Sharing the S.T.O.K.E.E.

"Surfing is the best thing ever!"

This website is a place where I regularly attempt to share my over abundance of surf love. This past weekend, however, I had a chance to share it for real with some awesome kids at the annual S.T.O.K.E.E event (Surfing to Offer Kids Environmental Education) put on by Surfrider, MA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

lil shredder

Held on the shores of Nahant, MA, just beyond the hazy fuzz and buzz of the Boston skyline, this is an event where kids–who do not get to the beach too often–get to have a turn at surfing. It doesn't matter if the wind is a little onshore, or if the waves are less than perfect. Today, all that matters is finding the energy in that one wave that has traveled all the way across the sea for you to ride. All you need is someone to guide you to that sweet spot and give you that little push.

Jamie teaches the art of the pop up

At one point I heard one of the kids exclaim, "Surfing is the best thing ever!". In a sport that so often takes itself waaaaaay too seriously, it's nice to get back to where we all started once upon a time. In the months leading up to this event, I repeatedly heard some of the more seasoned Surfrider members saying that this is the best event of the year. They were right.

Photo Credit: Christian Kozowyk -

Big thanks to Surfrider, MA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Brickhouse, Christian Kozowyk and all of the volunteers, big brothers and little brothers that made this happen. I'm already looking forward to S.T.O.K.E.E. 2012!


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