SINGAPORE - “Let it go!” the instructor screams repeatedly.
I grip the rope handle even tighter, hanging on for dear life.
Trying to wakesurf for the first time is not easy at all. Wake-what?
Wakesurfing is essentially surfing but instead of riding on waves, you ride in the wake of the waves created by a boat.
For me, having the boat tow me along is the easy part. But to surf in its wake, I must let go of the towline.
Each time I try to release my grip, I fall into the water.
I probably end up drinking half the ocean.
And then, it finally happens. After more than 10 tries, I manage to stay on. I let go of the grip and ride the waves.
For a few short seconds, I feel like a real surfer. That is until I fall again, taking in more gulps of seawater.