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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by live aloha View Post
    For me it's all about people. If I'm alone and far from shore, especially over a shallow reef, that makes it spooky. Otherwise I seldom think about it.
    I hear ya... I hate crowded surf breaks, but I always feel more comfortable with others in the water.

  2. #22
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    Costa Rica - Little Hawaii

    I got creped out at a surf spot called Little Hawaii in Costa Rica. I linked up with a surf camp for the day and we checked Playa Avellana and decided to walk up to Little Hawaii. Which, I never surfed before. There were rain squalls everywhere, dark and gloomy. Not a soul in sight. Passed one river mouth that looked crocky. When we arrived at the break I was shocked to see how big it was; 10-12ft and started breaking about 400 yards out all the way into the shoreline, beautiful wave, but very heavy. We had to paddle through an eight foot shore break that was relentless. The rip was like a river (Stage 5). All I now is that the break was sand and lava reef. Lava reef is worse than coral reef, very sharp and solid. I caught a few great waves, but would pull out of any sketchy close out sections; I was in survival mode. Paddling back out to the line was a major feat. By the way, not one person made it any further than 100 yards out.

    Break Details - http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/Centra...aii/index.html

  3. #23
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    Playa Negra isn't sketchy! it has vacation homes and a really nice hotel cafe right in front of the main break. The wave looks a lot scarier than it is. The first time I was taken there, I thought that I was going to die.Solid 15-20+ bombs. I sat outside and watched a few local friends surf the peak for an hour. Long enough to get my head straight and grow some balls. BTW those rocks hold some delicious lobsters.
    Last edited by andrewk529; Oct 21, 2011 at 09:28 PM.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by andrewk529 View Post
    Playa Negra isn't sketchy! it has vacation homes and a really nice hotel cafe right in front of the main break. The wave looks a lot scarier than it is. The first time I was taken there, I thought that I was going to die.Solid 15-20+ bombs. I sat outside and watched a few local friends surf the peak for an hour. Long enough to get my head straight and grow some balls. BTW those rocks hold some delicious lobsters.
    My homeboy down in CR told me his friend surfed Negra in 2X Overhead, wiped out on a wave, smacked his head on the reef and died.

    Stranded...sounds like you've been a lot of places. It's not really about the place, it was more a vibe i felt for a couple seconds there....it's happened to me b4 in OC. Heavy fog, dusk, a 7 foot shark about 20 yds away...spooky, but the waves were too good to paddle in...so i enjoyed the spookyness
    Last edited by Koki Barrels; Oct 22, 2011 at 01:14 AM.

  5. #25
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    People have drowned surfing Tamrindo beach..At Negra where the main wave breaks, the water is around 20 ft deep. The wave also collapses in a uniform fashion and only will close out towards the end of a long section. I haven't seen the break perfectly clean. Hopefully I can catch a good swell there in the future.

  6. #26
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    Stinson Beach N. California. Shark signs...shark alarms...chest to shoulder high, no wind and glassy... me and one guy out. Didn't know each other. Felt the vibe the whole sesh...Pucker factor=9.6. Never been so glad to be back on land. Salmon Creek N. California a close second...Go back this Feb. Can't wait to do it again.

  7. #27
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    Sketchiest spot on the east coast... definitely Manasquan Inlet. Lots of sharks and other dangerous aquatic species. lots of pointy shells on the bottom, and occasional deadly whirlpool. Do not surf here ever, no matter what.

  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmonster View Post
    Sketchiest spot on the east coast... definitely Manasquan Inlet. Lots of sharks and other dangerous aquatic species. lots of pointy shells on the bottom, and occasional deadly whirlpool. Do not surf here ever, no matter what.
    Yea i have seen sharks there so sketchy

  9. #29
    There's a spot near Ensenada called Cannery's. Basically, it's a fish processing plant that just dumps everything it doesn't use straight into the ocean, literally making it the largest chum factory in Baja. You can't see below your knees as you sit on your board, the water is so murky. Duck diving under waves makes your skin and eyes burn like hell. Throw in the major shark vibe, and it only took one time for me to surf this place.

    Never again.

    And then there's those Northwestern spots with their occasional Orcas....but that's another story.
    Last edited by kidrock; Oct 23, 2011 at 07:27 AM.

  10. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmonster View Post
    Sketchiest spot on the east coast... definitely Manasquan Inlet. Lots of sharks and other dangerous aquatic species. lots of pointy shells on the bottom, and occasional deadly whirlpool. Do not surf here ever, no matter what.
    The sketchiest part of MI is trying to dodge the 40 other people in the lineup, that place is so overhyped...