What a year for DFW Surf Club with over 50 new members who love to be on the water. We have new members from all over the metroplex who, on the average, make it out to one of our lakeside locations at least once a week. Trying something new is what life is all about and that is just what we did over the weekend as we headed south for our annual camping trip. In the morning we met just west of Waco on the beautiful Brazos River; here we started our paddle journey to the famous white cliffs of Lover’s Leap. From there we ventured down the river where we finished our journey for lunch at Manny’s on the lake. Round 2 of the trip we hopped on the infamous 52 Foot Sea Ray thanks to Captain Michael Wilson and Waco River Charters.
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Every Wednesday DFW Surf Club members gather on Lake Lewisville and do what they love to do most- surf! Special thanks to long time active club member and two time North Texas Master’s Champ, Pam McWhorter, for setting up a new wake surfing opportunity for DFW Surf Club members.
What is your surfing background?
I had been surfing since 19 years old in Japan. (I am now 40 years old). Waves in Japan are relatively smaller than California. Only during typhoon season (autumn), very big swell drops but I could ride at most over head high. (3-4 feet) Double over head wave is impossible for me. Since I had been an week-end surfer, I am not so good at trick and performance.
Tell me about your first time wake surfing?
Fantastic!! Though wave was small, I felt more speed and thrill during wake surfing than ocean surfing on the same size wave. It was so fun that I was still riding on a wave in my dream at that night. Keeping sweet spot by taking balance is quite difficult for me. (We need to walk even on the short board to accelerate or brake). Thanks to appropriate instruction by Tyler, I could enjoy wake surfing so much at the first time and I felt that the initial private lesson is very good for beginner like me. I want to learn more!
What is the difference between surfing and wake surfing?
I think there are 2 big differences. One is that all the same long wall is continuing endlessly. The other is that power zone on the wake surfing wave is very small, narrow and sensitive. In ocean surfing, even if we loose balance, it is easy to recover because power zone is wide, but while wake surfing, once we loose balance and are out of the power spot, it is very difficult to recover.
Was wake surfing your longest time on a wave?
Of course!! My legs were still so pumping.
There is a place in Costa Rica that is magical. A little place called Tamarindo on the West Coast and an all inclusive lodging and surf camp called Witch’s Rock Surf Camp. Being in shape is a big part of being able to participate, especially surfing and once a year veteran longboarder Danny Mitchell flies from his home in Grapevine, TX after weeks of preparation on the lake.
DFW Surf’s Kristen McGregory has now fallen in love as well, officially, she says, “after taking my first surfing lesson.” She has already been three times and has another trip planned for February. She’s got to catch up with Danny who has been around fifteen times. “The beauty of Texas is that even through fall and winter I know we’ll get some nice days that you can still get out and get some paddling time in to maintain strength to gear up for those winter surf trips,” says Kristen. Kristen joined DFW Surf Club last year and has had the privilege and convenience to get on board and experience a similar pura vida/aloha-like feeling on the lake via wake surfing and paddle boarding with DFW Surf. There is nothing like the real thing, on a beach with breaking waves and Kristen is pumped to go back in February. In the meantime she tells us that paddling is an important part of her off season training to get ready: “SUP keeps me in shape and on the water when I can’t be on the ocean/at the beach.”
I remember being there with Danny and Mike O. a couple years back and we caught the early boat ride to a place called El Golfo. What’s great about WRSC is that they take you wherever the best waves are breaking up and down the coast, Ollie’s Point, Avellanas, Witch’s Rock itself, you name it. That day it was really big and breaking offshore and I remember our faces after we got back on the boat. The kind of feeling and adrenaline high that lasts a couple days.
-by Tyler Marshall
Konae is in love with stand up paddle boarding at DFW Surf. Ever since she first got on the water she has been hooked and you can find her paddling 4-5 times a week at our Lake Lewisville location. Konae recently took a trip out to California to meet up with QuickBlade founder “the mad scientist” Jim Terrell and team rider Anthony Vela. What a great story about her experience from flatwater to ocean for the first time.
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The experience at DFW Surf is beyond words. The convenience of a lakeside surf shop, top of the line equipment, paddles and racing boards from brand names like Bark, Surftech, Riviera, Bounce and Fanatic for only $29/month. Interested in becoming a member? Click here for more info about our club and why so many like Konae and her family are getting hooked.
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