PASCALE: STAND-UP PADDLE SURF TRIP
I have been stand-up paddle boarding for 7 years, I train at a club in Hossegor. Although I liked the sound of it, I had never had the courage to give stand-up paddle surfing a go. I was scared of injuring myself, scared of not being any good, a bit scared of everything in fact.
Until the day when some of my colleagues got into it—including Françoise, who is now 69 years old!—and have since all become "hooked." So the four of us decided to go to on a SUP surf course in Morocco in early March. Or rather, they convinced to go with them despite my complete lack of skills in this discipline! Rising to the challenge, I invested in an inflatable surf SUP.
I caught my first waves the day after we arrived, at a perfect SUP spot in Aourir, between Agadir and Taghazout. I also spent a lot of time under the water! Physically, it was pretty tough. I discovered muscles I didn’t know I had. My shoulders were killing me despite the fact that I do a lot of SUP touring. In fact, I realised that you paddle just as much when SUP surfing, only much harder so that you can catch the wave.
There is one day in particular I remember when we couldn't see the waves through the fog. We couldn't make them out until they were on top of us. The waves were catching us rather than the other way around! And when all of a sudden, the sun broke through, the sets were nearly 1.5 metres high, which is like a mountain to me! That day, I still managed to take off on a great wave, I was chuffed to bits!
I had a great week with the girls, nobody was judging anybody else, we were all there to have a good time, and we had a good laugh in the water every time one of us took a tumble. In saying that, I think I won the prize for the best wipe-out!