Surfing fears and thrills for Chinese high school students in Santa Monica

Posted on 12. Mar, 2016 by in LCA News, surfing elective, 中国留学生, 美国留学

中国留学生

Brenda, second from left, and I, third from right.

By Jasmine Zhang, LCA sophomore

The first time Brenda Liu and I, students from China, surfed and felt the crash of the waves, we thought we were going to die.

“I was so scared,” said Brenda Liu. “The big waves almost killed me. I saw how the big waves could whirl people away.”

I am from Yunnan, a highland in Southern China. I had only seen the sea in pictures and video before.

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A Chinese friend and student heads out to the surf.

The sea exercised a wonderful attraction over me. I love the sea and swimming. I like surfing, even though I am not good at it. So when I enrolled at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica, I opted for surfing elective. Actually quite a few of us Chinese foreign exchange students took the class, which in the Fall semester had seven students.

Brenda agrees with me about surfing. “I thought: ‘I am young. I should try something new and different and keep learning,'” Brenda said. “I knew how to swim and snowboard, so I thought surfing would not be so difficult.”

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A new American friend in the surfing elective.

It turns out it WAS difficult for us international students. But it is fun.

“At the beginning, I was so excited and felt that I was going to do something very marvelous,” Brenda said. “I was surprised by how the sea is really salty. I basically didn’t even stand on the board the first time.”

Even though at our first outing we didn’t surf too spectacularly, we did see a dolphin, something we had never seen before. “That was the most interesting thing,” Brenda said.

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I’m on the left, next to the teacher of the surfing elective. My friend, Jenni, is right.

We splashed each other with water at the showers afterward to have a little fun.

“The first time I went surfing, I swore I wouldn’t surf again in my life because the waves scared me. I felt like they would kill me,” Brenda said. “But deep in my mind, I knew I liked it. We got tired, but we kept going and fighting the waves. We go without hesitation into the huge sea and the noisy surf.”

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Another new friend, left, and the teacher.

One of the toughest things about the surfing elective at LCA is that it starts at 7:00 a.m. “When I found out the surfing meeting is in the morning at 7:00 a.m., I feel like OMG,” Brenda said. “But the good thing is surfing was on Friday.”

It’s magical to say and live in a city by the ocean. I am from a mountain in China, but I love the sea.

 

 

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  1. […] Even though at our first outing we didn’t surf too spectacularly, we did see a dolphin, something we had never seen before. “That was the most interesting thing,” Brenda said. Read the rest of the story  美国留学. […]

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