This is VERY exciting. I was going to take pictures with my little cheesy digital camera but I roped photographer Andrea Ross-Greene into giving me some really good photos.
First of all, the weather was beautiful. I understand that on Saturday, the surf was really hard to surf in (and this came from the pros), but on Sunday, I’m told it was great. And it’s a good thing because on Sunday, they had a group for first-time surfers and I loved seeing people try it for the first time. I could tell that one woman was hooked immediately.
The event was very well organized. Congrats to Rachel Stotts, president of Project Save Our Surf and her team. There were lots of volunteers (including Tanna’s parents Nancy and David Frederick, who are VERY nice people) and everything seemed to be running very smoothly.
I got to meet a lot of cool people – pro surfers John Fortson, Trae Candy and PT Townend. And, yes, I met Gregory Harrison and Tate Donovan. I saw Jesse Spencer and I didn’t get to meet him, but I got to see them all in wetsuits and watch them surf. Very cool!
I had a lot of fun watching Tanna Frederick surf. I think she won the prize for staying on the board the longest. Go Tanna!
There was also competitive surfing. I think whoever rode the most waves in each group of surfers won a prize. There was drumming, music, food, drinks, stuff to buy and ways to contribute.
I visited the Inside The Outdoors booth and they had several very interesting critters there – a large turtle, a tarantula, a couple of snakes and, I believe they had a dragon of some sort. Really nice people and the kids loved getting to pet the snakes and the turtle. I petted the turtle and a couple of snakes.
I hope Project Save Our Surf raised a ton of money. They’re helping all of us and we should help them.
This was a marvelous, fun event. I’m definitely going again next year. See some of Andrea Ross-Greene’s beautiful photos below.