• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A bad day at the beach

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐Personal essay By Declan Hamilton A hot day at the beach is a lovely place to be in the middle of summer. No clouds covering the skies or winds destroying the air so why was this not an enjoyable day? Well if I remember correctly, I was excited and beside myself. My Father, Michael, and my mother Sue thought it would be a good idea to take the kids for an adventure. I was at the age of 11, and was very enthusiastic about the idea. A day at Cowes beach in Narooma, a day of excitement and wave riding was what I considered entertainment. We would then be back in time for the movie ?Over the Hedge? back at the resort. Getting into the ocean proved to be harder than I imagined. Each step brought a cold sensation that slowly crept up my leg until I gained the courage to immerse myself in the water. A refreshing cold sensation covered my body as I climbed up onto my surfboard. ...read more.

Middle

My attempts of getting out into the waves ended up being unsuccessful, the water spitting me back to the shallows as though it hated my presence. After many efforts I decided to surf the white water that came in from the waves like fluffy white foam. I managed to stand up on my board, which brought a floating sensation, an amazing feeling, a feeling of which I was at one with the ocean. I continued to surf the smaller waves, keeping an eye on my family. After catching a small wave I went to reach the bottom of the ocean. Nevertheless to my despair nothing pressed back at my feet. I then felt the urge to reach the shallows, so I continued to swim towards the shore. However my efforts proved useless against the ocean?s strength, which pulled my feeble body into its depths. Fear then took over my body; my arms reached out and brought my surfboard to my side. I then screamed out in a panic, waving my arms frantically. My mother?s face caught my eye. ...read more.

Conclusion

My fear soon turned to anger towards my dad. Why was he taking so long? My surfboard strap kept pulling at my ankle and it was as though it was also an enemy to my weak and suffering body. Finally my dad?s rough hands pulled me down onto my surfboard, and a sense of freedom overcame me as we pushed towards shore. My dad?s arms lifted me into the air and placed me down on the sand. I pushed my feet into the soft dry sand. My body ached but I felt safe and no longer trapped. My mother?s arms flung around me and she embraced me tightly. ?Don?t you ever do that again? she whispered as I closed my eyes and thought of what had just happened. The entire experience was a test of physical and mental strength. At the time I wanted nothing more than to be somewhere else. The feeling off helplessness and having no control over my actions was a daunting experience and seemed to never end. However, once back at home I was able to think through the thoughts and fear and treasure the unique memories I had of the experience. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Composition section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Composition essays

  1. Narrative Essay. I still remember the day when I found out that I was ...

    Everything seems hard for me and my mind because I have never experienced this before. I start to have doubts.

  2. Free essay

    Hamlet essay

    It is important to consider what the Court of Elsinore thought of Hamlet Senior, as it is supposedly their lives that he should have cared for, as his role as King also involved making decisions for dynastic reasons, to protect his Empire.

  1. I have scars on my body that will always remind me of a worst ...

    The thought of throwing up again made me cry. Never in my life have I cried so much. I knew I had to keep fighting this battle, but my thoughts were, "what could possible be next?" I prayed to God all the time to give me the strength to get though this.

  2. The Freedom of a Bad Dream

    Knock! The white man quickly knocked twice on the table, the second knock, much louder than the first. The white man began to lean over the table shifting his weight onto his forearm. His eyebrows curved in toward the centre of his face and his lips pursed momentarily before

  1. During the Easter, Laura felt slightly uncomfortable, knowing that it was the first time ...

    True, she had loved Michelle as she was years ago but now she longed to have a more recent photo of her and to love her as she was at the moment. Her dad told her Michelle had written and Laura had eagerly asked how she was and felt glad

  2. Love Proved by Modus Ponens

    We have now additionally established that the unifying element in its most basic form is the foundation on which it was built.

  1. I smiled and took a deep breath, inhaling the salty air. I closed my ...

    I gasped in shock as the wind was knocked out of me and my body jarred. A rain of sand poured down on me, getting in my eyes and in my mouth, blinding, suffocating. I choked and frantically rubbed my stinging eyes, rolling onto my side.

  2. The Good and Bad of Modern Technology

    One should not be taken aloof by such progress as when innovation comes disparity. It is true that individuals are becoming more than ever connected in the massive world they live in nowadays, but people don?t realize is that they are actually becoming more lonely as time progresses.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work