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This week’s DST learning spotlights a local surf camp

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Do your kids dream of surfing big waves?

A local professional surfer wants to help them get there.

“I have a surf camp that I offer every summer,” said surf instructor Heather Gerace. “I have four different camps, where I break down the surf.”

The three-day summer course teaches you how to start on land, work your way step by step through the water, and finally tackle the waves on your own.

Children first learn the pop-up on the paddle board, then comes the hip exercise.

“I had you running through the hoops to kind of get that hip action,” Gerace said. “Then I had you do the hoola-hoop to really get the coordination out of that.”

Finally, tug of war helps build upper body strength when pushing through the water.

“Then you come to my surf sets,” Gerace said. “And you’ll jump on the board, I’ve got you in this superman or superwoman pose, having those hands cupped like scoops of ice cream, that’s what I call them. And you paddle, paddle, paddle. and then you just pop up and stay low.

All to help others learn and see the joy on the faces of those who attend.

“What people get out of it,” Gerace said. “Just their joy and freedom to just be limitless.”

Learn to be a pro by hooking ten with Mermaid Heather.

The camp is a three-day camp offered to children from 6 to 17 years old.

For more information on dates and how to register, you can visit the Mermaid Heather website here.

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