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    Live in Washington D.C. ? Surf a lot? Read this

    Has circumstance found you this dumpy smelly sh!%hole of a swamp we call Washington D.C? Yeah, me too. And it blows. I have amassed a very small group who shred here, but still I find myself spending ungodly amounts of cash on gas for those random solo trips when the less motivated are content to battle hipsters in the district. So today's your lucky day, if you shred, are motivated, and love waking up to drive hours for shore pound, send me a message. Would love to set up a solid D.C. Carpool crew on top of what we have so far.
    Last edited by cmacd; Oct 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM.

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    Hard to believe you're having trouble finding a crew with such an upbeat stoke/attitude.

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    I know more than few people who drive out for that shore pound...However, living in a pricey, transient, yuppie city like DC means (sometimes) having real jobs. So, no Thursday sessions for many. That being said I do know a marketing exec who surfs relatively often, he has all sorts of boards and time off.

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    i went to uni down in DC and used to always drive out to OCMD for surf. it's not a bad trip like 4 hours round rtip but it was definitely worth it. had a buddy that lived in Salisbury so i would crash with him.

    that bridge that connects maryland proper to the eastern shore is the scariest ****ing thing i've ever EVER been on.


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    Good luck. I wish I could do the trip more, but having a family doesn't allow for it. It stinks being this far but more reason to pick up some other sports that give you a sense of sanity. Kayaking is good around here. I have only done it a couple of times since the entry fee for equipment is steep. I would recommend getting a road or mountain bike. There is good riding around here and if you do it enough it keeps you in super shape and it gives you an adrenaline fix similar to surfing. You must adapt to survive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommyh View Post
    Good luck. I wish I could do the trip more, but having a family doesn't allow for it. It stinks being this far but more reason to pick up some other sports that give you a sense of sanity. Kayaking is good around here. I have only done it a couple of times since the entry fee for equipment is steep. I would recommend getting a road or mountain bike. There is good riding around here and if you do it enough it keeps you in super shape and it gives you an adrenaline fix similar to surfing. You must adapt to survive...
    Never understood this mentality, either you love surfing or you don't. Don't use family as an excuse to NOT drive an hour or two to the beach. Why not bring the family along? Why not try to instill the same stoke in your kids as you have... oh wait....

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    Nothing can compare to riding waves IMO, bottom line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Never understood this mentality, either you love surfing or you don't. Don't use family as an excuse to NOT drive an hour or two to the beach. Why not bring the family along? Why not try to instill the same stoke in your kids as you have... oh wait....
    Hey guy, perhaps there is more to the story you do not know. Perhaps I would be willing to explain were it not for pretentious "dude I'm so rad and live near the waves" attitude I see here. Those of us who live within earshot of the waves are very blessed. Enjoy that. There's no need to be a jerk.

    Okay, screw it, I'll just share anyway. I was very fortunate over several years to live near the ocean, in Hawaii, CA, and internationally. Then my dad died. They found Stage 4 cancer and he was gone in less than 2 months. I moved back to Baltimore to help with the family. Then I met my wife, with whom I have gone through a much-harder-than-normal pregnancy. Due to those and other reasons, I haven't surfed much this year. We are hoping to score a move to the Northwest next year and find big uncrowded surf out there. Do I 'love surfing less than you'? Okay sure, if you mean by not wanting to abandon the people I love, then I suppose. Have you charged big Hawaiian surf? Have you hung out with locals in the South Pacific and learned that the ocean is not a recreational spot but, even more, a source of life and spirituality? Those among us who have learned to love the ocean only to be pulled away are equally aware (and sometimes more) of such things. So, what I am saying is, please do not 'rub it in' because you get to surf way more often than some other people. By your logic, I could say "If you really loved surfing, then you would go live on the West Coast where they actually have consistent swell." You would offer some perfectly reasonable argument as to why that is not true, and you would be correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by live aloha View Post
    . . .Those among us who have learned to love the ocean only to be pulled away. . .
    You'll get back there. Once there's salt water in your veins, it never leaves you. The worst are the dreams, I've moved away and moved back many times and I'd dream about the ocean or more often surfing every night. Maryland has some white water kayaking as I understand it. It's not the same, but charging a 3 foot wide creek in a rain storm and then going over a 10'-15' drop is pretty fun too.

    Those dreams never stop though. I dreamt about surfing last night.

    I forgot my point cause I was thinking about my dream last night, family always comes first. Foch surfing, nothings more important than family.
    Last edited by zaGaffer; Oct 2, 2012 at 04:27 PM. Reason: Forgot where I was going with this

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    Quote Originally Posted by live aloha View Post
    Hey guy, perhaps there is more to the story you do not know. Perhaps I would be willing to explain were it not for pretentious "dude I'm so rad and live near the waves" attitude I see here. Those of us who live within earshot of the waves are very blessed. Enjoy that. There's no need to be a jerk.

    Okay, screw it, I'll just share anyway. I was very fortunate over several years to live near the ocean, in Hawaii, CA, and internationally. Then my dad died. They found Stage 4 cancer and he was gone in less than 2 months. I moved back to Baltimore to help with the family. Then I met my wife, with whom I have gone through a much-harder-than-normal pregnancy. Due to those and other reasons, I haven't surfed much this year. We are hoping to score a move to the Northwest next year and find big uncrowded surf out there. Do I 'love surfing less than you'? Okay sure, if you mean by not wanting to abandon the people I love, then I suppose. Have you charged big Hawaiian surf? Have you hung out with locals in the South Pacific and learned that the ocean is not a recreational spot but, even more, a source of life and spirituality? Those among us who have learned to love the ocean only to be pulled away are equally aware (and sometimes more) of such things. So, what I am saying is, please do not 'rub it in' because you get to surf way more often than some other people. By your logic, I could say "If you really loved surfing, then you would go live on the West Coast where they actually have consistent swell." You would offer some perfectly reasonable argument as to why that is not true, and you would be correct.
    I hear what you are saying, and perhaps I was a bit harsh. You must have mistaken me for someone who lives on the beach. Dude, I drive 2.5hrs each way EVERY WEEK to ride whatever rideable wave is out there. I have a fiance who does not surf, who can't even really be in the sun for extended periods of time due to meds, but you know what? She gets in the car and rides along with me because we enjoy the time together. She gets to have her quiet time under a canopy tent, but she gets in the water sometimes to catch a quick wave or just to have some fun and then back to her spot in the shade, while I get to surf my brains out and come back refreshed and a happier person for her to go home with.

    I have a buddy of mine who when I met him he didn't have any kids, he surfed pretty regularly, but now? Can't get him in the water but a couple times per year, when it's "worth it", now it's not smart to abandon your family for surf (although you should be able to from time to time without guilt), and moreso, the wife should be encouraging her man to surf, cause that what he loves to do. Kids love the beach! I know if my dad surfed (which he didn't) and he wanted to hit the road every weekend or every other weekend I would have been more stoked than ever. My point is this, you don't stop living your life and doing the things you love because you have a wife and kids, that's just being lazy and using them as an excuse IMO. Sure, maybe there are some serious life pitfalls that may keep you from the ocean for a while, but to say you simply can't make it because you have a family is total BS. Family should share things together, unless of course you are selfish and only want surf to be something YOU can enjoy, then in that case, do your thing.