620 Surf and the Sea
Mitchell talks what life on the waves.
Joel: So, Mitchell, you talked about surfing. You surf of course. Do you have any good surf stories?
Mitchell: Well, one day I was surfing and my friend said, "Oh, I see a shark" so I'm just like, "Right, you didn't see no shark" so you know we keep on surfing and next thing you know, we're surfing some more and it was like, "Ah, Mitch. I promise I saw a shark. I saw a shark". I was like, "Man, you're lying. Just shut up" you know cause my friends tend to joke a lot when they're surfing you know, cause we like to enjoy. So we're surfing and the next thing you know, we hear this siren coming, and like 200 yards away, we see this girl like getting out of the water like franticly. It's like, next thing you know, since we go out, we see an ambulance, something happened, like commotion, and everyone's going "Oh, this girl got bitten by a shark."
Joel: She actually got bitten by a shark.
Mitchell: She actually got bitten.
Joel: Oh, my god.
Mitchell: Well, not bad but like bit her toes or something. It's a reef shark. They're not very big but they tend to swim close to shore and in the rocks, cause like, a lot of people, they, we surf by the reef because the waves break nicely but it is also dangerous because you have the chance of hitting you head on the reef and getting scrapes and cuts.
Joel: What other kinds of wildlife do you see in the ocean? I surfed in California and they have like, Pelicans and sometimes dolphins.
Mitchell: Yeah, we see dolphins, we see manta rays, We see a lot of turtles.
Joel: Turtles, like the green sea turtles
Mitchell: Green sea turtles. Like back in the days, it was legal to eat turtles,
Joel: So, the what?
Mitchell: It was legal to eat turtles.
Joel: Oh, legal to eat turtles.
Mitchell: So people made like turtle soup, cause the meats like real tender, juicy, white, but they kind of got like extinct so they made a law saying that you can't eat turtles so now, right now, you can see a lot of turtles when you're surfing or in general in you're in Waikiki beach, some of those famous beach, you can see a lot of turtles.
Joel: By the way, what kind of board do you surf on, a long board or.
Mitchell: A long board or short board, or tankers, like it matters how the wave is, where in, what part of the beach I'm at. I usually surf, like 7-foot boards. Short boards or long boards.
Joel: So you check the weather forecast before you go?
Mitchell: yeah, call the surf hotline, the surf hotline saying, where's good, how strong the trade winds are, how deep the buoys are.
Joel: I see. Oh, you make me want to go surfing. Let's stop.
My friend said he saw a shark, so I told him to just shut up because I thought he was lying.
If you tell someone to 'shut up,' you are telling them in an impolite way to be quite. Notice the following:
- She loves talking and almost never shuts up.
- Will you just shut up for a second so I can tell you the story?
the next thing you know
We continued surfing and the next thing you know, we heard a siren coming.
We can use this phrase when a situation changes very quickly and we don't have proper time to react. Notice the following:
- We were just hanging out on the beach in the sun, and the next thing you know it started raining.
- He had a great job and an expensive apartment, and the next thing he knew he was homeless and unemployed.
We saw this commotion and we thought the girl must have been bitten by a shark.
A 'commotion' is a noisy disturbance or unnecessarily loud actions. Notice the following:
- The teacher kicked the boy out of class for causing a commotion.
- He made a real commotion when he got home from the bars last night.
scrapes and cuts
It's dangerous to surf by the reef, because you might hit your head or get scrapes and cuts.
You get a 'scrape' when a part of your body rubs against something with enough force to remove the top layer of your skin. A 'cut' comes when something sharp makes an incision into your skin and makes you bleed. Notice the following:
- Most children get covered in scrapes and cuts from playing outside in the summer.
- He was okay after his bike accident, but he did have a few scrapes and cuts.
Back in those days, it was legal to eat turtles.
When something is 'legal,' it is permitted by law. Notice the following:
- It isn't legal to talk on your cell phone while you drive here.
- Is it legal to smoke in restaurants here?
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