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Billabong Girl’s Surf Camps By Mike Murphy In June the Padre Island Surf Camp (PISC) held the first of three girls only surf camps scheduled this summer. The PISC provides personal attention with a knowledgeable staff that helps campers have an enjoyable learning experience. Padre Island Surf Camps…..keepin’ the stoke Josh Harper and Rob Pruett co-founded the PISC three years ago. Josh lives in California and manages the Billabong Camps programs internationally. Rob Pruett manages the surf camps here in Corpus Christi. All PISC surf camps are held on the beach adjacent to the seawall at the city parking lot off of Windward Drive. Scott Gasiorowski, a long-time local resident and high school teacher, is currently the program director of operations on the beach. Other PISC instructors for the girl’s surf camp included Chris Stolley with past surf camp experience; Josh Perez, Justin Brown, Levi Fannin and Mi-
ing Jacey as she successfully learned to paddle herself into the surf, catch a wave and stand up while riding the wave to the shore. Jacey enjoyed her first day of surfing and would like to try it again or maybe try windsurfing.
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Dana Shia and daughter Anna, age 8, both shared the surfing experience at the girl’s camp. The Shia’s live on the Island and Anna’s dad also surfs. Anna met a new friend Brynn, age 7, who is visiting from McAllen. They had a great time riding waves standing up with their instructor helping them catch the waves with a push. Girl’s Surf Camp….just two more this summer There are only two PISC Girl’s Surf Camps remaining this year and with limited space available you may need to reserve your spot early. These camps are scheduled for July 16 and August 20. This lady’s only event is available to all ages. Surfboards, lunches and Billabong goodie bags are provided to all campers. Transportation is also available with pick up and drop off at Benjamin’s Surf Shop at Airline and McArdle or Wind and Wave
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Rob Pruett talks to the surf campers before they hit the surf again chael “Zot” who all started with PISC this summer. Billabong Women’s Surf Camp …..open to all ages
Surf Shop in Flour Bluff. Other Surf Camps…..plenty of options The PISC also has one and five day, individual and group surf camp options available through August. For schedules and other information visit the Padre Island Surf Camp web site at http://www.padreislandsurfcamp. com/
Ladies of all ages enjoyed the first Girl’s Surf Camp of the summer
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The recent Girl’s Surf Camp included 15 campers of various ages. The 9:00 am-1:00 pm schedule starts with the PISC core activities: stretching and warm up exercises, safety and ocean awareness, surfing etiquette, dry land instruction, equipment orientation, importance of and ways to avoid sun exposure. After the basics are covered, campers spend a couple of hours in the water before a lunch break then return to surf with the instructors. The day ends with beach clean-up and a raffle drawing for sponsor goodies. Jacey McClary, age 11, has lived in Portland for a couple of years. Her parents, Stacey and Josh enjoyed watch-
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