Goofy or Regular?

May 26, 2009 | By | Comments (2)

Working at Coastal Living certainly has it perks, the most exciting of which (for me anyway) is travel to beautiful seaside locations. I was fortunate enough to be on location in Malibu for the photo shoot that appears on our June cover. Better still, I was able to squeeze in my first ever surf lesson with a friend early one morning before boarding my return flight home. 

At dinner the night before the lesson, my friend instructed me to practice "popping up"* from the floor of my hotel room to determine whether I am a "goofy" or "regular" surfer. Before she had a chance to explain the difference to me, I assured her I'd fall into the former category. 

As it turns out, I was right – but not for the reasons I'd originally thought, at least not entirely anyway. What the goofy/regular determination actually refers to is whether a surfer leads with his left foot (regular) or right foot (goofy) when he pops up from his belly to his feet on the board. The natural predilection for one leading foot or another should reveal itself in just a few practice pop ups on dry land. Check out my goofy first attempt at surfing below!

images courtesy of Lisa Romerein

*If you've seen the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you'll appreciate just how awkward this dry land "practice" is – far more awkward than the real thing, which is surprisingly natural, once you get the hang of it. Check out a clip from the movie here.


  1. St. Maarten Village

    Can’t wait to do that kind of activity.Wow looks exciting.

    May 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm
  2. Katherine

    Learning to surf has been on my to-do list for too long. You go girl, hang ten!
    I think I want your job! 😉

    May 28, 2009 at 6:06 am

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