My Good Vibes Snapshot: Meg Roh
When Meg Roh from Dana Point in California, first paddled out on a board at age 5, she fell in love with surfing. In June 2011, she set herself a goal to hit the waves every day as training for an upcoming surf comp. Ten days straight of daily surfs, soon stretched into the whole of summer and then she just kept going….and going…and going. Meg now aged 16, recently clocked up 1500 days in a row of surfing…
“I started surfing every day at the beginning of summer in 2011. My goal was to get out in the waves every day in preparation for a contest I was going in a week a later. I wanted to surf consistently until the comp because I wanted to practise and do well. After that week I just decided to keep on going, so I set myself a goal to surf every day until the end of summer. After summer was over I’d gotten to about 90 days in a row, so I decided that I may as well go to 100. After 100, I just kept going. This July just gone, I passed my latest goal of surfing 1500 days straight.
Surfing is my absolute passion. I love being in the water. For me, every day in the ocean is a good day. It’s so nice to be able to do what I love every day. I find it’s a really calming and peaceful thing for me. It’s something that truly makes me happy.
It’s very rare that I don’t feel like I want to go for a surf – there have been a couple of days where I’ve been super sick or its raining outside. The thing that gets me going is that I know once I get out in the water it’s such a good feeling. Sometimes I’ve just got to push myself that little bit extra, but it’s always so worth it. I set myself a target to catch at least five waves, but usually I end up trying to catch a lot more. I go before or after school depending what I’ve got on.
I haven’t actually missed a day in all this time, but there have been a couple of close calls. There was a crazy time when I was in Mexico two years ago. I woke up that morning and was going to surf before my flight. There had been a really huge thunderstorm though and the water was filthy… it was near a river mouth and there was dirt and junk everywhere, the water was completely brown. So, I decided I would wait until I got home, because the sun doesn’t set until 8pm and I knew I’d be back just in time. But then, my flight got delayed and so did the friends who were meant to pick me up. So, at 9pm I had a shuttle take me directly to the beach from the airport. It was so dark. I made my step dad paddle out with me. I was a little scared… but I did it and that felt good.
It feels amazing to have achieved my goal of surfing 1500 days straight. It’s so good to be accomplishing my dreams like that and getting out and doing something that I love every day.
Most people who know about my mission are super supportive. I have lots of people around me who support me with my goals. Many of them are people down at the beach, I know them because they see me down there every day. Some people think I’m crazy doing what I’m doing, but that’s OK too. I guess I just laugh with them, because I suppose that I am kind of crazy.
I’m not sure if I’ll keep going. I might stop this winter because I’m keen to get up to the mountains and have a go at skiing for a bit. I’ll just have to see where it takes me. It would be hard to eventually break my daily surf routine, but at the same time I know there’s so much more out there I’d love to do. There is travelling and other great stuff I’d like to experience, so it would be totally worth it. I’d love to come to Australia…I know there are some great waves down there”
Thanks for chatting with us Meg. We really admire your determination to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. The excitement in your voice when you talk about your love of surfing is infectious- it makes us want to grab a board and paddle out right now 🙂 . We hope there are lots of great waves and other adventures awaiting you on the horizon. Keep spreading the good vibes – teenconfidential
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