Saturdays are for free surfing in Deerfield Beach (includes audio slideshow)

Puerto Rican native Alejandro Gomez Lopez has taken his quest for adventure out of PR and into Deerfield Beach.

He and his friends washed up at Island Water Sports, the local surf shop and treasure trove for avid beachgoers. Upon discovering its weekly free Saturday morning surf lessons, Gomez discovered a newfound love for this water sport that unites daredevils and tourists.

Surfing has become something spiritual for Gomez. He loves the mental and physical sensation.

“After all the time trying to get up on that wave, when I finally got up, I was just laughing,” he says.

To learn how you can attend one of these free surf lessons, visit Island Water Sports’ website.

Jacqueline Pecker is an Honors College student at FIU majoring in Digital Communication and Media. She employs her skills in TV production, video editing, writing, public speaking, and the arts in her current position as a social media coordinator and writing tutor for Palm Beach State College. Pecker aspires to work as a multimedia specialist at a media and entertainment company and is making the most of her college experience by seeking various hands-on, media-related opportunities.