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Endless session, Day 122: Ocean therapy, Frank, Boris, and me

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Morgan Sliff surfing Day 120 earlier this week. Photo by BumpSetSurf.com

Morgan Sliff surfing Day 120 earlier this week. Photo by BumpSetSurf.com

by Morgan Sliff

One third down.

122 days of consecutive ear to ear smiles and continuous mental, physical, and spiritual growth.  Beginning this endeavor was all about finding myself again.  For a few years I was taking life much too seriously, and felt like I lost the spark I always had – surfing and most of the things I was once so passionate about disappeared for a while along with that.  I’ve always been a positive person, but felt like what made me me was slowly slipping away and the zest for life I had was fading.  A few big life changes took place and I started finding happiness in everything again, and when I finally dusted off my surfboards and paddled out, the pure and endless joy I felt was indescribable.  One day it clicked that I had some serious time to make up, and I set the goal of a year (366 days to be exact, I found out much later that 2016 is a leap year!).  

Morgan Sliff and part of her Hermosa "surf family" outside Brothers Burritos, where her tally is on the wall. Photo by Jim Thomas

Morgan Sliff and part of her Hermosa “surf family” outside Brothers Burritos, where her tally is on the wall. Photo by Jim Thomas

I’ve never been so committed to anything in my life.  For me it’s more than counting the days, it’s about making every day memorable and finding beauty in every session.  I like to call my sessions my “Ocean Therapy” – it keeps me balanced, focused, and gives me clarity to the things in life that are important.  Today was a special day, not just because it was a milestone, but because I got to paddle out at my home break at the Hermosa pier with my “surf family”, Frank Paine and Boris Vishnevsky.  You can feel Frank’s infectious spirit in and out of the water, and he represents surf culture so well.  The more time you spend with him makes you want to be kinder and better person, and the aloha spirit is truly contagious – assistant coach Paine is pictured on the left watching his Redondo Beach surf team from the top of the berm.  

RUHS assistant surf coach Frank Paine watching Morgan on Day 122.

RUHS assistant surf coach Frank Paine watching Morgan on Day 122.

244 more to go – looking forward to every second and every experience, whether good, bad, scary, or mediocre.  Come say hi, I’ll be in the water.

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