This past Saturday 4/18/2015, The Girls Leadership Network girl leaders participated in a surfing clinic with Surfesteam; a local community program that incorporates surfing, self-esteem, and teamwork. As described by their staff, “Surfesteam empowers young women through surf and mindfulness training to equip them with important tools to transition into adulthood. Through our training, we deliver a life changing, experimental, and curriculum based program that teaches girls essential life skills; builds present moment awareness and inner strength to become compassionate and productive citizens of society.”
At the end of the last GLN meeting, the girl leaders overwhelmingly voted to celebrate the year with a surfing clinic. Saturday morning, as soon as the GLN members arrived to Carmel Beach, it was obvious that they were all eagerly anticipating their surf lesson. Before the surf lesson, Maria Chan, a mindfulness instructor, led the GHGH girls and educators through a meditation session. Maria encouraged the GLN to trust themselves and to live in the present moment.
Surf instructors, Leona and Tom, then led the girls through a surf lesson on the beach. Leona shared how the ocean, has been there for her through thick and thin, and how thrilled she was to teach the GLN how to surf. Leona then led the girls through the essentials, making sure their toes hovered over the tail of the board, how to paddle, and how to pop up in the ‘sweet spot.’ And then it was time for the girls to get in!
These girls didn’t even hesitate! They waded in the water with surfesteam instructors, Blair, Leona, and Jessie to catch their first waves alongside their fellow GLN girl leaders and PLN educators.