the bad news is west florida is the worst area in the US for surfing (except maybe the great lakes)
the good news is you get to play in warm water and, if you can learn to "read" and surf that slop, you'll be able to surf anywhere.
dlrouen is right, "pop" is highly underrated. Doing sit-ups and push-ups in your down time will help you be prepared for popping up quickly when waves finally do come. Starting paddling way before the wave gets to you is a good habit, too
I surfed the gulf (bama point) and east coasts for years and still relatively sucked. Took a decade of surfing the consistency and size of the CA west coast for things to really start clicking like instinct for me...and I still have to keep conscious of certain things like popping up, not sloppily dragging my knees and/or other poor form
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Thread: Gulf Coast Woes
Oct 2, 2012, 02:16 PM #12
Id say you got some great answers here dude and to sum it up
1. a lil Barney
2. A lil slow take off
3. Charge and stand quicker
these waves are difficult here and what Mr Brady always sez at West Coast surf Shop
"If you can surf these waves, you can surf anywhere"
Meaning these are radical waves, mind of their own, not much uniformity in them...........
Have fun today........
Oct 2, 2012, 03:18 PM #15
Here's a few videos and pics of what it can get like when the conditions are good. These are from Debbie / Isaac just recently...
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Oct 2, 2012, 09:25 PM #16
It's cleaning up now, headed out for a sunset sesh! WOOOO, hope you guys got some or are going to soon, it'll probably be gone by this time tomorrow...
yeah, looks like you did get waves today...didn't look as junky as usual, either.
I didn't mean it never gets good. I was just referring to the fact that the predominant wind direction on the gulf is basically east to west (trade winds or winter storms pulling air up from the southeast), which would make it offshore/flat on any west facing coast, most of the time. (Sheboygan is also east facing...no trades, but they get the massive northern low pressure wind vacuums)
The most consistent spots on the gulf are east facing beaches like the fla panhandle (west of ft walton), south texas and below. Hell, trade winds (and fetch) combined with a tiny continental shelf managed to put Veracruz onto Surfer mag's map of good Mexico surf spots...something to be said, considering all the world class spots on that map (I'm sure they get plenty of tropical storm swells, too...without the worry).
I'm exactly 2 hours from any beach and the water is always cold, so, sometimes, even west fla seems tempting...but only if I lived a couple blocks from one of the more exposed beaches, max.
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