The Surfing Bug

Surfing is fun!

Surfing is fun!

My 10-year-old son is getting the surfing bug.

He’s been learning for two summers, and he hangs back in the shallows, where it is safer. But this summer, he paddled out on a big day with his 12-year-old sister and me, his face wide.

He paddled up to me on his board, sat up, wobbled a bit, and then looked out for the next big set of waves. [Continue Reading…]

Girls Can Rip

"I'll go for this one!"

“I’ll go for this one!”

I went surfing with my 12-year-old daughter.

What could be better?

She doesn’t rip at surfing, but she’s getting better.

And daring. [Continue Reading…]

The Sand is Whiter…

"You know, Dad, he does have a point."

“You know, Dad, he does have a point.”

My three children were bickering on a sunny morning at our house near the beach in Pinamar, Argentina.

It was a sibling sort of argument.

I didn’t ask for details. I just said, “Hey, what’s the problem? I mean, look at where we are. Not many kids get to spend the entire summer living at the beach. That’s what we do. We live at the beach for nearly three months a year.” [Continue Reading…]