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  1. Katie
    September 11, 2013

    YEAH! I can read the smile on your face. It’s still there! So happy you got to surf!
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  2. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 11, 2013

    YES!!!! So glad you got back on your board again. That initial trepidation is over now it’s time to ride! Glad to see you smiling!
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  3. Coco
    September 11, 2013

    Yay! What a brilliant idea to sign up for a lesson. Glad you had a good go at it!
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  4. AmyC
    September 11, 2013

    That’s so awesome!!
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  5. Bron
    September 11, 2013

    You made me so happy reading this post – I have a big smile on my face for you! I know how additive surfing is and I think you are wonderful for just getting through this last year and nine months. The photos look great – I bet you were tired after wards but in that wonderful “I just had a surf” way! Welldone, cheers
    Bron x

    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Bron! It’s funny but I did think of you, Valerie and Michelle after I surfed and couldn’t wait to share the news because I knew that you would understand. It was incredibly fun and I was exhausted afterwards! I forgot how tired I can get after surfing.
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  6. Miz
    September 11, 2013

    this makes me GRIN.
    Plain and simple.

    xoxo

  7. Jennifer F
    September 11, 2013

    From the pics, it looked like you hadn’t missed a day! Congrats getting back to the sport you love :-)
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Jennifer!
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  8. lindsay
    September 11, 2013

    i’m with miz.. smiled the whole post. ;-)
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  9. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    September 11, 2013

    So happy for you! It’s so funny to see these pictures of the North Shore in summer time. When we were there in January, the surf was crazy! Can’t wait to hear more about your return to surfing on your month sabbatical!
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  10. Maureen
    September 11, 2013

    So happy for you to be back on that board! :)
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  11. Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
    September 11, 2013

    Woohoo! Kick butt girl. So awesome. That had to have felt good in your heart and soul.
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  12. Ilene
    September 11, 2013

    I am so happy for you and I LOVE the photos! I can only imagine how good it felt to get out there. I have had to wait for long periods of time to run due to injury and I love how it feels to get back. There’s nothing like it.
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  13. Heather (Where’s the Beach)
    September 11, 2013

    Girl this makes me so happy for you!!! Awesome awesome. I can feel your happiness!
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  14. Karen Main
    September 11, 2013

    I remember returning to pilates and yoga after months of bed rest with a complicated pregnancy and then the resulting caesarian. I was so excited to get back to my fit life and yet not sure I could trust my body. My body held up and the trust began to build. Thrilled your body held up too. Enjoy the surf
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Karen! It felt fantastic to be back out in the water. You said it perfectly – I wasn’t sure I trusted my body but it did hold up and that did help rebuild my trust in my body.
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  15. Amanda @runtothefinish
    September 11, 2013

    OMG you are the coolest ever!!! I want to surf…but I”m also terrified of it. I love watching people do it though because it just blows my mind!
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  16. Colorado Gal
    September 11, 2013

    Those photos are badass! You look like you’re just loving it!
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  17. misszippy
    September 11, 2013

    So, so great! Love that you got back something you enjoy so much. And you look awfully badass in those pics, too!
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  18. Kim
    September 11, 2013

    So glad that you faced a fear to do something that you love!!! And, anything that leaves you with a smile for the rest of the day is a great thing!!!
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  19. Alison
    September 11, 2013

    So glad that you got back on into the water!
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  20. Xiomara @ Parkesdale
    September 11, 2013

    I was smiling the whole time I read your post. So happy for you that you were able to get back out there and do what you love.
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  21. Tamara
    September 11, 2013

    I always imagined that surfing felt like flying, or something spectacular like that. I returned to writing and photography after a long layoff and that certainly felt like flying. Or something spectacular like that.
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  22. kate C.
    September 11, 2013

    I used to do triathlons and it’s been over 5 years since I’ve gotten on a bike due to an injury, and nearly 8 years since I really was able to ride. Someday I hope to be back on my bike, but I already know I’m going to have to deal with that fear you talked about. (except in my case it’s not about oceans and waves but rather cars! I just to be fearless… but that was all before I had three kids…)

    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      It is scary going back to something. I find that as I’ve gotten older, and definitely since I’ve had kids, that the fear creeps in more. But I think that it’s taking it step by step so that we can rebuild that trust in ourselves and in our bodies. I hope that you have a chance to get back on your bike.
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  23. Sonia the Mexigarian
    September 11, 2013

    Congrats on being able to get back on the board. I haven’t surfed since my San Diego days (6+ yrs ago) and fear what would happen if I tried again. Good idea on going out there with an instructor, even just for the peace of mind. I fear a lot of things when returning to something I haven’t done in months like running (injury) or yoga. Heck even swimming. I think it’s more of a trust issue with my body, wondering if it will fall apart again or hold strong.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Sonia! I do think that it’s a trust thing for me too, wondering if my body will cooperate or not.
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  24. Courtney @ Don’t Blink. Just Run.
    September 11, 2013

    Good for you! What an awesome story!

    I wish I had the balance for surfing. LOL
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  25. Devon
    September 11, 2013

    Stoked to see you back out there. Way to conquer your fears!
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  26. Heather @ Relentless Forward Commotion
    September 11, 2013

    I *NEED* to return to surfing after a long (LONG) break! When I was living in South Carolina, before kids, I was out there every. single.day that there’re was a break, March-November. I actually met the father of my children in a line up waiting on waves, haha! But after they were born, it became so much harder to get out there. My poor board now resides in a garage in New Hampshire, poor thing. I’ll make it a priority to paddle out next summer. Great job getting back out there!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thanks Heather! I hope that you have a chance to get out on your board. If not just for the peace of being out on the water – that’s what I missed most when I couldn’t surf.
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  27. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    September 11, 2013

    So excited for you! What a joy to return to something you love so much! I’ve had to take much shorter periods off from running, from injury or surgery, but I still experienced that joyful feeling to return. That and feelin omg how out of shape am I?
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  28. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    September 11, 2013

    I have surfed several times in my life but I always find it so difficult. Actually the first time I did it was the best. I think the waves are really important when you are a beginner and I’ve surfed some waves that are a bit advanced for me! As far as returning to something after taking some time off, that is going to be me in a few weeks when I return to cycling and weights after fracturing my elbow. It will have only been six weeks but that is the longest I’ve ever gone!
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  29. Jody – Fit at 55
    September 11, 2013

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you!

  30. Danielle @ I Eat Therefore I Run
    September 11, 2013

    Way to go you! Yes, surfing is so difficult, that paddling out and then the paddle to catch a wave is the toughest!

    I went back to downhill skiing after about 2 years off. I used to go all the time when I lived close to the Rockies, but moving to Scotland, with barely there winters, hampered my ski efforts. That, and the fact I had left my skies in Canada. We went skied the Italian Alps this past April, and every part of that trip was perfect: the skiing, the weather, the resorts, the B & B, the FOOD, everything. We hope to do it again next year :)
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Can I come with you to ski the Italian Alps next year? :-)
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  31. Kierston @candyfit
    September 11, 2013

    That last paragraph = life. xo
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  32. Leah
    September 11, 2013

    So glad you got on that board! I love to watch surfers. When we went to Oahu a few years back, we woke up really early one day and just watched the surfers for hours. Beautiful sport. I think I’m too chicken to try it, but it looks like it is very rewarding!
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  33. Jess
    September 11, 2013

    Best post!!! You look like a natural on the board! Go YOU!
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      :-) Thank you Jess!
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  34. surfmama101
    September 11, 2013

    Welcome back in the realm of Stoke!

    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Valerie!! I thought of you, Michelle and Bron after that first session and I couldn’t wait to share this with you three!
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  35. Pavement Runner
    September 12, 2013

    So stinkin happy for you…. nice to be back, eh?

  36. jolene
    September 12, 2013

    You look crazy fierce riding those waves!! surfing scares the crap out of me, probably because I can’t swim, mainly, but wow, what a feeling that must have been!!! yay!
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  37. Allie
    September 12, 2013

    Just beautiful! I’m so happy for you. I’ve never tried surfing b/c I have a fear of all those things I can’t see in the water, like sea urchins!! Whenever I have to take an injury break from running, the first run back is always amazing and happy and smile, smile, smile through each and every mile!
    Good for you!!
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  38. Helen West
    September 14, 2013

    Yay! So pleased for you that it went well. Surfing over a reef for the first time is scary business! Well done you. :)

    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you Helen! But ohmygosh it is scary! I took me a while to put the reef out of my mind!
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  39. Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life
    September 14, 2013

    I am soooo happy that you got to surf! Amazing!
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  40. Savvy Working Gal
    September 15, 2013

    I can’t imagine how wonderful it must have been to be surfing again. I’ve had an injury and now foot surgery, so I know how hard it is to not be able to the things you love. The time goes so slow. So happy for you.
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    • Christine Yu
      September 26, 2013

      Thank you so much. It is hard, both not to be able to do something you love and returning to it after injury. I hope that your foot is doing OK post-surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery.
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  41. katharina
    January 28, 2014

    so glad you’re back out there in the waves !
    i’m struggling with similar knee problems, remember my post encouraging you to surf again after knee surgery?
    congratulations – it worked out for you.
    question: what kind of brace did you settle on? i’m still looking for the perfect brace, not too lax, not too bulky to use in the ocean. any recommendations? i use mostly a Mueller or McDavid with lateral metal stabilizers.
    thanks for you help.
    – katharina

    • Christine Yu
      January 28, 2014

      Yes! I do remember your post! Thank you. I ended up with this brace – it’s a McDavid with lateral stabilization but no metal. It worked well and I felt like it gave me good support out in the water.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UVXVMS/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      I hope that your knee is doing OK!
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      • katharina
        January 30, 2014

        oh, thanks a lot. that’s the same i use. it has the metal hinges sewn in on the side.
        see you in long beach this summer maybe ? we’ll recognize each other with the braces……:):)
        good luck with all ! great blog !
        -katharina

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