Catching Waves in LA

Have you heard of a bucket list? It’s all the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.”

So far my bucket list is:

  1. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon Ride
  2. Publish a Book
  3. Have a Biography
  4. Learn to Surf
  5. See Cirque de Soleil
  6. Go to the Cannes Film Festival

As you can see, this list is pretty short, but over time I’m sure it will grow. Well, I decided that it was time to cross an item off my list, and while I’m in California I must do as the Californians do!

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Learn to surf!

Luke was coming to visit for the weekend so I decided to secretly schedule a surf lesson to surprise him.

On Saturday morning at 10am, we met up with our surf instructor at Santa Monica Beach. We squeezed into our wetsuits, put on some sunscreen, and headed out to the waves. I wish we had brought along a friend to take pictures of us. Because the only evidence we have that we actually caught a wave, are these pictures of us in the parking lot in wetsuits.

Luke Surfing Surfind

I was nervous when we were on the beach learning how to read the ocean, paddle out, and stand up. But once we were out in the water, it was so much fun! Our instructor Jonathan was amazing and so helpful. We caught some waves, but also fell off quite a few times.

The craziest thing about the whole surfing experience was how surreal if felt after we were done. Almost like it was a dream. Sitting on the beach, looking at the little dots that are surfers out in the waves, it was hard to imagine that we had been out that far in the water. I definitely want to get back out there in the future.

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*Wondering what surf school we used?

It’s called Zuma Surf and Swim Training. I would highly recommend them if you want to take a surfing lesson. They are great about setting up the lesson, the instructors are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful, and it makes for a great bucket list experience. The $180 price tag for 2 beginners seemed high when I first signed up, but once you’re in the water and see how much work the instructor puts into helping you, it’s worth every penny.

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Free Pinkberry Wednesday

Hi Friends! Welcome to my first blog post. Still figuring out all the bells and whistles of blogging over here. But I couldn’t wait to tell you all about this awesome deal tomorrow.

Every Wednesday in April, Pinkberry has free Greek yogurt from 11 am – 2 pm! Yum!

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I went to Pinkberry last Wednesday during my lunch break with two friends from work. It was a beautiful day, and it felt great to get outside for a little bit.

We went to the Pinkberry on Montana Ave in Santa Monica and there wasn’t a single person in line! I heard that the Pinkberry on The Promenade had a line out the door. This location must be a hidden gem.

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(Madd Dogg and Grumpy Cat enjoying some yogurt)

The highlight of the free yogurt is definitely the Toppings. The Greek yogurt is similar to what you find in the store, but the unlimited free toppings made it a delicious treat. It was a perfect lunch substitute because it was more like an afternoon snack, and less of dessert item. I had mango, strawberry, kiwi, granola, and of course nutella!

We were all so smitten with our free Pinkberry adventure that we are going again tomorrow! Maybe I’ll see you there.

(P.S. A little birdy told me that David Beckham and his kids are often spotted at this Pinkberry) I did not realize that this little spot around the corner was a potential magnet for celeb spotting! I will be keeping my eyes wide open tomorrow.

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