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by Cregory l. Wilcox
Illustrated by Ken Hively
Practically every Monday and Wednesday during the school
year a group of surfers meet in the post-dawn gloom along a
stretch of beach at the end of Bay Street in Santa Monica.
Some stand with their backs to Synanon, the drug rehabilita-
tion center, gazing out over the Pacific, watching for swells.
Others hunch over their boards, applying a layer of wax that will
keep their feet from slipping when they challenge the waves.
From a distance their bodies, clad in wet suits, resemble wave
splashed rocks shimmering in the early morning sun.
But these aren't the archetype surfing nomads who roam the
coast questing the ultimate wave. They are Valley College
students and members of Coach Jerome Weinstein's surfing
This half-unit class was started during the fall semester.
"The Physical Education Department is always looking for
new classes," Weinstein said, "and I knew that surfing had a lot
of student interest, so I approached Ray Follasco, P.E. Depart-
ment chairman, with the idea, and he liked it!!
Although the sun was shining, a late winter fog had quilted
the area, and Weinstein's breath was expelled in the form of
white clouds. He thrust his hands deep into the pockets of a tan
parka and watched his pupils negotiate small waves.
Weinstein said that besides teaching the basics of surfing, the
course also stresses water safety rules. "We try to have one
person on the beach watching the class and one person in the
water at all times." The safety record has been good, and the
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coach said they have had only one mishap so far. 'One of the
girls wiped out and didn't clear her board. She got hit in the
nose when she came up, but went right back out."
Response to the class has been good, 60 students are enrolled
in the sections for the spring, and Weinstein said they are trying
to include the class in the summer school curriculum.
Surfing is one of the harder sports to learn, said Weinstein,
who has been surfing one year, because it takes strength,
agility, and guts. "The hardest part for a beginner is learning
when to stand.
"It is a matter of timing and 'feel' and takes beginners a little
while to pick it up."
The initial cash outlay is substantial. Wet suits can cost over
Headless surfer? No, it is Coach
Weinstein winding up a morning of
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