[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]La Pedrera is a small Bohemian village at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Uruguay. It is approximately 3 hours away from the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo. During the colder periods, which is roughly from May till October, there is not a lot of action going on there. Most of the restaurants and shops are even closed. On the contrary during the summer time you want to be here. And just for the recored the summer is starting here….[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”0″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1447706493379-ce47cc91-3b53-4″ include=”6540,6542,6548,6544″][vc_column_text]
Surfing La Pedrera
Last weekend the temperature supposed to hit at least the 25 degrees mark, we decided to go to La Pedrera for some surfing. We discussed amongst ourselves that we want to improve our skills and this year it is serious business between surfing and us ;).
We booked some surfing lessons for the weekend. And in this society based on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we contacted La Pedrera surfing just through their Instagram account. How chill is that! Last Sunday the friendly Uruguayan surf-dude picked us up at our bungalow with his Volkswagen van. I am deeply in love. No…In love with the van….
We drove to a beach close to La Paloma, just 20 minutes away from La Pedrera. The waves are excellent, excellent for non-pro surfers like we. La Pedrera is a little bit too dangerous for us now. Maybe in a few months. At least that is our goal.
We had to gear up with some wetsuits as the water was not that warm. After some surf instructions (on the beach) we were ready for some real action in the water. We had two different boards. A 10,6 ft which is great just to get some waves and stand on the board, but it is not flexible to navigate. And a 7,5 ft which is a bit better to navigate, but you have to stand on your board first to have that experience ;). Because of my snowboard skills I started with the smaller board.[/vc_column_text][vc_masonry_media_grid element_width=”6″ gap=”0″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1447707090357-42e8fc83-9913-10″ include=”6550,6554,6556,6552″][vc_column_text]The surf lesson lasted roughly two hours. A few times Fransisco pushed into the waves, which was superb because we could save some energy, and put our focus and attention to get on the surf board. How relaxed!
I have to say that two hours of surfing is enough. At least for me. The energy level is going down each time you have to get on your board (or trying) and to go back into the water and position yourself behind the waves. Also I wanted catch almost every wave. Now I have learned to have patience. At least a little bit ;). Also I have learned that it is important to spot good waves, and that they come in sets. Only problem is that I don’t know how to spot them myself…
But the surfing experience was fun. And I want more! We had one lesson before in Panama, and even one time in The Netherlands, but this was the first time that we (especially Bart) were actually standing.
The encouraging approach form our surf-dude Fransico helped us a lot. You need a good coach. And improving our surf skills is now our goal for next year. 2016 will be our surf year! Click here to watch our short YouTube clip for our surfing skills so far. Awesome ;)!
Have you ever tried to learn surfing? Would you want to learn it, or you prefer just the beach?