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The Sunlit Tides Surfing Academy

PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
This is a story in progress which will be, mostly, about my teen legacy heir, William, living the most perfect life I can imagine - attending a surfing boarding school in Sunlit Tides. I felt the need to state this in the first post because I know many readers like some drama in their sim stories. If you are one of those readers, you will probably find this story very boring!

William's parents met and got married in this story.


  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
    The story begins in Isla Paradiso, one of the most beautiful places known to Sims.

    Molly and Bruce, a just married couple from Hidden Springs, went there for their honeymoon, but liked it so much they decided to stay there forever.

    They also persuaded their best friends from Hidden Springs to come and join them.

    Two of those friends, Ella Carlisle and Sebastian Vanderburg, followed their example and got married on the beach soon aftwerwards.

    Molly and Bruce both continued with their careers: she as a private investigator and mystery novelist, he as a police officer.

    They soon had their first child, little William.

    When William became a toddler, it was clear he inherited his mother's red hair.

    Soon a younger brother followed: Julius, who looked more like their father.

    With Julius came a mysterious invisible friend called Ringo.

    When William became a teen, it was clear there were two things that interested him most of all: the sea and music.

    His parents gave him the birthday gift he had asked for: scuba diving lessons. He went to the science center to use the gift immediately, although it was the coldest, wettest part of rainy season.

    He also got a drum set and, thanks to his toddler xylophone skill, played it pretty well from the start.

    Another thing William deeply cared about was family: his own family was very happy, and even larger since Julius managed to turn Ringo into a real boy.

    His "family oriented" trait almost got William into trouble when he brought a classmate called Mindy Hamada home. Mindy was a little taken aback when he suddenly started talking about babies.

    She left rather in a hurry after she finished her homework. But William later apologised and they became good friends.

    William spent his first weekend as a teen jamming with townies in a bar...

    ... and surfing for the first time, although it was as cold as it gets in Isla Paradiso.

    He loved it despite of the cold, and despite of a painful incident that left him walking funny for a while!

  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
    Soon after his first experience with surfing, a notice on the school notice board caught William's eye.

    "Scholarships offered for the Sunlit Tides Surfing Academy."

    William told his friends Mindy Hamada and Valiant Vanderburg - son of Ella and Sebastian - about the notice.

    "Apparently, a famous surfer from Sunlit Tides - who is also the teacher at the Academy - is coming here to Isla Paradiso! To get the scholarship we need the highest marks in school, a statement of permission from our parents, and we need to pass an athletics test. Are you interested?"

    His friends were both, interested very much so. They were all A students, so they decided to work on their athletic skill.

    Mindy also told Jeanette Collins, a friend of hers who was very good at athletics, about the scholarship. Jeanette decided to train for the test too.


    The day of the athletics test came. The teens' parents and other curious townies gathered at the gym to watch.

    Matiu Henare, the surfer from Sunlit Tides, was a very friendly person and, as Mindy whispered to Jeanette, very good looking!

    He explained to the teens that they will be tested in cardio exercises, strength exercises and swimming.

    Even more enthusiastic now that they knew they liked their teacher, the four friends did their best to prove themselves.

    William lifted as much weight as he could. "It's no big deal if I have sore muscles tomorrow", he thought.

    "Or maybe sore muscles today..."

    Jeanette dived into the pool a little ungracefully but, luckily, the method of entering the pool wasn't part of the test.

    And time was up! ... and Matiu was happy to inform them they had all passed the test.

    A few days later, the four teens were saying goodbye to their parents at Isla Paradiso international airport.

    "Take care of yourself, Will. And I know that the sea and music are what you like most, but please don't neglect regular school!"
    "I won't. I promise."

    Valiant Vanderburg was a little bit nervous - he'd never traveled by airplane before, and his loner trait made him uneasy in such a crowded place.
    "Travelling is a wonderful thing. You won't regret it!" his mother Ella assured him.

    Soon they were all sitting aboard Paradise Airlines flight #27 to Sunlit Tides.

    The airplane took off, and they saw Isla Paradiso from above for the first time.

    Minutes later, the islands became just specks of green on the ocean.

    And then there was no more green, and they were flying west over the Simcific ocean.
  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member

    William and his friends fell asleep on the airplane; when they woke up on Sunday morning, they were still flying over the ocean, but an island was visible on the horizon.


    They landed at Mango's Military base, which doubled as a civilian airport.

    "Welcome to Sunlite Tides!" Matiu said. It's just a short drive from here to the Surfing Academy.

    They got in the school van and, as Matiu drove them, watched the surroundings curiously.

    The lush nature was similar to their homeworld, but not the same; most of the trees were coconut palms, and the sand was sparkling and white.


    Soon the van stopped in front of a buiding William recognised from the ad - the Sunlit Tides Surfing Academy.

    They stepped into the main hall, pleasantly cool and decorated in wicker and bamboo.

    Matiu introduced them to two local students, who had arrived the day before: a girl called Lilinoe...

    ... and a boy called Ruru, who had been preparing brunch for everyone.

    Matiu explained that every student would take their turn preparing meals - there would be a daily roster for cooking and for washing up.

    Lilinoe was delighted that new schoolmates had arrived, while Matiu seemed a little worried if everyone would like the salad he prepared.

    After the meal Matiu told them there were no official lessons for that day, but if anyone wanted to, they could have their first surfing lesson as soon as they unpacked and settled in.
    Everyone said "Yes!" to the first lesson.

    There was a boys' dormitory and a girls' dormitory upstairs. The students chose their beds, and then got ready for the beach.

    Dressed in school-issued blue bathing suits, they gathered around Matiu on the beach just across the road from their school.

    There were three wave stations on the beach. Matiu was the first to use one, to show his students how it's done.



  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
    After the teacher it was time for the students, too, to have a go on the surfing stations - first the girls and then the boys.
    Matiu warned them to stop surfing if a seal gets too close to them!

    Mindy Hamada was doing pretty well.

    Lilinoe was even better - as a local, she had done this many times.


    But Mindy was learning fast!

    Jeanette was last to start through no fault of her own - a townie wanted to use the wave station before her - but she was also pretty good when she started.

    Of course, everyone had some bad moments...

    The sun was already setting when it was the boys' turn.
    Valiant Vanderburg had been feeling uneasy on the beach - he is a Loner and there were too many people there for his taste. But once he got on the surfing station, his mood visibly brightened.
    He got attacked by a seal afterwards, but I failed to catch a screenshot of that!

    William and Ruru were the last to go home in the evening - they were enjoying this so much, they didn't want to stop.

    Before going to sleep, some of the students worked on their homework for tomorrow.

    Jeanette helped Valiant with his homework - there was a little spark between them earlier on the beach, so they felt like hanging out with one another a bit more.
  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
    Monday morning came - for the four students from Isla Paradiso, this would be their first day attending regular school in Sunlit Tides. They woke up early and prepared breakfast in the kitchen.

    A light summer rain started while they were hurrying towards the school bus.

    It was only a short bus ride to the school building.

    Lilinoe and Roru introduced the newcomers to some of their school friends.

    While the kids were at school, Matiu went around the town to run some errands. But first he dropped by at the house of one of his neighbours, Noelani Koi, a fellow surfer. Noelani and Matiu have a lot in common and have felt an instant bond when they met.

    Matiu then bought groceries to stock the boarding school fridge, and skill books to stock their library.

    The students returned home and chose to do their homework all together, in the boys' dormitory, although that meant some of them had to sit on the floor. Their marks were pretty low at this point, and it took them a while to finish their homework.

    Another light summer rain started, making the afternoon and evening look magical.

    But this rain also meant the weather was not ideal for going to the beach.

    It was best to stay in and work on opportunities they received at school. Lilinoe and Jeanette were tasked with reading "Demand Excellence or You'll Get Mediocrity".

    William got the task to improve his writing skill, so he practiced writing on his laptop.

    It was Valiant's turn to prepare dinner that evening. Valiant was the only one of the four newcomers who wasn't completely at ease in the boarding school, because his Loner trait constantly made him feel tense. Matiu took care to chat with him and compliment his cooking, and this did make the boy feel a little better.
  • PalmArrowPalmArrow Posts: 1,834 Member
    Ruru was the first to wake up the next day. The weather was perfect, so he thought he could go surfing, at least for a short while, before breakfast and school.

    Jeanette and Lilinoe also woke up early and decided to finish their opportunity books in bed.

    But poor Ruru was suddenly called back to shore by an angry policeman. He had forgotten that going out before dawn still counted as breaking the curfew.

    The police officer awoke Matiu, who angrily scolded Ruru.
    "How could you do that? You know you aren't allowed to go out at night."

    "I'm truly sorry! I couldn't wait to go to the beach and surf, because we missed yesterday because of the rain. The sun was already rising and I forgot that it was, technically, still night! I won't do it again."

    Matiu accepted the apology, to Ruru's relief, and told him not to worry - today was going to be sunny and they would go surfing again.

    After the kids went to school, Matiu took a taxi boat to a remote part of the island and spent the day fishing.


    The kids went on a field trip to the Sunlit Tides Police Station. This was a little awkward for Ruru, because he met the officer who took him home that morning again. But the trip was very useful: they gained a level in Athletic skill each.

    Students can make mistakes, as Ruru did, but even teachers do embarrassing things sometimes!
    When everyone returned home, Matiu wished to write a love letter to Noelani. He was so absorbed in his emotions, he sat down to write the letter in the midst of his students who were writing their homework. Most of them didn't notice what he was doing, but William, who finished his homework first, might have noticed something. He is looking away so pointedly!

    The three students who finished their homework first - William, Jeanette and Ruru - went to the beach with Matiu to have today's surfing lesson.

    They surfed until after sunset - since Matiu was on the beach, watching over them, the curfew wasn't being broken.


    It was Mindy Hamada's turn to prepare supper that day. They had a guest for supper: Matiu invited Noelani over.

    The students went to sleep, and Noelani and Matiu stayed downstairs, watching the Fishing Channel.

    The two got a bit romantic on the sofa. Matiu didn't invite her to stay over, although he wanted to - that would be highly improper for a teacher at boarding school to do - so they said good night after a while.
  • ShortyBuggShortyBugg Posts: 108 New Member
    I like this. I Love the use of the boat beds.
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