She added later, "Don't worry. I have a one hundred percent standing rate."
In this town, the surf guys have an association that is a monopoly. You can't make money off of surfing or renting surf gear without their permission. We call them the "surf mafia." But, because surfing is such a macho sport here, the men teach it, run it, and own it, no one sees a woman surf instructor teaching a guy.
Every time a wave came, she would say, "Push up!" My board and body would brace the wave without being pushed back so hard. She was attentive.
"Of course," I said.
It was fun to go out in a big group.