A Set Will Come

Posted by: on Aug 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

surf nicaraguaI started this project as half of what I thought was a hot, happy, surfing couple. You know, chasing waves and dreams together—unstoppable, unshakable. Well, as if to illustrate my theory that surfing represents in miniature, life as a whole, this project changed before it even began.

It’s funny how things work out.

When Brad and I got together three years ago, I had never met a surfer. I didn’t know what I was in for. For two years, surfing was the ‘other woman,’ a constant source of jealousy and pain. I spent two years jealous of the ocean (ridiculous, right?). Then, one day in New Smyrna I rented a board and got in the water. From that day forward, surfing ceased to be the other woman and became, instead, my mistress as well. I haven’t been jealous of the ocean since. That was just over a year ago.

I’ll spare you the ‘happy couple montage’ sequence and simply say: I was happy. I was in love with Brad, with surfing and with the woman I was discovering myself to be. Inner conflict ceased and confidence bubbled up to fill the void. He taught me how to read waves and spaghetti models, we traveled, we taught my son to love the ocean. Then he left.

Tides change, right? So now rather than chronicling the joy and the challenge of learning to surf, guided by the man I love, tousled five year old in tow, this blog will tell the story of a single ‘mom-grom’ learning how to hold her own in the line-up, so to speak, chasing swell alone.

I know that even though today I feel like I am caught on the inside, taking it on the head, I know that soon enough I’ll break out the back into the silence and the stillness of possibility.
A set will come. A set will come for me.



  1. cathy brown
    August 26, 2011

    nice writing Katie. You are an awesome, powerful wombman!!

  2. David Kidd
    August 26, 2011

    Beautiful! Just like the woman who wrote it. Can’t wait to see more.

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    August 29, 2011


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    August 29, 2011


  5. Lynn
    August 29, 2011

    Well said. I can relate to your story 100%.

  6. Kim
    August 31, 2011

    Inspiring words Katrina.

  7. matt
    October 11, 2011

    Nice. I was in the same position (minus the surfing and tousled five year old) two years ago.. I’ve found that the nice thing about life knocking you for a loop is what happens afterwords, because it usually turns out to be pretty interesting. Or, if nothing else, a good story to tell down the line 🙂

  8. NSV
    October 23, 2011

    awesome website, keep it up! funny how emotional distress or trauma in your life gets your creative juices flowing and brings out the artist in you stronger than ever – it is a good way to get over the pain… and surely the path you are on will lead you to meet the person you were meant to be with. way to keep the stoke alive on the GC!


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