Tess Jacquez, right, Kate Strait, center, and Brooke Hoerner Knippa, left, walk to the beach to surf in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Tues, 3/24/20. A Cold Walk. May 2020. Surfing has always been a sanctuary for eighth-grade science teacher, Kate Strait. She used it to distract from the pain of chronic Lyme disease, and is now surfing her way through the COVID-19 pandemic.