so i'm 25 years old i feel like i've lost that stoke i used to have. i'd skip work and anything with girlfriends if i knew there were waves. i'd almost never sleep in if there was a chance of waves. now here i am sleeping in, working instead of surfing and drinking the night i know there are going to be waves in the morning. i was in costa rica a month ago and even though i didn't score perfect waves it felt great to be in the water but haven't surfed since. i need help. i used to base ever decision i made around when i was going to surf. any suggestions? am i missing something? have i just plateau'd ? help me please!
cold water turns a lot of people off. i don't blame you. try watching some surf videos at night. say screw work and just go man. youd be surprised what a solo session can do for you. like today for example, it was like 2-3ft+ and kinda onshore in VB but it was so fun! try different boards or try different spots. once you get into repeat mode (unless it's like pipe or something) try a different local spot. mixung it up is always the best way to fuel the stoke.
I've been on a three-year decline. I think the crowds kinda started it for me. That and I'm 37 and most of my buds just don't do sh-t anymore - no surfing, nada. But I like all the suggestions here. I've branched out to snowboarding, wakeboarding, slalom waterskiing and mountain biking to fill the void. They're all pretty damn fun. And uncrowded with a little selective planning. The other activities sometimes motivate me to surf again. I like being able to say I was behind a boat, on a mountain, and surfing all in the same week.
I don't mean this in a derogatory way, but maybe it's time to look for some new friends? Sure, keep your old lazy-ass ones but try to find some people with some motivation you can feed off a little. You can also try to reciprocate a little motivational action to your lazy-ass friends--they might appreciate it.
LBCrew is right too: GET A(some) NEW BOARD(s).
No worries though Seamonkey, I hit the same thing at about the same age--it's temporary. MWS, I'm 34 so we'll see what happens when I hit 37.
I feel your pain. I am now 42 years old and I wasn't feeling the stoke on Tuesday evening when it was firing here in Delmarva. I believe my issue is related to the cold water. I am sick of wearing a full suit with a hood, boots and gloves. The waves were pumping, but I was having a bad session, not finding my groove. Dropping in late, out of position, non-stop paddling due to heavy rip, and getting drilled attempting to get barreled. My last paddle out before dark, I just stood there looking at the 6ft cold nasty waves detonating just 10 yards in front of me. I decided to not bother paddling out and headed back to my car.
Well my cure is coming in two weeks. I am heading to Puerto Rico for a surf trip. Warm waters and fun waves, can't wait.