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Thread: Surfing Alone...
Dec 31, 2011, 02:05 PM #32Senior Member
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- Jul 2007
I get weird feelings surfing alone too. Technically I always surf alone, because all my friends that surfed either quit or moved away, but as for being out in the lineup solo I try not to do that, especially when the sandbar is super far out.
Some spots I will surf alone (Buxton lighthouse or anywhere in DELMARVA), but other spots, no way in hell (like Frisco, Pea Island or Cape Point). I typically try to find a spot with at least one to two other strangers out, just in case.
Dec 31, 2011, 02:33 PM #33
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- Aug 2007
- South Monmouth County
Two is company, Three a crowd
I always surf by myself but I prefer to find a spot that has at least one other person out, for safety reasons. If there are more than 2 people on a jetty I start to feel like it's too crowded, unless it is an epic day like on the 28th when there were enough waves for about 5 people to share a jetty.
That happens to me EVERY winter session. Theres something different about the ocean in winter, its just more cold and intimidating, for some reason i always think im gonna die or something its a creeped out feeling. a few weeks ago i got that feeling SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO bad it was killing me and then i saw a HUGE shark and just freaked out....sometimes you cant ignore what your body's feeling, it may be trying to tell you something.
I know shark attacks are very unlikely on the east coast but Ive been seeing more and more seals off long island than I ever have.... and you just dont know what the changes in the environment are going to bring us....
From what I understand... there is now a shark problem in New England/Mass. with the explosion of the seal population in those waters..
Dec 31, 2011, 04:54 PM #36Junior Member
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- Feb 2010
- Outer Banks NC
I surf alone a lot. Far out and stormy conditions, remote places like frisco in winter. I've also seen and been knocked around by sizable sharks. Its ok to do so but you have to able to count on your abilities and be able to trust your instincts. You dont go wandering into the forest alone without preparation and knowledge, same with the ocean. I leave a note with the time, date and place Im at in case something happens. When you get that strange feeling you just cant stiffle, I get out take a break and watch the ocean for a while, its surprising what you see sometimes. I also paddle and move around as smoothy as possible with a minimum of splashing and thrashing and sit quietly waiting. I never pee in my suit when Im by myself, its like a scent trail straight to you. I learned that one the scary way. Its all cool until something happens and you realize all the stuff you skipped over before and while in the water means a lot.
Jan 2, 2012, 10:52 PM #37Junior Member
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- Jan 2012
I think surfing alone is very cool. I have much adrenaline when I surf alone.
Jan 3, 2012, 07:20 PM #38
I prefer to surf with a few close friends, though most of my hardcore surf buddies live elsewhere, so I'm alone 90% of the time. It's nice to paddle out and meet new people, but I often need that soul surfing experience that only happens when both the ocean and beach are empty. I also surf far better when there's no one watching. I'm not a great surfer or anything, but I definitely try to "look cool" when people are watching me ride...which means I actually end up surfing worse and feel stressed out instead of having fun. As for the shark bit, if your number gets picked, then so be it. You stand a much bigger chance of getting in a fatal car wreck.
One thing I really do enjoy is surfing a point break with a dozen or so people. Once the conveyer belt starts moving, you get to ride past your buddies as they paddle back out.
Jan 3, 2012, 08:33 PM #39
I generally like a couple people in the water when I surf, but not more than 2 or 3 near me. at that point I feel kinda crowded. but during summer it's way more than that. I like paddling out with a friend, but at the same time, surfing solo feels the best, because you don't have to worry about messing up and looking like an idiot. It's all fun, you have nothing to prove to anyone.
Jan 4, 2012, 04:00 PM #40
Almost always go surfing alone, but do not like surfing empty spots solo. I know it is irrational, but my mind almost always gets the better of me if I am the only one out. Jaws wrecked me, and I actually think I have gotten worse as I have gotten older. I have forced myself to stay out there a few times and try to talk myself into sane thinking, but doesn't always work.