Surfing in NJ

As most of you know, I’m on the East Coast speaking at a camp at the NJ shore. When we arrived at the camp and were at the front desk checking in, a surf instructor walked by to check who had signed up for free lessons (provided for the kids at the camp). Only two kids had signed up, so he asked my son Alec if he would like to try it. Alec hesitated for a second.

That same morning Alec had been bugging me about wanting to surf. So when the instructor asked him… I looked at him and said, “Don’t hesitate… now’s your chance!”

So 10 minutes later Alec’s on the water taking lessons, and 45 minutes after that he’s catching waves (small waves… but still waves nonetheless) on the Atlantic.

Pretty cool! (Some of you remember me blogging about Lori and I taking lessons last December)

When he came in it was nothing but, “Dad! I’ve gotta get a surf board! I love it! I totally want to live where I could surf all the time…”


About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teenโ€™s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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5 Responses to Surfing in NJ

  1. Adam says:

    You live in California, that’s all people do there is surf ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ha… yes. I wish.

    Unfortunately, I’m in Sacramento, which is 110 degrees today (a good day to be traveling to NJ)… and about 90 minutes from any beach, about 3 hours from a “swim” beach.

  3. will you guys be getting some waves from bertha?

  4. Alina says:

    My two friends are in that picture. Dan and Evan were so excited for the surfing lessons. You were a great speaker. This year at Harvey Cedars was probably my favorite year! Thanks for everything!

  5. Alina… it was fun speaking to you all at camp this year. Thanks for the encouragement.

    That’s cool that your friends were the two guys that took lessons with Alec. Alec had a blast. He said they were nice guys.