East Coast Runner Turned Malibu Surfer

Surfing In Malibu

Surfing in Malibu was never even a thought for Jordan and Collin. That is, until 18 months ago, when the two found themselves at the Malibu Pier, contemplating if Collin should accept a job offer that would move them from New York to Los Angeles. After having lunch, they walked down to Surfrider Beach and sat there in awe. Jordan watched the littlest girl carrying the biggest longboard and thought to herself, “Damn, if only I could have learned to surf when I was that young.”

A Chance Encounter Surf Lesson

I received a phone call from a friend who operates a surf lesson company in Malibu. She had advised me that she had a family emergency and she was not going to be able to make it to teach her lesson. I offered to step in and go meet Jordan and Collin. This would be the beginning of an almost fairytale like bromance that exists today. I proceeded down to the beach with them for their first surf lesson in Malibu. Over the course of the next two months, Jordan and Collin met with me every weekend. They were dedicated to surfing Surfrider Beach, an infamous wave that requires a high skill of ocean and general surf knowledge/ability. During our months of training together they progressed with every session.

Graduation Day: Surfing Surfrider

On January 20, 2018 Jordan and Collin met me at Surfrider Beach in Malibu. The waves were 3-4 feet with perfect shape. This would be a change from the 1-2 foot waves they had been surfing at Adventures In Malibu’s private beach break. Surfrider is a point break wave with a rocky bottom and requires an intermediate to advanced ability level to even catch a wave. After spending a few minutes on the beach discussing the wave and the optimal way to surf it, they were ready to hit the water. No one, including me (their coach), could have anticipated what would happen next.

It was as if Mother Nature had been watching them since day one and had decided that today would be their best day ever. The ocean was going to reward Jordan for all her hard work on this day. A 5-foot set came through the point. I got the two in position to catch the wave. The rest was up to them. Jordan paddled her butt off to catch this wave. Once she was on the wave there was nothing I could do; she would now have to lean on everything I had taught her during our previous surf lessons and put it all together. Well, she not only stood up but she rode the open face of the wave across the point. I’m not the sentimental type, but I was moved beyond words. Jordan had accomplished her dream. She was surfing with the big kids!

I will let the photo do the talking but I will end with this: Jordan, I am so proud of you and honored to be your surf coach/ surf mentor. My heart is beaming with joy for you. I love you guys.

It’s Never Too Late

If you are truly dedicated to your pursuit — whatever it may be — wanting it is not enough. You need to be willing to put in the time, willing to fall, willing to get out of your comfort zone. In Jordan’s case, her countless hours of surf lessons with the team at Adventures In Malibu paid off. We hope this post serves as inspiration to others that it’s never too late to learn something new. It’s never too late to grow. It’s never ever too late to be like Jordan. #AdventuresInMalibu

— Coach Jason, Adventures In Malibu