Traveling solo is a rewarding experience, but one of my favorite parts is making connections with new and familiar faces. Upon booking my vacation to Hawaii, I had to reach out to my childhood buddy Chelsea.
See, Chelsea and I used to get in a tiny bit of trouble in elementary school. That trouble included putting Justine in a garbage can (don’t worry, it was empty). I was excited to reconnect after almost twenty years, and over a a surf session was even better.
Chelsea helps to run Ohana Surf Project, an amazing surfing school in the heart of Waikiki. Their bus is located under a sea of beautiful banyan and palm trees, and it is next to a cool little cafe specializing in poke and acai bowls.
I was a lot more anxious for this surfing lesson, and I attribute it to my torn meniscus in Australia. There is very little that’s scarier than getting injured on the other side of the world. I was able to relax because 1. The Hawaii hospitals would take my insurance 2. Ohana Surf Project holds small group lessons, so I knew I’d get the attention that I needed to remain injury-free.
After getting out of my own head, I was able to stay on my board, enjoy myself, and take in the amazing view.
But the epic falls were just as fun.
And yes, that is Chelsea laughing at me as I swallow some sea water. Visit Ohana Surf Project on Instagram for some more photos of their daily lessons on the coolest beach on Oahu. Interested in booking? Visit their site for more info!