Some thoughts and reflections
All Photos by Cody Coleman
Last week was our second week of our 8th summer. It went so great that it made us want to start a blog to take a snapshot of some of our surf camp weeks, but also just to put down some thoughts and feelings about our daily, weekly or in the moment experiences.
We are well into our 8th season of surf camp, and have watched so many kids grow up in front of our eyes. Some have done our camp, gone on to be instructors with us and now are functioning (ha) adults in our community. We feel so lucky to get to share our passion of surfing and the beach lifestyle with so many in our sweet small town, but probably more importantly the ability to run around the beach playing games and re-finding that kid that lives inside us (especially me). Surf camp always brings out the silliest and goofiest version of myself. You can only imaging some of the conversations I have with a group of 7 and 8 year olds while surfing! I truly love it, and it keeps me young.
We are so grateful for all the families that support us and come back to St. Augustine Surf School year after year, bringing other families with them and eagerly awaiting their younger ones to become "surf camp age". Just today one of our repeat campers little brother jumped in the mix with his boogie board and was so excited to let me know that "next year he was going to be old enough for surf camp!". I quickly snagged a board and put him on some sweet rides. He couldn't believe that he didn't have to wait another year, but even though he was 5 could simply ride waves right now. I look forward to watching these two brothers grow up.
Our oldest Shaylee (13) now is a junior instructor for us, and does such a great job with our younger girl students. Our second daughter Sunny (10) is usually one of the first kids in the water and last one's out each day. Our youngest Sage (5) is surfing pretty much everyday, and it is so fun to watch her catch the "bug" and fall in love with surfing too. We plan on running our summer camp even after we win the lottery, hopefully passing it on to our girls, and watching them run it for many years to come.
Lauren has been doing the night market at The St. Augustine Amphitheater for the past several months and it's been going great! The amphitheater and the folks who run it are one of my absolute favorite parts of our beloved town. She has also been receiving online orders for tribe apothecary almost daily for her sun care and herbal products. I seriously don't know what I'd do without the sun block as I use it everyday and I'm not sure I could do camp without it. We hope to keep making non-chemical reef safe sun block for your face for years to come!
Thanks for checking in with us! Hoping to keep up with a post here and their for at least the rest of the summer.