This August, I had a month of rest, rehab and reflection that I needed but didn't know I needed. I traveled a little, started school, and learned a few things.
For the beginning of the month, I traveled to the South Carolina Governor's Cup of Surfing. I couldn't compete, so I did a toe touch at the water to get the points I needed. Right now, it is all about trying to keep up with my other competitors point wise. It was good to see everybody and support everybody who was there.
The day after arriving home from Folly Beach, I started school. I am a freshman this year so everything is different. I am taking all honors classes and the only AP class offered. It can be a challenge, but it is a good kind of challenge. And I know if I don't make my grades I don't get to surf, so I am very motivated!
Because I injured my ankle and cannot surf, I did physiotherapy three times a week for 7 weeks after school. It helped me rehab my ankle so that I can surf when I go back out. It would be harder to go back into surfing if I didn't rehab my ankle. It also will help so that I won't be as likely to re-sprain my ankle. It was difficult to not be able to surf, and it was difficult to do the exercises, but it will all be worth it because my goal is to be able to surf the East Coast Championship the middle of September. I also did acupuncture even though I am afraid of needles!
This month, I learned something about myself. I have learned that my identity comes from Christ. My dad and mom keep telling me this, but this past month is when I have finally understood what it means. I also learned how much I appreciate the times that I do have at the beach to surf. I started taking it for granted and these past two months have made me appreciate the time I do have at the beach.
I didn't realize how much I needed another month long break from surfing to truly appreciate it. I am stoked to be able to surf the East Coast Championships for the ESA. It is good to know I can soon surf again!