Can 'Anyone' Really Learn to Surf?
Dream a little dream for us: In this weekend's New York Times travel section, rock'n'roll saves an industrial casualty, the Rat Pack lives and anyone can surf. Hey, it's nice to escape every once in a while, but why not stick to places that exist beyond the pages of the Gray Lady?
We're not saying the writers involved didn't do their due diligence in finding a silver lining to every cloud. Detroit's music scene as chronicled by Micheline Maynard presents as one very much alive, albeit through the IV of bored teenagers and repeated shocks administered by the Pussycat Dolls.
Atlantic City may yet rise above the ashes to become a rival to Vegas, although the existence of Amtrak's service alone doesn't have much to do with it, nor is Steven Kurutz's review of same particularly inspired. ("I sat behind two mustached men"; good for you!)
But even more tempting than the dream of getting money back as airfare prices drop is the assertion by a Barbardian surfing-school founder that he can teach anyone to surf. Anyone! "Surf's Up in Barbados!" reports that the pros are discovering the island nation as a premier and underexploited patch of beach, but you don't have to be Kelly Slater to catch a wave there. And if "fat Wall Streeters who can barely walk but... [have] $400 million in the bank" can do it, maybe there's hope for us too. Please, don't wake us up yet.
· Surf's Up in Barbados [NY Times Travel]
· Drinking in Utah: It Can Be Done [Jaunted]
· Honky Tonk Surf Towns [Jaunted]