Oakley Girls Get Pumped

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Jellies and stingrays cruising by your toes, sharks lurking, waiting to pull you to a watery grave; for some, the most daunting aspect of learning to surf is convincing yourself to get in the ocean. But as surf instructor, Monica Thatcher, sketches a graph of sandbars and currents on a surfside chalkboard, and points out the difference between “good fins” and “bad fins,” learning to surf becomes a tad less intimidating.

“I’ve always been in the ocean,” said Oakley rider Sage Erickson, “but I think a lot people are afraid of getting held under, getting hit by their board, or sharks now-a-days. So I see that being that hardest part [of surfing.]”

Erickson was on-hand as Oakley and Girls Learn To Ride (GLTR) hosted a women’s surfing camp June 6-7 at Mission Bay Aquatic Center in San Diego, CA. GLTR has helped build women’s confidence in the water and on a board since 1999, hosting 800 action sports clinics and camps nationwide

The women were treated to a lesson on water safety and the art of the pop-up, before suiting up and putting theory into practice. Women ranging in age from 12-40 paddled out, including 20-year-old Cindey Hernandez who had taken two surfing lessons before and was stoked to ride a board again. A recent surgery put surfing on hold for Hernandez, but with the help of GLTR she was back at it again. After battling the whitewash for a few hours and catching a few waves, Hernandez had a swollen ankle and a big surf-stoked smile.

The novice surfers left the beach with ocean safety knowledge, a full belly of burritos and the feeling that only surfing can provide. Each surfer also received a gift bag. All in all, the event was a success – and as more companies branch out to support women’s surfing, we can expect to see more great events like this one in the future.

Author

Jenna Goldberg

Date

June 16, 2008