Robert Parker in Bali

Robert Parker in Bali
blog contributor Robert Parker Surfing Bali

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Never too old to be a Grommet!

Here's an entry for your over 50 surfing blog.

My husband and I have been married for 35 years. Both he and I have lived in California beach towns -- on and off -- both before and after we met -- but we never surfed! We loved the atmosphere in these places, but didn't realize it was surfing which made them mellow and fun. (Especially weird for him, as he was raised in California and was always athletic).

Anyway, we are both in our 60s and retired and we found a Mexican beach town to live in. We are surfing for the first time and we adore it - even though we both suck, of course. He has chronic neck and back pain, I have lower back pain, arthitis in my knees, and a rotator cuff injury, but we don't care. We are so so happy in the waves. Haven't laughed this much in years and years. We love the ocean, the sand, the surfers and the scene. Everyone seems so happy on the beach. It is truly a relaxing and joyful experience.

We body board for 2 hours and it takes us 2 days to recover. We don't care, we are having a blast. It's almost like we are young again, and living in Santa Cruz in the 70s. Hey, there's always Tylenol. My husband is going to be trying out a longboard in a few days. I'm still on the body board, building up my strength. Surfing is a beautiful beautiful sport and lifestyle.

Thanks for the blog. We'll be following it.

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