Catch a wave at a nearby beach.
The tidal pull of the Pacific Ocean is so powerful that it can drag a
student out of bed hours before the start of classes.
During his Pomona years, Miko Lim ’02 got so hooked on surfing that he
would make the 45-minute pre-dawn trek to Newport Beach several times a
week, spend a couple hours catching waves and make it back in time for
his 9:20 a.m. class.
Lim tried surfing for the first time as a freshman, and it didn’t go
smoothly. “It was extremely awkward,” says Lim, who today is a fashion
photographer in San Francisco. “You feel like you have two left feet.”
But Lim kept at it, drawn to an experience that leaves you completely
engrossed in the moment. As Lim explains it, your analytical mind
switches off and all your senses turn on. You smell and taste the salty
sea air. You feel the deep cold of the ocean. “You can’t be thinking of
anything else,” he says.
Lim spent one summer during college teaching surfing in France. So he
has some advice for beginners: Learn from an experienced surfer, who
should be in the water next to you—not riding his board—while he’s
“Just be extraordinarily patient,” he says. “Understand you’re going to
be drinking nasty, polluted water and freezing, and it’s going to seem
like you’re not progressing at all.”
Of course, for those who prefer their ocean without risk of life and
limb, the beach also offers other attractions, from cookouts to just
soaking up some rays.
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