The Legend of The Soul Surfer
It was a bright, sunny day when the surfer went out for his routine surf. He had one of those shortboard surfboards under his arm and he was wearing nothing but a wetsuit with the top portion cut off to show off his tan. The waves were especially good that day, so once he got out far enough, he laid down on his board and paddled with the waves until he caught one that took him out a good distance from land. He then got up on his knees, balanced himself perfectly, and started to surf.
One of the locals who lived by the beach where they watched people go surfing every day was walking down to have an early lunch at a café when he saw this soul surfer out there in the water. That soul surfer had been coming around for a while now, looping between a few different spots around town, but this man has never seen him before. The soul surfer seemed to be going against all odds as he leaned forward and the wave picked up his board, carrying out into deeper waters. A few moments later, the soul surfer was out of sight. The man shrugged it off and went on his way to enjoy some lunch back at his restaurant.
Later that day, just after dark, the soul surfer showed up at the beach where he had last been seen surfing. He walked right into the water for a few seconds before dropping down onto his board and paddling out towards where he came from earlier. There were quite a few people there that night since it was nice to see so many stars in the sky because it wasn’t too bright anywhere else around town. They all started cheering for him as soon as they saw him drop down onto the board, but once they noticed how far away he was going, everyone started to get a little more nervous. Everyone was hoping that he would catch a wave home and be back on land where he belonged, but several minutes had already passed and they were starting to lose hope.
Some of the locals started off into the water after him at first, hoping to reel him in somehow if they caught up with him soon enough, but when they looked out at where he was going there weren’t any kind of decent sized waves for them to jump onto and follow his soul surfer board. Before long, people had turned their attention back towards safety and had started heading back towards shore. With only a single soul surfer out there, no one wanted to take any chances. After all, his soul surfer board wasn’t exactly made for comfort, so it would be easy to fall off and get swept away at any given time.
For a few days after that soul surfer went missing, everyone had been on edge. They kept their own boards close just in case they happened to see the soul surfer out by himself again and could provide some kind of assistance. Even though they considered him a friendly soul surfer, no one wanted to take a chance with someone’s life like this. Every morning when the surfers went down towards the beach where he was last seen surfing they looked out towards those waves as if they were expecting him to magically show up again and catch another wave back towards shore. Months turned into years as people watched that soul surfer go out into the water and start surfing, but he never made it back to shore.
Even some of the surfers who were on their way to work some mornings started to wonder if what they were seeing was real or not. After all, it wasn’t very often that someone would see a soul surfer out there surfing. Sure, they had heard of soul surfers from time to time when they were young and thought that those soul surfers really existed, but after so many years went by without seeing one themselves they started to wonder if soul surfers weren’t just something that happened back in the old days. The soul surfer would continue his routine every day for no other reason than because he could.
Some people tried to forget about him altogether over the years or at least pretend like this was never even happening in their presence, but some found themselves trying to figure out what was going on with the soul surfer. If this was someone who has passed away and was now a soul surfer, why wasn’t he surfing anywhere else in the entire world? Where did this soul surfer come from and what was his soul surfers name? Where do soul surfers go when they aren’t soul surfing and how long do soul surfers live for? There were so many questions that needed to be answered.
One of the local businesses had created a sculpture in the shape of a soul surfer standing on top of his board, which they put up near where he usually went out into deeper water once everyone realized that this soul surfer wasn’t going to stop anytime soon. They put it there with the hope that it might make him remember who he is once he sees it, but soul surfers aren’t really known for their memories, so they hoped that this soul surfer would still be able to recognize his soul surfer sculpture.
This soul surfer has been soul surfing ever since, but he can’t seem to get any soul surfing done because there’s never anything fun or exciting out where he soul surfs. He seems to go out into the water just for the soul of it if nothing else and doesn’t appear to have any other desires than that of soul surfing. People who want him off their beaches are running into a bit of an obstacle though since no one knows what would happen if they were actually successful in catching onto his board and bringing him back towards shore. Some people worry about soul surfer safety and think that soul surfers don’t belong in soul surfing, but a soul surfer can do soul surfing if they want to. At least this soul surfer is soul surfing all over the soul coast.
It’s been years since anyone has seen him out there soul surfing, but no one knows when he might be making his next trip into the soul surf. No one will say for sure what this soul surfer might have been doing or where he came from, but it has become clear lately that this soul surfer isn’t going away anytime soon. There are rumors about a local soul surfers journal that he may have kept in his early days of being a soul surfer which could give some insight into what soul surfers are all about, but soul surfers don’t really keep journals that often. Maybe one day someone will soul surfing find it and get some real soul surfing insight into the soul surfer soul surfing soul surfer.
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