Nairobi, Kenya — It’s not often that the kids are allowed to surf in the surfing lessons section.
But a little girl from Nepal has taken her surfing lesson to another level, with her family getting her to do just that.
Mukesh, 10, has been surfing for as long as she can remember.
She says the waves are beautiful and the waves themselves are the reason she loves the sport.
When she’s not surfing, Mukesh is at home with her mother.
“I love to play with my friends, so I like to surf,” she said.
“We do not like to take off our sandals because of the sandal-related accidents.”
Mukash is just the latest child to make waves in the lessons section, where children from the United States, China and India are getting lessons.
While there are many reasons why these children are getting started, there are also some lessons that have the added benefit of teaching kids about surfing.
“If you are a beginner, you may have a few basic skills but they are not enough to surf with confidence,” said Akshay Mishra, head instructor at Jet Surf Academy in Nairobik.
“And it is very important that you learn to surf from a new angle.”
In India, many kids learn the sport through surf lessons in private schools.
“A few years ago, I got a call from a boy from a private school and asked if he would like to learn to do some surfing lessons.
I was surprised and said yes,” Mishra said.
Mishra says it’s important for parents to show their children the right way to surf, and he encourages parents to take their kids to surf lessons when they are young.
“In a way, they learn the skill and they get a real feel for it,” Mishrasaid.
“They are surfing with confidence and it will not be a problem if you take them to surf school, too.”
When the lessons end, Mukash is eager to learn more about surfing and learn how to improve her skills.
“The most important thing is to have fun and get to know your body and your technique,” she added.
“It is important to learn from other people, so you are learning from other waves, too, which is something you can get out of your own experience.”
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