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By Jake Howard

According to an old adage, the best surfer is the one having the most fun. That’s usually true—unless you’re in the business of winning world titles; then things get kind of serious.

But it was certainly true last Saturday afternoon at the Trestle. The crowd was relatively light, the wind gently blowing offshore, and a few father-son pairings bobbed up and down in the lineup at Uppers.

Sailah Nicol. Photo: Courtesy of the Nicol Family

On the inside, former world tour surfer Yadin Nicol and his daughter, Sailah, were scoring while big brother, Kingsley, patiently picked off corners nearby. When the perfect three-footer would swing their way, Yadin was helping Sailah get into waves, giving her a little push at just the right time.

Once the pint-sized shredder, wrapped in pink and black neoprene from head to toe, was on her feet, she was ripping. There really is nothing like the stoke of a kid just figuring out this surfing thing. It’s the absolute best.

When it comes to groms, time flies. You kids grow up fast. And enjoying those magic little moments sometimes means slowing yourself down enough to enjoy a Saturday afternoon at the beach with the family. Trading waves, laughing and having a ball, Sailah, Kingsley and Yadin have this wired, and it’s a wonderful thing.

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