Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Surf's up on Waikiki beach!
Each day we walk down to Waikiki beach in the mornings to let Snuggle Bug and Boo play in the sand and ocean.

One day as we were passing a beach front shop, Snuggle Bug noticed a boogie board in the shop window and asked if he could have it.  Oronzo took him in and let him pick out which one he liked.

At first Snuggle Bug just held his new "surf" board.  Then he asked me to pull him on it in the water, with him laying on his stomach and holding on to the board.

Today, there was a breakthrough, thanks to this "older" boy on the beach.

This boy and his three friends, all within the 6-7 year age range, were using their boogie boards to hone their surfing skills.  

Snuggle Bug watched as they stood on their boards and balanced in the shallow part of the water.  He noticed that they put the boogie board strap around their wrist on so he wanted his on his wrist too.

He asked me to hold his hands as he attempted to stand up on his boogie board.  

In no time, the older boys were cheering Snuggle Bug on, giving him pointers like,

"Keep the front of the board up slightly out of the water," and 

"Real surfers put the strap around their ankles when they surf, but it's okay for you to wear yours on your wrist for now."

Snuggle Bug spent the entire morning on the beach focused on learning how to balance standing up on his boogie board.  He was excited that he was "surfing"!  I was impressed that he caught on so quick, has great balance, and is overcoming his fear of water.  Not bad for a new 4 year old!

Here's are some more pictures of my little surfing dude!

As for Boo, she was content to search the shore for rocks and shells, filling her bucket full of her treasures!

And when they put out a sign cautioning about jellyfish, she decided she wasn't going to let jellyfish stand in her way of having a good time!  She stayed out in the water.

Good thing her brave daddy was out scouring the water and removing any jellyfish that he spotted before they could reach her.

We have one more week left on Oahu island.  We're sure going to miss this beautiful place!

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At 8:12 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Looks like a fun time. I like how they put our a sign about jelly fish. I think all beaches should do that.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outstanding! Those other boys were angels in disguise. The jelly fish, however - nasty!


At 6:55 PM, Blogger Erin said...

So glad that you guys are enjoying your time in Hawaii - I know you need the vacation!!! :)

At 9:34 AM, Blogger lightshines said...

Wow, he caught on fast! I could never get the hang of it. From your pictures, it looks like you are in the same place we were 2 years ago. My sister got bit by a jelly fish while we were there. Ouch.


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