I always surf alone just because there's never anybody out up here - especially at this time of year. But I seem to surf better when there are people on the beach. Much as I hate to admit it, I think it's an ego thing. Not that people walking their dogs are actually paying attention, but I imagine they are and it makes me try harder and perform better. Also provides a small amount of comfort knowing if something does go terribly wrong there was a witness before I disappeared. This video posted here is on topic and pretty cool, too.
surfing with one other person decreases your chances of a shark attack by 50%. the current chances are 1 in a million, I'm okay not cutting that in half. if your referring to getting hurt in the lineup those chances in jersey are probably also 1 in a million
I just watched a few of his videos the other day. Pretty amazing the length the guy goes to get to some of those places but maybe thats half the fun though.
As for solo surfing for me, I usually go by myself 99.9%. Thing is, when I get to the spot Im never alone out in the water. Almost always I can find a familiar face out in the line up. I kind of enjoy it honestly. I can get out and go whenever without having to wait on somebody else and I can try different things without the "competition" factor of surfing with a buddy that tends to follow. I think I also surf better when Im alone.
sharks? for real? when's the last shark attack on a surfer that happened on the east coast? being concerned about getting hit in the head or cut by your skeg is a legit concern when surfing alone but the shark thing is all in your head unless you're in north cal or south africa or something.. long island and new jersey, not so much.
i love surfing alone and do it all the time. just don't be too aggro with big shallow closeouts or late drops and you'll be fine. plus, if you do paddle out alone on people already surfing you won't piss them off as bad because it's just you. if you and your three friends paddle out together you aren't being safe, you're being a jerks to the people you're crowding.
I prefer to surf with friends, but also enjoy a solo session occasionally. When I get sketched out is a solo session on an overcast day when there's not a soul on the beach, especially this time of year. As you get older, you start to appreciate the buddy system a little bit more. And when you have buddies your age, who have had heart attacks, it kind of works it's way into your head when you're out alone. But hey, if the waves are good what ya gonna do? Better to go doing what you love...
Actually now even in the summer i always paddle out alone. None of my friends surf anymore or got pulled away by drugs, well two close friends still surf but not frothing at all. Living in a small town I always know someone out there no matter what. I miss the days when I was like 15 years old and paddling out with my 6 of my boys and it would be so competitive and I'd learn so much. Now I'm competitive with myself, people better than me in the water, and I watch way too many surf videos
I enjoy surfing with a small group out and enjoy surfing alone. through the winter its pretty much solitary anyway. YOu have to decide not to die or get hurt! And choose waves that are reasonable. As Bear puts it...you're alone anyway as a surfer...you have to rely on yourself..