Úvaha o surfování

MELBOURNE – Letní prázdniny pro mne, jako pro většinu Australanů, vždy znamenaly chodit na pláž. Když jsem vyrůstal, plaval jsem a hrál si ve vlnách a dospěl jsem až k bodyboardu, ale nějak jsem zaváhal a nenaučil se stát na surfu.

Tohle opomenutí jsem konečně napravil, až když mi bylo přes padesát – příliš starý, abych v surfování vynikl, ale pořád dost mladý na to, abych si s ním užil deset let zábavy a těšil se z pocitu, že jsem to zvládl. Letošní jižní léto znovu prožívám v Austrálii a opět ve vlnách.

Na pláži, kde jsem dnes surfoval, jsem slyšel o obřadu, který tu během letošní sezóny proběhl – poslední rozloučení s místním surfařem, který zesnul v požehnaném věku. Jeho surfařští přátelé vypluli na moře a utvořili kruh, usadili se na prkna a vysypali do moře jeho popel. Další přátelé a rodinní příslušníci stáli na pláži a na útesu a přihlíželi. Dozvěděl jsem se, že býval jedním z nejlepších surfařů v okolí, ovšem v době, kdy v tom ještě nebyly velké peníze.

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