Brazil's silver surfers leave aches beneath waves

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Brazil's silver surfers leave aches beneath waves
Teacher Denise, 55, gives a surfing lesson to Claudines Garcia (R), 64, during their morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Regina Palomares, 68, puts on flippers before her surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Francisco Aguiar, 71, poses for a photograph after his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Maria Ines, 69, poses for a photograph after her morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Sueli Garcia, 60, poses for a photograph after her morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Edmea Pereira, 69, poses for a photograph after her surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Regina Palomares, 68, poses for a photograph after her surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Teacher Denise, 55, gives a surfing lesson to Maria Ines (C), 69, and Regina Palomares (L), during their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Francisco Aguiar, 71, takes part in his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Teacher Denise, 55, gives a surfing lesson to Maria Ines (C), 69, and Regina Palomares (R), during their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Wagner Barbosa, 67, poses for a photograph after his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Elsa Rodrigues, 61, poses for a photograph after her morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Edmea Pereira (R), 69, and Simplicio Zaninete, 65, surf during their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Claudines Garcia, 64, poses for a photograph after his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Francisco Aguiar, 71, surfs during his morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Edmea Pereira, 69, surfs during her morning surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Elsa Rodrigues, 61, surfs during her surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Osmidio Conde, 71, poses for a photograph after his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
(R-L) Sueli garcia, 60, Elsa Rodrigues, 61, Osmidio Conde, 71, Simplicio Zaninete, 65, Edmea Pereira, 69, and her husband Francisco Aguiar, 71, pose for a picture after their school's surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Edmea Pereira (Rear R), 69, and her husband Francisco Aguiar (R), 71, walk towards the sea before their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Claudines Garcia (R), 64, puts paraffin wax on a surfboard to avoid slipping as Wagner Barbosa, 67, stands by before their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Maria Ines (L), 69, Regina Palomares (2nd L), 68, Edmea Pereira (R), 69, and her husband Francisco Aguiar, 71, walk towards the sea before their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Elderly people take part in their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Teacher Denise (C), 55, gives a surfing lesson to elderly people during their surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil March 17, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Osmidio Conde, 71, puts paraffin wax on a surfboard to avoid slipping before his surf class in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, March 16, 2016. When work is up, surf is up in Brazil, as a group of retired citizens take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young sessions at a surf school in the city of Santos. The classes are run for free, three times a week at the Cisco Arana school, which aims to prove that age is just a number. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "NACHO SURFING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 18 (Reuters) - When work is up, surf is up in Brazil. A group of pensioners take to the waves in keep-fit, keep-young surfing lessons that aim to show age is just a number.

Edmea Pereira and Francisco de Aguiar, a retired husband and wife in their 70s, take classes three times a week, for free, at the Cisco Arana surf school in the city of Santos in the state of Sao Paolo.

"All our aches and pains stay at the bottom of the sea, we no longer feel pain, and our self-esteem is elevated too," said Pereira. "When I get out of the sea I feel 10 years younger."

The classes started as a way to relieve another kind of pain for the couple. Their son went blind at 24 and they sought out Cisco Arana for specialist teaching. Seeing their son's sense of freedom on the board, they decided to give it a go themselves - and soon they were hooked.

"Ever since the first time, you take the board and you feel a sense of wellbeing," said Aguiar.

Arana's oldest student took to the waves at 80 years young. It's not the students' age that ever surprises him but the impact surfing can have on their mood and wellbeing, he said.

Learning has been in both directions, said Arana, who founded the school 25 years ago with the aim of promoting social inclusion by encouraging people to try new activities. The silver surfers' inexhaustible patience impresses him above all, he said.

(Reporting by Nacho Doce; Writing by Antonia Eklund and Brian McGee; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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