Thursday, July 18, 2013

let my people go surfing

"I've always thought of myself as an 80 percenter.  I like to throw myself passionately into a sport or activity until I reach about an 80 percent proficiency level.  To go beyond that requires an obsession that doesn't appeal to me.  Once I reach 80 percent level I like to go off and do something totally different."
- Yvon Chouinard, author of Let My People Go Surfing and founder of Patagonia

That's me to a t. I am sorta, kinda good at a certain number of sports I've tried (well, maybe more 60% than 80). Why is it that we exact more than an 80% proficiency from our children? Whenever they try something new and seem to grasp it, do you think "wow, this could be their thing", or do you just encourage them to enjoy it if only reaching that 60 to 80 percent proficiency? Does 100% proficient equal total happiness or does it lie around the 80% mark where there is shelter from complete burnout? 

After 2 lessons at the age of 44, I realize that surfing could very well be my perfect sport. Simply because the best surfer is truly the one having the most fun...

They make it look so easy!

*photos of Pluff Mud Kids by Kylie Sabine @ photos

check this out - link to surfing for kids
Want to rent a surfboard and give it a try? click here for info on Parrot Surf shop on Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. We love this shop - the best place to by gear for all your water sports.

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