This week's student of the week is Edith Taichman!
Edith has been one of our favorite students for a while now. Always so nice, funny, and genuinely stoked to be surfing. She's also come a long way in terms of skill. We're proud to now see her moving up to the intermediate ranks and traveling the world to places like Nicaragua, Barbados, and France for surfing. Way to go E!
Here is what Edith has to say about learning to surf with Locals:
"I started surfing with Mike and Mike about 2 years ago. I think I was patient zero, one of their first, if not first, students, and they've since become friends. They are absolutely the best instructors on the beach, and I'm so psyched for all the success they've had, but of course the flip side of that is feeling like the secret's out. Anyway, they deserve it all. They're this amazing yin yang combo together, they're amazing instructors, they're so attentive, their whole team is amazing, they're freakishly nice and so much fun, and they're easy on the eyes. So yeah, they're basically unicorns."
Edith's Bio: Edith lives in the West Village and grew up in South Brooklyn, not too far from Rockaway, yet somehow she never visited as a child. She has since gotten to know Rockaway over the past two years after taking up surfing. Edith works in Manhattan in Communications and Public Relations for an architect who builds stores for high fashion brands such as Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
Q&A With Edith:
Locals: Why did you decide to start surfing?
Edith: I think I just woke up one day and decided I really wanted to try it. I'm not sporty of athletic at all, but somehow I knew I would love it and be hooked.
Locals: What do you love about surfing
Edith: Everything. I love the water and I've always loved the beach, so there's that. Also, I'm not very zen and can be a little uptight at times. I feel like surfing has helped mellow me out a bit. I love the intense focus it takes and the patience that is required but also the very calm feeling you get from being out in the water and watching the waves, waiting for the right one.
Locals: What has been your favorite thing about learning how to surf?
Edith: The feeling of getting up on a wave or learning something new or getting something right you haven't done before is so incredible. And every time you do it, you want to do it again, and better. I love the incredible feeling you get after a surf session, and how surfing kind of transforms your body in slight ways almost without realizing it. It's also influenced me to get in better shape and incorporate fitness as an important part of my lifestyle so that I can be a more skilled, efficient, and stronger surfer.
Locals: What's a challenge you've overcome while learning to surf?
Edith: Mike used to call me directionally challenged because I could never quite keep straight which direction the wind or swell was coming from and which was the wave was breaking. I finally have it figured out, but mostly because I didn't want him to think I was having a perpetual dumb blonde (or kook) moment.
Next time you see Edith down at the beach stop by to say hello!