Georgia Magazine - June 2018 - 30

Hanging 10 on Tybee

COURTESY TURNER HORTON

The island's best-kept secret suits beginners, develops champions

BY LESLIE MOSES

'It's just fun'

Yes, of course she'll surf. That's
what Bloess, 16, decides while standing barefoot on Tybee's south end
one Tuesday during spring break.
East winds churn the water "like
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a washing machine," according to her father, John
Bloess, who says western
winds make better waves.
Poor surf canceled her
plans on the North Beach
two hours earlier, and the
Atlantic Ocean, at 58 degrees, feels quite cold. Most
beachgoers stay on shore
this afternoon.
But the surfing champion dons her wetsuit and
paddles out anyway. John
Bloess describes his daughter's determined "eye of the Top: A youngster learns to surf on Tybee Island's small
tiger" look: She's "going to waves, which are ideal for beginners. Above: Atsushi
crush it." He says she would "Hot Sushi" Yamada operates Hot Sushi's Happy Surf
have surfed for hours, but Camp Aloha! on Tybee. Originally from Japan, Yamada
after about 20 minutes he also is a professional snow skier.
calls her in to take a picture.
She rides to shore, never warming up after school.
to the cold water.
"It's just fun," the straight-A stuJohn Bloess grew up surfing in dent says.
Texas and offered his children boards
"That young woman there, she's
when they showed interest, which really good," says Atlanta's Susan
was age 5 or 6 for Anna. Her brother Casey, pointing to Anna Bloess.
Jackson, 12, learned on a foam board
at age 3.
'Look at that perfect wave!'
Anna Bloess wants to join a
Casey self-classifies as a beginworld tour and live in Hawaii. She ner. The Florida native surfed in high
surfs for up to six hours on most days school, but it's been five years since
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during summer break and sometimes
COURTESY ATSUSHI YAMADA

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ou can get a hint of Tybee Island's
best-kept secret as Libby Muenckler drives her GMC Acadia around
town with a surfboard.
People ask where she's surfing,
doubting that Tybee has waves.
"And we do," Muenckler says.
Tybee's surf offers a paradox: It's
perfect for children learning the sport,
and it makes champions of locals.
Cautious mothers like its "slow easy
rollers" and sandy-bottom beaches;
locals like to win tournaments after
mastering Tybee's temperamental
tides and small waves, conditions
that upset other competitors.
"I've always grown up knowing
that if you can surf Tybee, you can
surf anywhere," Muenckler says.
So book summer lessons for
vacation, or hang 10 with Tybee surfer Anna Bloess, the current 16-andunder female "Easterns" champion
for the  Eastern Surfing Association.
But just don't discredit Tybee as a
surf spot.
 

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