I haven't been on here in a while but I thought I might share some surf related stories. I'm hoping to keep this positive while I share my story and I hope to hear your story in a similar way. In July I went to Tamarindo Costa Rica on a family surf vacation and scored waves all 7 days while we were in Tamarindo , We also visited the Arenal mountain volcano area and while we visited there the first 3 days of our vacation I was really focused on surfing, even as we hiked and zip lined through the area I imagined the mountains as waves and the shape of the land as the water . I only tell you this to explain the fact that I had never focused on or been in touch with what I hoped to accomplish while surfing. I have never experienced such a pull from the ocean with such clarity. I hope many of you have had that feeling but for me it was a first. Upon arrival at Tamarindo ( the Diria resort ) I looked at at the ocean near river mouth and my son and I left my wife and daughter behind , rented a few boards and surfed for 3 hours. In those 3 hours we had met so many people and found the right guy to take us on some surf excursions the next few days and once again I was dialed in and one with the ocean. Fast forward to last week, Last week I spent 6 days in Nicaragua ( solo trip first time there) and it was unbelievable and fun. Some days were just to big or heavy at a few spots so it was easy enough to go to another spot and really have a great time. the 4th day I was there i went back to one of the bigger spots and found it with manageable conditions so I paddled out and after about an hour of some of the longest rights which is back side for me I noticed the surf was growing. I decided to stay out and watch some of the better surfers just ride some amazing barrels that i'm sure I would not survive. During this trip I came to realize that nothing had changed except my gratitude for surfing, sliding on waves and all the people who encouraged me to stick with it and taught me a few things, maybe about surfing and maybe about life. The last 6 months or so I have really grown to understand what surfing is to me and the comfort it brings me when i'm going to surf and the memories i keep when i'm away from the ocean. Anyone can try to surf and many people call themselves surfers but very few of us really appreciate the gift we have and the people we meet and the relationships we form. Well as long winded as it was that's one surfing story- Happy Hollidays to you and if any of you are near cocoa beach this weekend join the fun for surfing Santas, it's for a great cause!