Pt. 1 “I have surfed twice before around 3 years ago, both unsuccessfully. Back then, I thought that surfing will never be for me. I thought that it is for the people with indomitable will and superb physique. Then one afternoon in Baler, the shore is filled with tourists, my energy is high, my wallet is with extra 350 pesos, just enough to pay for an instructor and rent a board, I decided to give surfing a try. I said to myself, there’s no turning back now. It’s now or never.
So that gloomy afternoon, with uneasiness on my knees and worries in my head, I proceeded. I pushed the board so hard as I’m attempting to stand on it for the first time. I stumbled and fall. My instructor, Chris, told me to avoid getting too excited. I don’t have the guts to say to him, ‘I’m not excited, I’m too afraid!!!’. And so, after that, I talked to myself. ‘Please relax. It’s just a wave.’ Maybe it took me 5 or more tries to be at ease with the waves and with my emotions. Then, magic happens! I was able to stand on my board once. Twice. On the third time. And back then, I know, I can do it. Surfing is truly for me, it just has to see me working my butt off!” - Nolleen Gonzales @heybaydreamer #theoceanisfemale