I always see folks out there at first street regardless of the conditions. Like, right now. It's 1-3 ft and poor conditions. High tide. 20 knot side shore winds, and there are 3 people "surfing" on the webcam. It made me think... am I just being a spoiled baby about it? Is paddling around in the wind better than not surfing at all? For me 20 knot side shore is a deal breaker even when there IS swell. To me it's like flying a kite in lightening storm- just dumb.
I notice this in the summer especially. I will know damn well that it's flat flat flat but will still see boards on cars and people in the water.
Where are you guys at on this one? Are these guys putting in their time or wasting it? Some of my greatest memories of surfing as a kid I didnt have surfline or anything, I certainly wasn't hovering over a weather radio... But I always had a blast. What have I lost?
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Thread: regardless of the conditions....
Mar 26, 2012, 08:39 PM #1
regardless of the conditions....
Mar 26, 2012, 08:50 PM #2Member
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Guilty. I'll paddle out just for the exercise; even the hope of catching a few small ones is better than nothing for me.
Mar 26, 2012, 08:57 PM #3
I'd say they're putting their time in and trying to log as much water time as possible. Sure conditions are challenging and less then ideal, but they're out doing what all of us love. I could see if you have been surfing for awhile, days like these, side shore and sloppy, would give someone second thoughts about paddling out. Surfing is surfing though, anytime in the water isn't a waste in my mind. They're out trying to have some fun and catch a wave or two, regardless if it's not ideal.
I wouldn't say you lost anything. From your past posts you've obviously traveled a bit, and having solid conditions in PR, CR, where ever, could make days like today hard to get out. Keep surfing, keep getting wet, keep the stoke. When you get it good at home it may make it a bit sweeter after putting in all the other time on cruddy days.
Mar 26, 2012, 09:01 PM #4Senior Member
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Mar 26, 2012, 09:24 PM #5
A bad day of surfing still beats just about anything... but I guess I'm still a kid at heart
Mar 26, 2012, 09:38 PM #6
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- milton delaware
1-3 foot with 20 mph sideshore chop to me is worthless. I would probably get out of the water after 30 minutes more annoyed/irritated than when I started. To me thats not what surfing is about.
go to Gym, play drums, knock back a cold one(s) with a bud, post on moronic forums, read a book....all better options.
Lee - Isnt the other side of the jetty protected? I'd rather surf clean and tiny than so choppy the texture is bigger than the swell!
Mar 27, 2012, 01:03 PM #7
Lee - Isnt the other side of the jetty protected? I'd rather surf clean and tiny than so choppy the texture is bigger than the swell![/QUOTE]
for some reason the surf report always says that, but a 6' high jetty doesn't offer up as much wind protection as they claim. To hide behind that thing you would be right up on the rocks fighting both the out current and the drift to stay in the zone. As soon as you sat still you would be in sandbridge.
Milton De, home of the dogfish. I always stop there, or the rehobo one, on the way two / from NY. I'll pm you next time and bring a board.
Mar 26, 2012, 09:34 PM #8
I drive 200 miles to surf Texas wind swell. It gets OK in Texas now and then, but given the limitations on when I can make it to the beach, waist high waves with <15 mph onshores are "good" conditions. As I improve, travel and sample better waves I've definitely seen the "what conditions I will paddle out in" bar inch up a bit. The way I look at it, even if I'm just paddling about in barely rideable chop that's doing something to improve my surfing. But hey, in the grand scheme of things I'm still a kook. I can definitely understand how more experience and regular access to better surf could change one's perspective.
Last edited by tonylamont; Mar 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM.
Mar 26, 2012, 09:58 PM #9
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- Ortley beach NJ
ever single time i paddle out no matter the conditions its ALWAYS better then doing nothing
Mar 27, 2012, 12:05 AM #10