Surf Together, Stay Together – Family Memories

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This week, our family did something crazy together.  We took to the waves together for the first time.  There we were, a 6 year old with his mom and dad totally clueless about what to do, and nervous about how we were going to survive the next 2 hours.  (3 year old brother posed for some pics on the surf board but was too young for the lesson).   The experience was phenomenal to say the very least.   First of all, we were so happy with our surf instructors from the Surf Academy by Dane Keahole on Waikiki.  But more significantly, the experience of trying to gain a new skill that none of us had ever tried before was such a bonding experience.  There are such rare moments where you are at the same starting point as your 6 year old, struggling and fearing the same things.

For our 6 year old, the experience of watching mom and dad take on a new challenge alongside him seem to be particularly energizing.   He seemed determined to out do us…and it really wasn’t hard for him to do so.  For me, I found it wonderfully freeing to know nothing more about something than my child.   I didn’t feel the need correct him or give any tips.  We were all in for the ride together.   This will be a memory that we carry with us for many many years to come.  So, if you are thinking of putting yourself out there to try something totally novel!  Go ahead and take the whole family with you.  This is the stuff great memories are made of.

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About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl and recently traveled through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2 and a half year old.
5 Responses
  1. Lorraine

    I love the way you framed this adventure, that the important thing was everyone diving in together to try something new. This is fantastic – thanks for sharing – it’s a good reminder about a genuine way to travel and share together.

  2. TravelPangs

    Thanks for the kind comments. It made my day.

  3. Damo

    This is a really great post. Its a great example which illustrates that surf travel is not just for seasoned veterans. On the Gold Coast in Australia, we get plenty of families vacationing through, doing just this type of thing. And when they leave, the children are buzzing, the parents are buzzing, its great to see.

  4. Andrew

    Gday, This is what life is all about, adventure and trying new things TOGETHER, How excitting is it to Firstly try something new,, and then remember the experience of doing it all together as a family. My boy is 2, his been on the board with me, and my wife gives it ago too.(expecting at moment in september).
    We have made the best change in our life, We are both saty at home parents, and expect to be this way forever, our new business is allowing us to have a wonderful life full of experiences like the one above 24/7..

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