Water Works: Preparing to Hang Ten with Indoor SurfSet Classes
Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, June 2010
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Officially moved back to Long Beach today, and my Summer (Freedom) has begun. Having my own apartment in Irvine was definitely a change and I couldn’t have started my Summer any other way. I finally learned to swim and did this more regularly than running! I’m so intrigued by the way swimming makes me feel and want to take advantage of this ability. Just a little effort here kept me fit and well enough to run once or twice every couple weeks while making new PR’s. Also studied for countless nights, played basketball on some nights ALL night, increased my vertical at Open gym, and became a master at playing pool. Got a job as a Volleyball instructor for USYVL, and as a tutor! I can’t wait to finish this Summer with a bang, and head back to Irvine soon.
Its official. There’s nothing left to do, except deal with the anticipation of welcome week, attend the record setting dodgeball tournament, workout with the triathlon club, and begin classes. Hooray for 18 units as a freshman! Oh, I forgot- dorm shopping. There’s so much to get but plenty of time left.
Parents want you to grow up, but remain a kid. I’m going to miss them, but then again, I’m only an hour away. ;)
C/O 2016 5eva
"It’s great to just look back on everything you’ve been through sometimes, only to realize how blessed you are."
The first day of Summer seems like it was just yesterday! So far, I’ve gotten to see my grandma from Texas once again (the last time was during Summer before freshmen year, when my life consisted of six hour days at Belmont Shore for Poly vb tryouts, and a new baby sister!) I’ve played countless pranks on my siblings, been in deadly water balloon fights, spent week nights assisting in Royal Rangers with five-year olds and youth services, had fun on many many beach days and a friends triathlon, and olympic practices, and plenty of other things I can’t remember at the moment :D MY OH MY, don’t even get me started with all the time I spend in my kitchen! I’ve been cooking new, exciting things everyday, from stuffed Portabella mushrooms with Feta cheese and potato slices, to Soul food, and of course, authentic Asian food. Everyday is another adventure I have yet to discover. I stay burnin’ in my kitchen or the hot Summer sun. Running… Its too addicting to just stop. I find it strange sometimes to be such a big fan of physical exhaustion, but when you’re raised to spend afternoons and evenings in parks, playing in great tetherball competitions or coed soccer, it just stays with you all your life. I remember staying in the neighborhood park with my father and siblings until the street lights turned off. Yes, off for good! (Wayyy back then.) My father has been playing handball for the past twenty years, for two, three, or even more hours- daily. No, not the kind of handball from elementary where we made up the silliest rules! The hardcore kind with a little ball against a giant wall haha. I admire my father for teaching me to be passionate about sports and exercise, by simply doing what HE loves. Regardless of all the perks, my family and I enjoy sports and fitness because of the interactions with others, and the intensity that gets us to think we could do anything we put our minds to. So far, I’ve been through 6 years of volleyball through clubs and school teams (about 12 seasons), a couple months of gymmin’, avid bike workouts (from twenty to thirty miles daily), two years of Track, an off-season of XC, and it doesn’t end there. My only goal in life is to grow up to be happy , healthy, and successful. Its possible right?
Just do what you love.