I know I'm rushing things, but I can't wait for Spring.
The hooded suit, the chest zip that does not fit over a large chest very well, 5mm fin socks, thick gloves, windburn, the pins and needly feeling that you get before whatever body part gets all woody-numb if you happen to get a 40 degree water flush.
I am sooooo done. I would love to go out in a 3/2 or a 2mm jacket and polypro shorts. And stay out ALL DAY. Gah, I miss marathon sessions. These days I am out for an hour or maybe two before I completely lose the feeling in my face.
I really need to move. This whole winter thing is a drag.
I hate winter. That's why I left New England and moved down south (southeastern NC). The whole winter here is like April in Boston--which means it does get cold but warms up again and the ground doesn't freeze, and camellias bloom, etc.
I haven't been in the water since Xmas eve--I only have a 3/2 wetsuit, so I'm waiting for the water temp. to get back up to 60 degrees, which I expect to happen sometime in March. I considered buying a thicker wetsuit, but I really hate the cold and don't tolerate it well so I guess I can just take 2 or 3 months off from bodyboarding each year.
Sorry, but I will take the suits & cold over the flat & crowded conditions in summer. I would prefer to shed the 5mil gear, gloves boots, hood, etc for a lighter full suit, but if it means flat, crowded conditions & the lifeguards telling us where & when we can surf, I will take the winter that we have had this year.
I've never really found myself in situations during the Spring, Summer and Fall where lifeguards were telling me where to go and what to do - I get to the beach around 6:00 in the morning or before it gets dark at night, way before they show up for the day and after they've packed up their oversized sunglasses and gone home.
Usually there's a few people out surfing at that time of day - which I've found most winters as well...so if I had a choice, I would take the warmer weather. There have been days when I've had a peak to myself, but more often than not, someone inevitably shows up.
With Long Island's fruitful history of poor winds and less than average surf, I imagine travel to different states is necessary during the better swells. I'm pretty much stuck here because of work obligations.
So, IMHO - winter sucks, and always will. I am not tolerant of the cold, but if you are - more power to you.
Last edited by Spongah; Mar 18, 2008 at 03:44 PM.
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