I was learning to sail!

I was learning to sail!

The summer has softly arrived. And with the summer, our mind has started to think about beaches, pools, long days, rest time, lunches, talks until dusk, bonding with family and friends; this is the time for rewards, it is the leisure time when you can enjoy your people and the longed for holidays.
I remember that, as a child, my holidays were… eternal. I don’t know if this was because the summer stretched for several months or due to the fact that we never thought of the end. Probably because of both. The thing is that my summers, as it happens with most of the kids, were dedicated to something key: play, play, play and play.
I love the summertime, I love going to the beach and since I have decided to continue enjoying myself, to do things, to play, I have decided to learn how to kitesurf, which is a wonderful sport, very easy to learn and one we can practice along the coastline.
To learn how to I went to Tarifa and I discovered Tarifa Air Force (www.tarifaairforce.com), a kitesurf school which has been designed thinking of you. I spoke to Patricia, the boss. I cannot hide that I felt some fear, would it be dangerous? I am very clumsy and I longed to enjoy myself while learning. Our talk served the purpose of me seeing that it is very easy to start sailing the seas on your board and with a multi-coloured kite governing the sky.
She explained that this is not a sport in which physical force is essential, rather skill is key, so you really only need to follow the teacher’s instructions. It so happened like that: we had our first lesson on the sand, not touching the water. Juan, our instructor, taught us how to control the kite in the air so that it would be me who would be in charge of its position and strength, to fly it back again whenever it fell. He not only taught me how to control the kite with no effort, but I also learnt how there are still empathetic persons around who love to teach. Juan is from Valencia and years ago he decided to move to Tarifa and make a dream come true: to work and live in harmony with nature.
During my second lesson they made me get into a neoprene suit and they threw me into the water with my kite. New challenge: to be able to stand on the board and sail. Being in control of the kite, this, again, was a matter of learning the technique and practicing. If my aim was for my mind to ‘click’ I can assure you it did. During the time I spent learning, on top of enjoying myself, my worldly concerns just disappeared. I managed to focus on the sea and on improving myself so that, after many tries, I started to sail. Can you imagine how success feels after all the effort, dedication and learning? I was sailing!!! And it was me standing on the board, just as I had seen others do so naturally. Challenge successfully met!!! I have a new toy. A toy that allows me to enjoy the sea not only by lounging on the beach or being with my friends and family, no, one that allows me to practice a sport and enjoy nature. Thank you, Patricia; thank you, Juan; thanks, Tarifa Air Force!