Surfing through the eyes of a first-timer

I’m closing in on a full year of living in Newport and I’m sort of embarrassed to admit that I haven’t tried surfing. I’ve gone snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding, but never surfing. That all changed on Monday, June 12 when I attended the Ollie Richardson School of Surfing. It’s the time of the year when where various sports camps, lessons and classes seemingly happen each week. One such class is the Surf School hosted by Ossies Surf Shop, which hosts 12 sessions this summer starting on June 16 and lasts through the end of August. Each session is three days long. I got a little taste of what it’s like to take one of these classes as a first-time, completely inexperienced surfer, with a handful of Newport students taking the Oregon Wilderness class. We start at Ossies and get into our wetsuits before making the hike across 101 with our boards down to Agate Beach. A quick note about wetsuits: They are the most uncomfortable, awkward article of clothing that is equally frustrating putting on as they are taking off. But once you get in the water, they are a godsend.

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