2020 is proving to be a very different year, for us and for everyone else, but even with all the bad, can we take anything away from the quarantine?
Dave Rastovich, one of our favourite surfers, says that surfing teaches us to catch waves even when we’re out of the water. So we listened to Rasta and asked ourselves: are we going to despair, or flow with the circumstances?
The sea is our teacher and, luckily, it has not only taught us to move in chaotic environments, to read the cycles and to face adversity… it has also left us alone at the peak, sitting on the board and waiting without doing anything.
How much time have we spent staring at the horizon between series? A lot more than we’ve spent sliding on the board, that’s for sure.
And it is in these blank spaces that, if we are attentive, we deepen and cultivate our relationship with ourselves, with others and with the world around us. Because entertaining ourselves for a while is fine, but we don’t want to spend the day distracted by screens and wishing time would go faster… We want to be here and now, being creative, learning and feeling fortunate for all that we have and had overlooked.
Did you see the look on your faces when you woke up in your first foam? We are sure that when this is all over and we run across the shore with our boards under our arms, it will be a lot like that first time. And we won’t forget again for a long time how privileged we are: how much we would give now for one of those baths we missed because “it was a bit small” or the wind wasn’t perfect.
From Raz Surf Camp we want to remind you what many experts have been telling us about the confinement: play, move a lot, play music and dance like crazy, learn something new, take care of yourselves and the others and don’t feel guilty for having some down moment or for being more reactive. This quarantine is giving the planet a moment of calm to recover and maybe we can do the same.
And you… are you surfing even out of the water?
Enjoy this silence between waves and stay tuned, there’s a series coming up.
We hope to see you soon!