign up here: Surf Camp Online Application.

2015 Surf Camp Dates

  • Session #1 – June 22nd – June 26th
  • Session #2 – June 29th – July 03rd
  • Session #3 – July 06th – July 10th
  • Session #4 – July 13th – July 17th
  • Session #5 – July 20th – July 24th
  • Session #6 – July 27th – July 31st
  • Session #7 – August 03rd – August 07th
  • Session #8 – August 10th – August 14th
  • Session #9 – August 17th – August 21st

Surf Camp at Scarborough Beach

We can’t wait to be back here!

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August 8th, 2014

Session #6 Surf Camp Photos

Somewhat smaller waves this week compared to last, nevertheless, did not disappoint. It was sunny and hot for most of the week and there were plenty of waves out there for everyone to have a great time. You can view and download images from the full gallery here: Surf Camp 2014 Week #6 Photo Gallery

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Above: Sawyer leads us through the morning meeting. “I caught a fish like, this big.”

Below: STOKED!

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Above: This surf camper was sure he’d spotted buried treasure. He just missed it on the dive!

Below: Group photo with Prout’s Neck in the background.

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July 20th, 2014

Surf Camp Photos from Weeks 3 and 4

The waves for weeks #3 and #4 of Surf Camp provided non-stop fun. We had light winds and sunny skies to make the small but consistent pulse of swell a perfect mid-summer treat. There wasn’t much time spent out of the water in either week.

Surf campers enjoying perfect waves and weather

Above: Can you beat this? Warm water, sunny skies, glassy waves = GOOD TIMES!

Below: Surf instructor Sawyer Theriault cruising the nose on a nice little runner.

Sawyer Theriault, toes on the nose.

Summer camp in Maine: nowhere better

Above: When it comes to learning to surf, waves like this are pretty much perfect.

Below: Instructor Emily Heath navigating some fun lines at Scarborough Beach.

Emily Heath, surf instructor at Surf Camp, charging some fun lines at Scarborough Beach

July 13th, 2014

Photos from Week #2

The second week of Surf Camp did not disappoint… so far this has been an above average summer for waves and weather, and the kids are loving it! So are we… images link to full gallery and downloads.

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June 30th, 2014

2014 Kicks Off With Great Weather, Fun Waves

With the 2014 season of Surf Camp now underway, the first week of camp launched us off in good form with beautiful weather and fun waves throughout the week. We visited Sprague Hall on Thursday morning to avoid a thunderstorm and kick back with a movie, but otherwise it was sunshine all week. Check out the photos here:

June 11th, 2014

Surf Night for 2014 NYA Graduating Class

Surf Camp was lucky enough to celebrate graduation with the 36 seniors from North Yarmouth Academy class of 2014. We got the entire group out for a night of surfing at Scarborough Beach last week during their Project Graduation program. After a cold week leading up to the event, we lucked out with beautiful weather and one of the best evenings of surf so far this year.

Gearing up at the Surf Camp trailer

Above: Surf Camp greets NYA seniors and gets them geared up to go surf.

Below: The NYA class of 2014, ready to surf only about an hour after they graduated!

NYA Class of 2014

Sawyer teaches a surf lesson

Above: Sawyer teaches a surf lesson before we get in the water.

Below: Ready to get in the water. The waves were big enough that we walked all the way down toward Prout’s Neck to avoid the bigger sets.

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April 26th, 2014

Fun Morning at the Green Neighbor Family Fest/Urban Runoff 5K

Even though it rained, we had an awesome morning at the Green Neighbor Family Festival in support of the Urban Runoff 5k and clean water education here in Maine.

Urban Runoff 2014, Surf Camp

The event brought out an incredible array of local businesses and organizations that are working to help keep Maine’s rivers, lakes, and oceans clean. We got lots of people on our ‘indo board’ in lieu of surfing and were able to share some of the things that we do at camp in support of the environment: beach clean-ups, education, and minimizing our environmental footprint, to name a few.

Being around so many inspiring people stimulates our thoughts on what we can do at camp to further integrate environmental awareness into our programs… we’ve already got some new ideas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

March 8th, 2014

Cold Classic Maine or Tropical Perfection?

Dustin Turin // Scarborough, ME — You would think that after a month of surfing perfect tropical waves, the frigid Maine water — currently hovering around 37 degrees — would be a pretty significant buzz-kill. After all, 6mm of rubber definitely slows you down a bit and the 14 degree air that greeted us on our first surf back is cold by any standard. On the temperature front, I’ll take Bali’s 85 degree water any day of the week. No surprise, the Indian Ocean also beats Maine when it comes to producing consistently epic waves. But the reality is, even though Indonesia is always going to ‘beat’ Maine in the surfing hall of fame, it’s almost impossible to compare the two experiences.

Winter Surfing in Maine

Above: Even though it’s cold, waves make a welcome homecoming in Maine.

Below: Surf Camp instructor Sawyer Theriault scores a tropical beauty in Indonesia only a few days earlier.

Sawyer Theriault surfing in Keramas, Bali, Indonesia

When the waves are always on — not an issue we are too familiar with here in Maine — it’s amazing how quickly surfing starts to feel more routine then special. Our standards go through the roof and soon enough we’re complaining when it’s smaller than head high and/or not tubing. Too many people. Too hot. And so on… (more…)

February 14th, 2014

Reflections from Bali: Waves, the Great Equalizer

Dustin Turin // Bali, Indonesia — All surfers embrace exploration: ‘the search,’ as it has been called, is ingrained in every wave rider’s DNA. It means ‘the search’ for better waves, ‘the search’ for empty lineups, ‘the search’ for places untouched and unknown and waiting to be explored. ‘The search’ is a point of pilgrimage with no final location, always moving one bend at a time up the coast.

Bali is most definitely a point along the well-trodden path of surf pilgrimage, a mecca surrounded in an accompanying myth and mysticism. It is certainly not unknown, or — unfortunately — untouched, but for every surfer who has never been, it is still waiting to be explored. The waves here feel unreal to the experience of surfers raised in the cold Northeast. Long period groundswell is nearly constant, the coast is ringed with reefs that produce perfect waves in practically all conditions, and the wind amazes with its ability to disappear for days on end.

Keramas

Surfing in a place like Bali, in the crowded and competitive lineups of Uluwatu, Keramas, or Bingin, can be a humbling, inspiring, and frustrating experience, or more likely, all three simultaneously. But being in the water here is also a reminder of one of surfing’s best qualities: that is, waves are the ultimate equalizer. (more…)