Monday, July 23, 2007

Near perfect weekend

Saturday morning I got Johnny to the beach at 7 A.M for his first surf contest. It was for beginners and kids who had never placed before. His friend finally talked him into to trying a competion. He didn't think he was good enough.

When I first got there it was windy and a little on the chilly side but the sun was shining. Johnny entered the short and longboard contest. They also had boogie board and then some opens for more experienced surfers. LONG DAY! Johnny's heats were hours apart.

He got first place in the first heat of both long and short board. That was a nice little boost. I have no idea how they judge. It seems very subjective. When the finals FINALLY came he ended up w/3rd place in both long and short. Not bad. He was one of oldest in his age group. Some of these little kids blew me away.

Lots of prizes given out during the day, tons of friends, and really beautiful weather. Michael even called right after Johnny's first two heats so I got to tell him how well Johnny was doing. He was stoked to hear Johnny was trying competion and placing and of course it really made MY day to hear from Michael.

The day ended at about 7:30 so we all were pretty exhausted and went to bed very early. The boys were back on the beach at 7 A.M next day! I met them a little later with John and we enjoyed another gorgeous day.


Blogger Gardener Greg said...

Congrats to your son. I was a surfer when I was young but I never got into competition. I wish I had.

7/23/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Since a bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work, I'm not sure what level of awesome your "good day" becomes, but it sure looks like a great time.

7/23/2007 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Babzy said...

What a great day! Awesome photos and story. AND you heard from Michael. Yay

7/23/2007 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

What a day you had! One son winning and the other being able to call you. All while at the beach. Lucky you.

7/23/2007 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Mary, I just came from Greg's blog. I lived my first 47 years in Maryland - and oh, how I miss Ocean City and the Delaware beaches. I haven't been to Ocean City in three years.

7/23/2007 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Greg- The competition was fun but I know a lot of surfers who just don't get into it. Someday I am going to get on a board.

7/23/2007 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

JM- I love the way you think.

Babzy- Yay!

Donnie-Pretty damn lucky.

Mary- OC is growing fast. It makes me sad. It seems to be the way it is no matter where you live.

7/23/2007 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

oh, how I miss Ocean City- used to spend ALOT of time there....this is great seeing surf and sand and Surfing action....sigh...

You are on my Monday Blog Roundup ;->

7/23/2007 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Enigma- You have certainly been everywhere haven't you. Come for a visit any time.
And thanks for the shout-out. Coming from you that is quite an honor.

7/23/2007 05:05:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Surfs Up!
Can't beat a day on the beach
Sand, Sea, Sun and Surf

7/23/2007 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

Hey that's great! Good on him. I used to surf when I was younger.

7/23/2007 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

I used to watch those surfing shows on TV when I was young, and wish I could do that, but Michigan wasn't surfer's paradise!:) Now, I'm nearby the ocean, but a bit old, I fear.:) Congratulations to Johnny!!

7/23/2007 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Way to go Johnny!! So jealous of your sunny days at the beach - it's been raining here every day! :-(

7/23/2007 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Wow! What a start for Johnny!
I can hear the Beach Boys in the background!!!

7/24/2007 04:57:00 AM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

Swwet. Local kid does good!! Love it.

7/24/2007 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Souns like your youngest is making his way out of a "shell?" Great way to do it and with so much support! Good for him!

Always my best for Michael too! ; )

7/24/2007 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Oh Mary, what fantastic photo's, and how wonderful to live not only near to the beach, but to one that is actually WARM enough to enjoy!

Your boy did well, didn't he?

7/24/2007 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Quasar- No argument from me!

WT- How could you quit? I can see how it would be addictive.

TUA- I watch them now and I'm mesmerized. And they do surf on one of those lakes. I think I remember seeing they get towed into the wake of big ships. Does that sound right?

La Bellina- Unfortunately we could use some rain here.

Cream- He's a natural athlete so I'm sure he will conquer this.

Maria- Yes, yes.

CM- He needs lots of encouragement to compete in a new sport. ONce he gets there he's okay. I try to stress have fun and don't worry about winning.

SWS- I am working my up to a beach that is warm all year. That's the ticket.
He did a great job.

7/24/2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

It looks like you had a near perfect weekend. I'm so happy for you. Johnny looks good on the board and the call from Michael must have made your weekend. The beach looks great!!!!!!!!

7/24/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn, it was seriously a picture perfect day.

7/24/2007 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Congrats, proud mama!! When I was his age I used to surf very similar small waves in NJ. One day a hurricane came up the coast and the waves were great. :-)

7/25/2007 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger Lynn@ZelleBlog said...

Yeah you kind of need a hurricane or something in Joisey....

Sounds like a great day, mary!

7/25/2007 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

dear mary,
wow! great pics, great surfin', way to go Johnny! we love you Michael!
peace, peter

7/25/2007 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger Shelly said...

sounds like you had an all around great day, I love all the pictures.

7/25/2007 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Outstanding! I have confined my beachcombing to the Great Lakes, where surf can be found, but my little ones prefer to dig and build sand castles :)

7/26/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

This is just beautiful for words.

7/26/2007 01:47:00 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

This is just beautiful for words.

7/26/2007 01:47:00 AM  
Blogger Sornie said...

Now i remember why I don't surf -- besides living in Minnesota, i tend to sink in the water.

7/26/2007 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Tomcat and Lynn- Yeah. It's just like Jersey. They get a good day every now and again. If they were too big I might not be so encouraging.

Peter- Thanks for the mosaic pics.

Shelly- It was the best. Now its supposed to rain.

Jollyroger- We used to build big old castles.

Pursey- Thanks. I'm longing for another day like this but its gonna rain (which we need) so I'll have to wait.

Sornie- That's what the boards for silly.

7/27/2007 08:34:00 AM  
Blogger dawn said...

Thanks for the comment I left a new post today that I want you to check out. As always have a fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!!

7/27/2007 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

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7/27/2007 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger Oceanshaman said...

How cool, Mary . . .

I was out on the beach briefly this evening-- a quick rehearsal for a marriage I'll be officiating on Sunday. The water, the sand, the misty briny breeze . . . mmmmmm . . .

I loves the beach . . .

Can't wait to get back in the water . . .

October 24 is not that far away . . .

7/27/2007 09:42:00 PM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

That's so cool!
Congratulations to your son!

7/28/2007 12:42:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oceanshaman- I'm sure it's quite hard to be away. It gets in your system.

Katie- Thanks.

7/28/2007 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Mary, that day in 1962 was the only time we aver had west coast waves there.

7/28/2007 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Congratulations to Johnny and glad you heard from Michael!

7/31/2007 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Good for Me said...

wow, that's pretty amazing for a kid who didn't think he was good enough. way to go!

7/31/2007 10:40:00 PM  

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