As you may already know, the UAE has a goal of breaking all the records they can. The world’s tallest building? Check. The world’s longest air-conditioned sky bridge? Check. The world’s most expensive cell phone? Check. So, it should come as no surprise that the UAE is also home to the Middle East’s “first whitewater rafting, kayaking and surfing facility.” This is known as Wadi Adventure and it is a pretty cool place.
I spend a lot of time at Wadi Adventure as part of my fitness regime, they have two large lakes that we swim in (training and competition). Back in October when I did my first competition here (swimming and running) my teammate and I came in 2nd. As part of our prize we got a free group surf or kayak lesson. It is now May and I finally decided to use it.
My lesson was booked for today at 10am. After swimming and running for an hour (2K each), I headed over to my surfing lesson. In my group lesson were two young boys (maybe nine or ten years old) who had already taken a lesson or two and me. We started off just riding some waves (laying on the board), then while the boys kept practicing I got out of the water to learn how to stand up.
After about five minutes of practicing on land we headed back to the water where I practiced some more. Then when I didn’t feel ready at all (would I ever?), I started trying to catch a wave and stand up. I actually stood up on my very first try! But then, I crashed and burned a few times. I got a few really good rides in and a couple pretty good crashes. But, I really did surf after only about thirty minutes of lessons, so that is pretty good I think!
The father of the two boys was taking photographs and took a few of me. Enjoy!