Davis finally got to take his boogie board to the beach on Saturday. Just moments prior to actually taking it to the beach, Davis practiced riding imaginary waves on the couch. He had me sitting on the couch, holding the boogie at just the right angle while he positioned himself strategically on the arm of the couch. While I waited holding the boogie, he said ready, set, go! at which point he jumped from the arm onto the boogie board and surfed these faux waves. By the time we were ready to head to the beach, he had mastered the art of surfing – in his mind anyway.
When we arrived at the beach, Davis immediately ran to the ocean, threw his “surfboard” in and attempted to stand on it, just like he practiced. However, the ocean wasn’t as skilled as Mommy at holding the board steady. He fell off. After several attempts, he finally decided to just throw the board out into the waves and stand at the edge waiting for it to float to him. He did this for quite some time. Eventually, he learned that surfing in the actual ocean takes a bit more skill than he has at the moment. Finally Tracy and I convinced Davis to lay belly down on the boogie board and let us pull him through the 2 inch deep water. He laid down and held on for dear life as I ran up the beach pulling him along behind. He loved it – the speed, the water splashing, the excitement of actually riding a boogie board (even though he wasn’t standing up like he had imagined he would be).