LOGIN | REGISTER

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 42

Thread: age

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    maryland
    Posts
    176
    Images
    2

    age

    I'm 38.
    I plan to retire when I'm around 52-54.
    Once retired I will have way more time to dedicate to chasing swells.
    What I worry about is that maybe by that age I will be an old cripple and won't want to hit waves daily. Already, after a long session my lower back aches and so does my achilles tendon on my rigth heel! WTF?
    How old is the oldest surfer you know?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Lewes, DE
    Posts
    5,377
    Images
    121
    We all want to be surfing the rest of our lives!
    Take care of yourself now, and you will be... I think when we are young, we just assume, we will be strong and agile forever...

  3. #3
    I regularly surf with a guy who's 68 years old and still charging the big days on a shortboard. Pretty inspiring!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
    Posts
    686
    Images
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by eppeldaa View Post
    I'm 38.
    I plan to retire when I'm around 52-54.
    Once retired I will have way more time to dedicate to chasing swells.
    What I worry about is that maybe by that age I will be an old cripple and won't want to hit waves daily. Already, after a long session my lower back aches and so does my achilles tendon on my rigth heel! WTF?
    How old is the oldest surfer you know?

    like they said, stay healthy and safe and you'll be fine!

  5. #5
    man, I'm 26 and I'm feeling the bad wipeouts for days. I had a fairly serious back injury just before my 21st birthday that I know will haunt me for life. I would be stoked to be surfing at 40. Occasionally I surf with a guy in north sand bridge who must be every bit of 70. He only surfs when it's big and glassy. He gets in to 'em really early and just makes big swooping turns. It;s very inspiring.

    Lets be real though, there are only 2 types of surfers over 50. Those who rip and have their whole lives and those who absolutely suck and float around on their $1200 custom logs.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Brick Township, New Jersey, United States
    Posts
    686
    Images
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    Lets be real though, there are only 2 types of surfers over 50. Those who rip and have their whole lives and those who absolutely suck and float around on their $1200 custom logs.

    living the dream hahaha

  7. #7
    I'm 51, my best surf buddy is 50. We've been surfing together for 30+ years and are both still on boards in the mid-6' range.

    It gets harder and easier at the same time as you age. As in, I know exactly what I need to do to keep surfing - and that is, a lot of dry land workout/training. If there's no waves, it's not time for coffee and donuts. Its time to get on the running shoes, or hit the Vasa Trainer, and/or the weights (light ones) and the stability ball for core work. Yoga stretching is also a must.

    It's the out of the water dedication that needs to increase as you get older. It is a pain, and there are days when I hate the regimen, but after a 4 hour session with no pain, or a winter 5/4 outing where my arms don't seem to notice the extra rubber, it's all worth it.

    So maybe you'll have more time when you retire to get into better shape than you are now! I know I'm in better overall condition than 10 years ago. Whether I'm a better surfer or not, I'm not sure. But my enjoyment level is up because I can get in the water and feel ready. None of those tired and out of shape "oh my God" moments.

    Like everyone has said - I don't want to stop until they pry my cold rigor mortis hands from the rails of my board.

    It takes some work, but surfing at an "advanced" age can be done, and done gracefully. I think you'll do well.


    PS - Like Lee said, you do start to "pick your spots." There are days when I have to accept that its definitely only for the young guys (man, it's hard...). The risk of injury isn't worth it. I want be able to surf "tomorrow." Major injuries, and even minor ones, at this age take a long time to get better and often don't really ever heal.

    Being out of the water for an extended period...let's just say I'm well aware that there are more surfing days behind me than there are ahead. Every session is precious....

  8. #8
    I'm 45 been surfing all my life and like the song says "I aint as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was". On a good size glassy day not too cold and no jerks in the way... I still charge and rip... or maybe just in my own mind but i have felt like a kid with all the good surf lately. like Satchel Paige said " don't eat fried foods, it angries up the blood".

  9. #9
    I've seen plenty of older/middle-aged guys surfing to make me not worry about surf fitness when I get to that age. I'm actually more worried about whats below the waist eventually not working than my shoulders/back.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    bethany & wrightsville
    Posts
    469
    Images
    32
    3 words: Big Wave Dave