On smaller days, I enjoy surfing alone. For bigger days, I prefer to share the stoke, and have someone there to bail me out if needed. A friend of mine, broke his clavicle in the water this winter, so it was a good thing we were there. He needed assistance.
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Thread: Surfing Alone
May 14, 2013, 01:20 PM #31
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- Jan 2006
- Tinton Falls, New Jersey, United States
May 14, 2013, 01:41 PM #32Senior Member
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- May 2009
- Mission Beach/Spring Lake
This isn't for the young cats though I did surf alone at 13...............
And surfing alone means........surfing alone. Not paddling out without a pal into a pack. That's not surfing alone.
But wow, I can't believe how scared some people are on here....Well, wait, maybe I can. Dudes, most of you are from the mid-Atlantic not Northern California. So you just have to get over that spooky, sharky feeling that can come on those cloudy/foggy lonely days because in reality you aren't really in much risk. OCMD ain't Ano Nuevo.
Do I get that creepy feeling sometimes when it's breaking farther out, it's dismal and there's no one in the water or the beach? Sure. But you got to fight that feeling. Surfing alone builds character and makes you able to become a captain of a ship in the Bering Sea.........Plus, in the winter seals will bro-down with you more readily if you are alone. Shoot, I'm pals with a few of them these days. Mitch, Saugy Paws and Casper are all my friends.
May 14, 2013, 02:02 PM #34
Really, Jersey dolphins hate people. I think it has to do with the ocean pollution especially back in the day. I guess I can't blame them. But the seals, man.......the seals are down. And they seem to be growing in number.
May 14, 2013, 02:46 PM #36
Up here sometimes I have to. During the week even when its decent waves they will at times be nobody.Its a risk and im a good swimmer at least. Still I pick my days and go when its not stormy.
May 14, 2013, 02:51 PM #37
May 14, 2013, 03:06 PM #38
May 14, 2013, 03:24 PM #39
PJB made a good point. It's not surfing alone if there's other guys in the water. My mom still asks who I'm surfing with when I'm leaving the house. I have a good crew of 4-5 guys who love to surf any sort of wave regardless of conditions so there's usually someone else down to take a look, but if there isn't I just lie and say there is. There's almost always at least a few other guys in the water and I recognize most of them by face. But if there really isn't anybody out there I do feel a little sketched out, but usually not enough to not paddle out. However, at 13 you probably shouldn't be surfing without another human being in the water (sorry, seals don't count).
Quoting Bear from Big Wednesday. " You're alone anyway when you surf". Surfing is about knowing who you are. What you can handle. Be responsible for yourself and agree not to do stupid stuff while out in the water. I surf alone alot and love it. Especially if I'm way up the beach at Chinco. I make a pact with myself not to die. so far its worked. The only time I've gotten hurt is when alot of people are in the water and some dufus either doesnt know what their doing or is just super selfish and doesnt care about harming others. In the winter its actually fun to see someone else in the water to share the stoke. Plus there are so many waves freed up that we all get our own waves to surf. However some of my friends have been hurt or knocked out from their own board and if now one was around to save them then.... so its a perspective