Heading Towards Home


Today I attended a memorial service for an old departed friend. It was being held at a beachside town where I used to spend a lot of time but I must say that my feet had not touched the water there in countless years.

When I go into detail about my youth, I always start with Hawaii. It was my one and only home for years. We did move to Virginia for a few years when I was very young but long before I even thought of surfing we had packed up and moved back. Then we moved to Florida and my life changed.

I guess I began to lead a double life.

I remember one great swell and I was skateboarding by my house. A few of the skaters looked sad.

The waves are great today someone spoke…and we are missing it.

The waves are great I said. It was a really good day today. The other skaters wondered what I meant.

Did you go surfing today?

Of course!

So this was my life. Split between friends who lived miles apart. A lot of driving!

Welcome Home!

In the past few months I have heard this mentioned several times and yet, each time it was from someone cities…even continents apart.


My home is in Brazil. Where I can wait for my wife to finish work and play with my dog.


My home is in Florida with my family and my house.


My home is in Hawaii.

So I might not be able to pick a favorite but to answer the person today…

Yes…it is nice to be home.


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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5 Responses to Heading Towards Home

  1. Jessica says:

    I know that feeling. It’s nice to feel at home in more than one home… That happens when you travel and live in more than once place. I keep meaning to write a post about it. Thanks for the reminder. I’m so sorry about your friend. Keep your chin up!

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      I am actually a-OK. She passed away after having a few wonderful days and there was an event for her after her funeral and I saw so many people that I have not seen in over 15 years at least.

      And your right, traveling changes a person and it also gives them some perspective on the world. When you travel, it is like you leave a tiny piece of yourself everywhere.

  2. I’m home is Glasgow with my little brother
    I’m home in Cheshire with my parents
    And I even have a couch at my big brothers in London
    Sorry about your friend 🌸

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      On occasion, I met someone who has never left the country and worse, only been to a few other states.

      I think travel is important to becoming a well rounded citizen. By traveling, I mean being in a foreign city and being amongst the people. Not on a boat shoveling gallons of food into your stomach.

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