Georgia Magazine - June 2018 - 32

LESLIE MOSES

LESLIE MOSES

Tybee Island resident Anna Bloess, 16, is the 16-and-under female "Easterns"
champion for the Eastern Surfing Association. She hopes to join a world surfing tour.
(Continued from page 30)

she's surfed at all. She had just a few
days of vacation.
"It's especially nice to be able
to come for a four-hour drive and
be here," says Kathy Evans, Casey's
partner.
But they realize a local fact:
Patience is required. Poor waves continued on day two, so they toured Savannah's historic downtown instead.
Wednesday offers better weather.
A half-dozen surfers, three paddleboarders and several skimboarders
play in the North Beach's "big bowl"
of roughly 60-degree water, many
wearing wetsuits. Casey and son Logan, a Rhode Island college student,
surf among them.
Tybee's north end, where surf
schools teach children, is a beginner's
spot, says John Bloess. He points to
jetties stretching into the ocean near
the island's "break point." Nice long
"barrels" form to the left of the rocks.
Even passing container ships make
waves there.
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Susan Casey of Atlanta and her son Logan, a college
student in Rhode Island, visited Tybee Island for a surfing
vacation this year.

"Look at that perfect wave!" he
says, pointing. "Oh-hoo!"
 

'One of the main things my
daughter talks about'

Timing is crucial. "You've got to
know where to be at the right time at
the right tide," John Bloess says.
Locals trust a big yellow buoy
bobbing in the waves about 40 miles
off shore. Surfers understand its dizzying data and honor its numbers.
(See "Surf's up!" on page 36 for websites and ideal conditions.) They find
suitable waves when indicators hit
the right range.
But say that a woman calls a Tybee surf school from Pennsylvania to
book lessons for a Girl Scout troop-
a year in advance. Then indicators
aren't helpful, and local instructors
get creative.
Turner Horton, 34, owns Tybee
Surf Lessons, one of the local surfing
schools. He not only grew up surfing
on Tybee but also studied music education and music composition in colMore online at www.georgiamagazine.org

lege. Horton offers paddleboard lessons or ukulele classes when waves
fail for a scheduled surfing lesson.
His teachings fall under a Hawaiian
theme, and eight years in Maui gave
him aloha spirit to share.
Students don't even have to
know how to swim.
"Anybody can learn to surf," Horton says.
He's taught adults who have never seen the beach; surf lessons were
their introduction to the ocean.
He recalls one girl, about 12
years old, who was "pretty upset to
be out there in the water." She cried,
overwhelmed by the first few waves.
Then her surfboard overturned.
But Horton rallied her friends to
encourage her, and soon the girl was
surfing with a smile.
"He worked with her, built her
confidence up," says Amanda Mather,
whose preteen daughter, Bailee, was
in that class.
Bailee had never surfed, either,
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