Nikoline: life's better when you're bodyboarding

Nikol is 60 years old, and a problem in her back may put her in a wheelchair in the future. However, she has found bodyboarding.

Nikoline met Salomon Moore, a temporary bodyboarding instructor, in Fuerteventura. Her passion for the water and ocean did the rest.

"I received a phone call from Pablo Prieto; he needed a substitute while he was traveling. The idea of teaching bodyboard classes wasn't my thing, but as soon as he told me the story behind it I was in," revealed Moore.

"A woman had been diagnosed with a back problem that could soon leave her in a wheelchair. I was touched by the story and thought I would make her happy, and I accepted."

Moore was surprised with Nikoline's enthusiasm, and soon realized she was learning fast. The 60-year-old bodyboarder quickly started gliding the rollers of Canary Islands' breaks. Age is nothing but a number.

"I went to Fuerteventura to get some waves until the last minute. I have something with the water. I like water. When I started bodyboarding I could feel amazing," says the young at heart grandmother.

"You're going with the energy. You catch a wave an it points you to the beach. It's amazing. It's good for the soul, and you can feel its energy, It's great."

The Chilean big wave surf break of Punta de Lobos and the idyllic Australian point break of Noosa have been officially declared the 9th and 10th World Surfing Reserves, respectively.

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