Taking on the wave

SurfVive offering free surfing lessons

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Ryan Macaulay, a director for SurfVive, believes surfing is a way of life.

To him, everything else is just detail.

Macaulay began surfing more than 20 years ago when he was a child and describes the sport as a love for the ocean.

He believes anyone can surf no matter what age they are.

For this reason, he and his team made it their mission three years ago to teach others how to “sow love through surfing, food and all forms of art.”

Weather permitting, SurfVive will offer free surfing lessons to people of all ages, abilities and needs Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at Isla Blanca Park behind the D.J. Lerma Pavilion.

Surfboards will be provided at each lesson.

Aug. 25 will be SurfVive’s last free surfing lesson for the summer.

According to Erica Lerma, a director of SurfVive, the goals for the surfing lessons are to teach people how to take care of their body, environment and community as a whole.

“We feel teaching people how to surf can make connections between people and the ocean, which motivates people to take care of the ocean,” Lerma explained.

Last Sunday, one of Lerma’s students said it was a life-changing experience to know what it feels like to ride a wave.

“Hearing the students say things like that is really special to us,” Lerma said. “I love seeing people get excited about surfing and think the lessons have been going very well.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT — Surf’N Sundays

WHERE — Isla Blanca Park, 33174 State Park Road 100, South Padre Island

WHEN — Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m.

ENDS — Sunday, Aug. 25

COST — FREE