How a Surf Trip Changed my View of my Dad

The wheels made contact with the tarmac and the entire aircraft shook. I looked over at my dad in the seat next to me who jolted awake and immediately sat up straight. We were in Liberia Costa Rica, on a surf trip together, heading to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in the sleepy surf town of Tamarindo. Surfing is something my dad and I share I passion for, and I was eager to get in the water. At the same time, I was nervous. As we waited at the baggage claim for my brand new board to come over the carousel (a beautiful 6’0” fish cut), I began to worry. A week was a long time to spend with my father. The last time I spent this long alone with my dad, I was twelve and he had taken me to North Carolin

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