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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by capecodcdog View Post
    Was he caught in a rip? Maybe not likely, since you say it was small. I was down in VA last week at an unguarded beach (it gets "patrolled") and there was ~waist high "close in" shore break and I went in the water to cool off and swam out just past the break to get a side perspective of the short boarders and body boarders that were catching waves off a peak. Suddenly I realized I was in a current pulling me away from the break line and shore so body surfing was not a near term option. This was not to long after I had eaten something, so that could have affected my swimming and wind, as I did not feel at full power. I was a little unnerved at first, but I did not panic and swam side ways out of the current towards the surfers and a wave breaking a bit out side a bit eventually drove me in.

    You never know, it does not really take a lot to create a difficult current and it really wasn't evident from the shore, but I sure felt how difficult it was getting back in.

    I knew that if I really got in trouble, I could have called over to one of the bro's in the line-up for assistance. It just makes me think that it is always good to keep an eye out for someone else, especially if their leash snaps and they lose their board, as they could be cramping up or injured. It's the right thing to do and you never know one day it could be any one of us.
    Just with in this week, a young lad drown on the north end of VB. When we were rearing our kids we spent a great deal of time on the beach and in the water (because that's where I want to be, ALL RIGHT?!). Our kids never entered the water without something strapped to them.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by chicharronne View Post
    Our kids never entered the water without something strapped to them.
    Much like how European families often let the children have wine at dinner with less incidence of abuse later in life, this is probably an excellent parenting technique to prevent the affinity of strapping things to oneself later in adulthood. There's several applications to interpret that for and most of them aren't the top choice for what your kids do when they grow up.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by tropic surfer View Post
    in the middle of a waveless summer and thunderstorms galore, reading the "more and more" thread got me thinking about something I saw in the water this past Spring.
    And, your thoughts are welcome..

    It's a dying swell, about 3 ft., and not very powerful. It's crowded, being spring-break time. It's not breaking far out; Florida beach breaks can have a longer paddle than this day.
    A young guy, about 15-16, breaks his leash. He's surfing with several friends his age, so he hangs in the area for a couple minutes, (I'm wondering, why?) and then an older guy, perhaps father or older brother paddles over and takes him to shore.
    I'm not sure if he asked for an escort to shore, or just expected it, but it seemed the latter.
    But it sure looked funny seeing two people clinging to one board like it was the lifeboat off the Titanic, making the short paddle in.
    Call me old school, I can handle it. But I was frikken stunned. This was small, inconsistent surf!
    This kid going to grow a backbone and take care of himself?
    Or just a sign of the times?
    Poser, or someday, pro?
    tropic, where was this again? Your homeland of PR? Thank you for the excellent piece of data for my R&D efforts. This is clearly NOT the target market for my surf school, where leashes don't exist and the bombing 8-10 is the baseline venue.

    At least it wasn't his aging mother or petite sister coming to save the day. His questionable dignity would have plummeted much further.

  4. #24
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    Quote Originally Posted by goosemagoo View Post
    A few years ago, 3rd day of my honeymoon, I tried to tow 3 living guys on a boogie board and a dead old man they were trying to save back to the beach. No go. They were like a sea anchor. The catch-22 was they weren't very sea worthy and had no business being out there but how could they be expected to watch the old man (a relative) drown. Well they didn't save him and almost drowned themselves.

    If I helped the already dead guy I would've had a couple of more bodies in the water. Help the living and the old man floats away plus whomever was left probably had a 50-50 chance of not drowning. The rip was pretty bad so all I could do was keep them calm and afloat the best I could until the rescue crew got there.

    Pretty sad day for all. All of them were in town for a wedding. Granddad, his son, son's future son-in-law and the best man were all out there. They still went through with the wedding 2 days later.

    I saw it all happen. I was checking the waves (waist high and choppy) waiting for the tide to drop and saw what looked like guy paddling out very fast on a longboard but realized there was no board under him and he was caught in a rip. I grabbed my board and sprinted down the beach hoping I was wrong. By the time I got there the 3 dudes were already swimming toward him with 1 boogieboard. I jumped in and caught up with them at the sandbar then realized there was the old guy floating face down. All were starting to panic so giving up my board was pretty sketchy too so I let them hold onto my leash and paddled like I have before towards a shallower part of the sandbar.

    Turns out they think the guy had a heart attack in the shorebreak and that's why he got caught in the rip. But, things could've been much worse.
    Nice save bro. It's tough having to make a Sofie's Choice out the water. It's always good until is isn't all of a sudden. I've been in similar situations, and the main thing, if it is one kook in trouble, or a mom trying to hang on to all three of her kids, is to mentally connect to them, let them know you will absolutely get them to safety, but you need their total cooperation ( especially Mom's ). A higher power can be available if you keep things calm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seldom seen View Post
    maybe a bad case of vaginitis.
    This. Seen called the affliction of our cultural masses.

  6. #26
    Speaking to the broken leash...

    My leash broke Wed. early into my sesh, luckily it had the little weight thing on it, so I pulled the Velcro, popped the broken section thru, with the weight on one side and surfed the rest of the day, held beautifully.

    As for the vaginitis, if he needs help paddling in now, I hope he ain't out there when we get some real waves!

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    The past couple weekends I saw quite a few "water rescues". Not necessarily all emergencies, but a cpl instances of kids swimming directly against a rip and freaking out. Another one where like literally 5 or 6 kids, I say kids but looked like young teenagers, clinging to a walmart boogie with this confused look on their faces. Not sure my point to all this, had a special friday morning breakfast, but it just amazes me b/c it's not like the rips were that bad, and in terms of surf, not bigger than 4 ft. It is a rippy spot, they pop up quick, I guess i'm also surprised people dont get hurt more often. Obviously, in those circumstances, I had my eye on these folks and would be willing to assist if necessary.

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    I'm thinking he was scared of the reef and urchins. People talk it up so much down there and caution can be a good thing with a beginner(kid) and the reef.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    Much like how European families often let the children have wine at dinner with less incidence of abuse later in life, this is probably an excellent parenting technique to prevent the affinity of strapping things to oneself later in adulthood. There's several applications to interpret that for and most of them aren't the top choice for what your kids do when they grow up.
    Emass, your PM mail box is full

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    EMass, yeah, it was here.
    It's possible he was spooked of urchins, but when you're close to shore at this spot you can actually walk the last 8-10ft. to shore...
    Sea urchins are NOT life threatening. H&ll, they don't even hurt that much.
    Personally, I agree most with the (first page) response about further evidence of the weakening of the species, as this behavior has been written about before in surfer mag.