Don: Look at the swells1 ! It’s really pumping2 today.
Don: Sorry, dude3 . Let me translate. The surf 4 is up; the waves are really good. Are you stoked5 for
your first lesson?
Don: L ook at that bodyboarder6 … he’s dropping in on that surfer. Not cool! Remember rule number one in surfing: Never drop in on another surfer!
Eric: Never cut someone off. Got it.
Don: Now, let’s get your gear7 . Longboards8 are more stable and easier to stand up on. Then you need a wetsuit9 and a leash10 so that you don’t lose your board when you wipe out11.
Eric: OK… can I borrow some money?
Don: Sure. But don’t be a sponge.
Eric: Easier said than done... (laughs)
Don: Ca tching a wave and standing up require flexibility, speed and balance. But with practice, you will hang ten12 .
Eric: L i k e the clothing store?
Don: Haha. No, that means to hang all ten toes off the front of the surfboard.
Eric: Is that even possible?
Don: When you have pumping waves and ripping13 skills, anything is possible.
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