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COURTESY ATSUSHI YAMADA
WEN MCNALLY

Students pause for a photo amid surfing lessons from Hot Sushi's Happy
Surf Camp Aloha! on Tybee Island.

Tybee Island is an
especially good place
for children to surf because the waves don't
get really big, she says.
No previous experience is required for
If the waves are acting up on Tybee Island, instructor Turner
lessons, and even lesHorton of Tybee Surf Lessons activates his backup plan:
sons aren't a requireteaching students to play the ukulele.
ment to surf.
But with lessons,
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each student (from toddlers to age
and the class itself was a surprise. 70) is up at least once, surfing within
Her Girl Scout troop from Kentucky two hours, says Atsushi "Hot Sushi"
toured "the mecca" (Savannah, home- Yamada, who  leads Tybee's Happy
town of Juliette Gordon Low, the or- Surf Camp Aloha!.
ganization's founder) in 2017, but
Yamada  recommends mindfulthey wanted another activity.
ness: Appreciate the seabirds and
Surfing lessons perfectly suited smell of the air, and feel the water
the girls and established a must-do and waves.
activity for every Mather family beach
"Free your mind and enjoy evtrip ever since.
erything around you," he says.
"It's one of the main things my
daughter talks about from that trip," 'All my worries just go away'
Mather says.
When indicators and weather are
In Hawaii, waves can change in good, surfers and swimmers crowd
an instant, Horton says.
near the south end pier and Tybee's
But Tybee is pretty calm, says north end. But get-off-my-wave terChelsea Merchan, an administrator ritorialism doesn't happen, according
of Tybee Surf School, which teaches to John Bloess.
students on North Beach.
"Not the case at all here. ... I
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think it's the small town. You see all
the same people," says local surfer
Muenckler.
Locals share the waves and, heck,
sometimes meals afterward.
Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman,
who has surfed in California and Hawaii, sensed a more competitive vibe
elsewhere. Relaxed Tybee has a fairly
large group of adults with younger
children.
"I would say it's particularly good
because there's a family element to
it," he says.
But while squabbles with other
surfers aren't among them, there are
other obstacles in the water.
Tybee's James Bodenrader, 13,
remembers fearing to commit into
steep waves. But he "dropped into"
waves gradually and loves the sport.
When big waves scared a 5-yearold Jackson Bloess, his father encouraged him, asking, "What would
[famed surfer] Kelly Slater do?"
Surfers worry about jellyfish and
sharks, but not much. Anna Bloess
has seen only small sharks locally.
Florida is known to have more, and
the Bloess family recalls a South Car(Continued on page 36)
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