I recently returned from a 6-day surf trip I took to Costa Rica with my 13-year old daughter, Brenna. I heart Tamarindo and just knew it would be the best place for my teen's first surfari. While we didn't travel the country at all, we surfed every day in near 80-degree water. We met some wonderful people and even made a few friends along the way.
What's more is that, by day four, Brenna was paddling into and riding her own waves! No more pushes needed from me or her instructor. She took the bull by the horns and handled it. I would love to share video of her tremendous feat, but the battery door of the crapola Fuji waterproof camera I bought for the trip opened in the pocket of my boardshorts, trashing the camera. :( Oh, well. Her accomplishment - and our entire first surf trip together - will forever remain burned in my memory.
As a side note, I received numerous compliments from others at the camp - including instructors - on my paddling strength. Considering I haven't surfed in months, I'd have to say my training in the gym is reaping dividends throughout my life and not just when I'm lifting things up and putting them down.
So, if you're passionate about any sport or physical activity, don't be afraid that lifting heavy will slow you down. You may be surprised at just how much better you perform!