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Endless Session, Day 123: Surf’s up, SJ!

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SJ and Morgan on the hunt for rideable waves.

SJ and Morgan on the hunt for rideable waves. Photo by Jose Bacallo

by Morgan Sliff

Sometimes the ocean needs a break.  

Even just thinking about the vast amount of energy expended by the great sea is enough make anyone tired.  Knowing that the South Bay Boardriders surf contest was cancelled today, I met my favorite mermaid SJ and her awesome dad Jose Bacallo at Topaz St. in Redondo Beach, only to feast our eyes on what looked like a beautiful lake instead of the Pacific.  Our search for any rideable waves brought us to the Manhattan Pier, where we thankfully found a few gorgeous peelers to play around on.  Jose, a friend and a very inspiring role model in my life, was ripping on his SUP while SJ and I played around in the small but fun surf. 

My favorite thing besides surfing is teaching people how to surf.  You’ll never see anyone with a bigger smile than the first time they stand up and feel the thrill and rush of riding a wave.  When giving SJ lessons, I get reminiscent of my childhood and all my magical summers spend at Chevron (now Hermosa) Surf Camp, and I think about how grateful I am to have found something that became my passion at such a young age.  I’m excited to see this wonderful little girl (who is so incredibly smart and is without a doubt going to be President one day) progress – she’s agreed to do 20 push-ups a day to start building up her surfer muscles.  

Surf’s up SJ!

Morgan Sliff on Day 123 of her 366 day surf quest.

Morgan Sliff on Day 92 of her 366 day surf quest. Photo by BumpSetSurf.com

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