Into the Blue

Evelyn is a surfer who lives in the sunny state of California. As she is preparing for nationals, she puts all of her heart, mind and soul into focusing on trying to win and get sponsored, but hits a small bump in the road. On top of that, when teaching surf lessons she meets some boys that only complicate things a little more. Life isn't meant to be perfect and she knows she will soon have to make a choice. Be with the boy that has transformed her life forever, or stick with surfing, the thing that has made her who she is.

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5. Practice

I woke up to my alarm ringing in my ear. I hit it and looked at the clock.  It was 7:57 and I promised Tami I would be at her house by 8:30. Yes I loved setting my alarm for random times. Sue me. We wanted to get an hour of practice and a half of hour of conditioning before we taught lessons. I rolled out of bed, literally, and went to the bathroom. As I washed my hands I started thinking about our routine for lessons. I didn't want to forget anything, especially in front of a big group of boys. And I had no idea why my nerves were so high. I had taught movie stars and artists before and had never gotten nervous. They were normal people!! But maybe that's why I was scared. They were like me.

I pulled on an floral bikini, a pink tank with a zebra on it, denim shorts and some white sandals. I ate some scrambled eggs and a banana and went down to my car, grabbing my board on the way. I strapped it to the top and drove to Tami's. I texted her saying I was here, but after 5 minutes she didn't reply. I called, but it went to voice mail. I moaned. I had even reminded her twice last night making sure to set her alarm. I parked the car, but left it running and jogged up to room. I knocked on the door. Of course no answer. I pulled the spare key in the plant in the corner. I walked in singing her favorite artist Little Mix.

"Mama told me not to waste my life." I sang loudly. "She said spread your wings my little butterfly" I sang as I came in her room and smacked her legs "So get up!" I said jumping on her.

"Oh my hell get off." she said.

"Did you set your alarm?" I asked.

"Yeah." she let out from under the covers.

"Liar!" I said yelling in her ear.

"Okay I might have forgotten."

I jumped off and pulled her covers off. I went over to her closet and grabbed a pink and yellow polka dot bikini. I threw it at her face and walked into her kitchen. I threw a banana, some raspberries, apple juice and an orange in a blender.

"Tami!" I yelled over the blender. "Get out of bed."

She came in the kitchen tying the top of her suit.

"I'm up I'm up chill." she said as I handed her the smoothie. I gave her a look. "I just hate waking up." she whined as she slumped her shoulders. I rolled my eyes and went into her bedroom and grabbed a white dress, some sandals, and her board. We walked out to the car and where off to the beach.

"Ugh." I said face palming myself.

"What?" Tami asked.

"I forgot that I wanted you to drive cause you truck could hold 9 boards!"

"Oh no." she said moaning.

"How in the world am I supposed to take 9 boards home?" I asked.

"We can just strap the to the top!" she said.

"Nine boards?! On my small car?" I said. We both started laughing. It would never work.

"Have Mike take them!" she said.

"He can't remember? He is leaving for Hawaii for a couple of days after practice."

"We will think of something. I couldn't have driven anyways. I have to leave early. "She said as we pulled up to the beach. Mike was standing impatiently on the beach.

"UM" he yelled as he tapped his wrist as we pulled our boards off the top of the car.

"Sleeping beauty forgot to set her alarm." I said nudging her.

"My bad." she said putting her hand up as she sipped her smoothie. We started off stretching, then Mike told us what he wanted us to work on.

"Tami I want you to work on 180. Really throw your body to the right." She nodded. "Evelyn work on your aerial. Keep your body tucked in enough but still extend your arms."

Me and Tami started jogging out to the water.

"I hate throwing aerials." I said.

"Why?" Tami asked. "Your really good at them!"

"When I get enough momentum." I groaned. An aerial, or air, is a maneuver where the surfer and board leave the surface at the top of the wave. It was tricky to pull, but that's what helped me win regional's. We started paddling out to the water. We got out far enough and started. After getting up and practicing some easy stuff, I got up and went with the wave. I pulled to the top of the wave and did a sharp turn right and thrust my body off the wave. I got all wobbly and fell. I grunted as my head popped back out of the water. This is how I was every day. A perfectionist. To any one else, that was my first time trying for the day, so why should I even be mad? But to me? That was horrible and I couldn't believe I had let my self fall. Mike said I was way to hard on my self, but from what I have learned, the ones that are the hardest on themselves win.

I started paddling with the wave again and pulled up to the top. I turned sharply and thrust my board off the wave with the momentum of my arms moving me. My board and I lingered in the air for a few seconds. I smiled to myself. Perfect. I dropped in the water and popped back up. I looked to see Tami getting up and going for a few seconds then turning her board to the other side, then bailed.

I swam over to her. "Why did you bail? You had it!"

"My balance was off." she said angrily.

"Its okay. You will get it next time." I said.

"Not every one can get it the second time perfectly Evelyn." she said.

"You know how long I have been working on the trick! It took a lot of time to get to the point where I am!" I said defensively.

She scoffed and swam away. I went farther out and kept working on other tricks. It hurt me that she had been so rude, basically implying that every thing was easy for me. That trick didn't happen over night. I remember hours and hours of face planting and trying to thrust my body the correct way. I heard a loud whistle from Mike, which meant to come in. It hadn't seemed like an hour, but It never did. I started paddling back. I looked up to the beach and saw Tami waiting for me. I stood out of the water pushing my board along with me.

"I'm sorry." she said looking at me.

"Its okay. I am sorry too" I said, instantly giving her a hug. I hated when we got in fights. It didn't help my surfing and I always took things to heart.

"I just am having a hard time pulling that 180 and I guess I took it out on you."

"Your gonna get it." I said. "You didn't get second at the qualifier for nothing".

She smiled. "This is why we are best friends" she replied as we walked to Mike.

I had never really thought of Tami being my best friend, but she was the only one I trusted besides Mike and few tenants in my duplex, and the only girl I really hung out with, so I guess it was safe to say that we were best friends.

"The group will be here in 20, so lets do an ab work out." Mike said. Me and Tami did planks, crunches and some side planks. We don't know why Mike loved planks so much.

"Hold it!" Mike yelled. "Don't you dare drop Evelyn! Keep you body straight!"

My body was shaking violently and I could feel the beads of sweat trickle my neck. Surfing already took a ton of energy; adding an ab work out made it even harder. And don't even get me started on how excited I was to teach lessons. Not.

"Done!" he yelled. Me and Tami dropped to the sand. I felt the grains stick to my body.  We gave each other a high five and stretched our core. Mike started talking about what we would do for the rest of the week for practices, and told us he would text us if something changed. Mostly it was just working on our main routines for nationals, but there was always conditioning and plyometrics .He looked at his watch.

"They should be here by now." he said. I whipped my face from the sweat but looked up and saw 7 boys walking towards us. 7 very attractive boys.

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