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Learning to Surf

Going to Surf City.
By Larry Olmsted | From CBS Sunday Morning, May/June 2020
Learning to Surf
Photo/Adie Bush/Getty Images
The Beach Boys put it best: “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world….You paddle out, turn around and raise. And baby that’s all there is to the coastline craze.” Okay, it’s not that simple, but once you catch your first wave, the huge rush and inexplicable sense of satisfaction is like sitting on top of the world—even if that wave is just a two-footer. And to get there it helps to take lessons. At a quality school like TropicSurf, an Australian company that hires the best instructors and bases them at more than two dozen of the finest luxury resort partners, it starts on the sand. You learn the theory: how waves break and currents work. But you’re …
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