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  1. #1
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    East Coaster Be Proud

    So I just got my Surfing Mag in the mail last night and it was dedicated to the East Coast, and it really got me thinking and by the end of it I was pretty damn proud of our surf scene over here on the Right Coast. Many articles were written by guys from the West Coast, and how they use to not even think of the E. Coast when it came to surf, or they thought it was terrible for some reason.

    What they found after traveling and surfing places in NY / NJ, the OBX, and yes, my beloved NSB / Ponce Inlet, Sebastian Inlet, all the way down to Deerfield Pier and Reef Road, is that we truly do get great surf here, and many would even so far to say that when it's good it's just as good or better than the West Coast at times. Only difference being it's more consistent over there. But if you surf the right spots on the E. Coast, there is almost always a rideable wave.

    One thing they all seem to mention is that when it gets good here, it's not nearly as crowded and you can score WAY more waves in a session than you could out West, so they enjoy it more, and not only that, but it's more laid back here as well. One thing's for sure, is that they respect our stoke, and how proud some of us are of our coast and the waves we ride. Now i know many people have a negative attitude and will tell you all sorts of things about being on the E. Coast, and while some of it may be true, I choose to look at it from a different angle.

    The best part about not getting as much consistent swell as the W. Coast is that we appreciate the waves a lot more when they do come. Nothing better than that feeling of FINALLY scoring BIG at the end of the anticipation for each swell, whereas in other places you could end up jaded, and that's something I never want to happen.

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    Sorta glad we're getting recognition. It seems with every bit of recognition that comes to the sport or an area or whatever a degree of dilution comes along with it. You gotta change your tools for the job. You can't ride a lot of the same boards they ride on the west coast (or maybe ride them as often). I think about it a lot after spending a couple hours in washer machine slop and having a good time with a handful of other folks.... How many west coasters would be out here with us?

    That being said, when I started, I'd go out anytime anywhere. I've become a bit more of a discriminate surfer now and can understand why someone with a more consistent wave wouldn't want to be bothered. Gotta respect the stoke!

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    Last edited by DawnPatrolSUP; Nov 8, 2012 at 03:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemsonSurf View Post
    That being said, when I started, I'd go out anytime anywhere. I've become a bit more of a discriminate surfer now and can understand why someone with a more consistent wave wouldn't want to be bothered. Gotta respect the stoke!
    Yeah i hear that, I definitely didn't care what conditions were like in the beginning, as you learn more about the ocean you start to plan your days around better conditions, however, i've found that when I haven't gotten in the water in a while i'll take anything available to just break the streak. The way i see it, any day in the water is better than one out of it.

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    Our ability to get stoked on anything the ocean throws at us is a blessing in disguise. In Micronesia is "flat in the summer" meaning it could be micro barreling 2-3ft...most dudes wouldn't even bother. I mean not even surf for 3 months... However I was always like "this would be 200 people in VB... i'll paddle out" I surfed almost everyday while they drank beer in the parking lot... when typhoon season hit and the breaks went richter... I already had a feel for a number of heavy spots (albeit on a smaller easy to figure out scale) and was already so well entrenched in the local lineups no one even bothered to tell this haole to beat it. I knew folks that arrived during typhoon season that surfed even better than I did, that could never crack the local lineups and even took a crack in the skull from the local enforcers. I think they could just seee that I really wanted to surf and put my time in without any other ulterior motive.
    Last edited by Stranded in Smithfield; Nov 8, 2012 at 06:30 PM.

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    Surfing is not defined by a specific location - we're all in it together.

    Damn proud to surf the East Coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlrouen View Post
    Damn proud to surf the East Coast.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LENrHMrz0Iw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranded in Smithfield View Post
    Our ability to get stoked on anything the ocean throws at us is a blessing in disguise. In Micronesia is "flat in the summer" meaning it could be micro barreling 2-3ft...most dudes wouldn't even bother. I mean not even surf for 3 months... However I was always like "this would be 200 people in VB... i'll paddle out" I surfed almost everyday while they drank beer in the parking lot... when typhoon season hit and the breaks went richter... I already had a feel for a number of heavy spots (albeit on a smaller easy to figure out scale)
    no doubt. gotta paddle out in all sizes, tides, and winds to know a place well. if you were there when it was small, well...you can always drink beer in the parking lot later.

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    For sure ..... but Shhhhh

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    Nice song - I actually have this album.