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    Missing the cold

    Don't get me wrong, I spend all winter and spring dreaming about the day I can shed off all my rubber and feel the waves on my skin. Grass is always greener, right? But the warmth is not without its disadvantages: Crowds, kooks, and going days without a decent swell are some of the plagues that come with summer. Of course you all know this, but for all you year-round surfers, do you miss the cooler months as well? And what do you miss about it?

    With the cold water, the waves are heavier and the herds get thinned out by natural selection. But the things I miss most are the extra adrenaline rush of duck diving under an icy wave and the effect it has on my body. There is something to be said about driving home from a winter session, still shivering, half numb, and feeling the blood rushing to my skin as my body tries desperately to warm itself back up.

    How about all of you?
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    i love winter hands down my favorite time of the year as you said i love/hate duck diving under icy waves, but the cold water is so much more dense and its awesome, dawn patrol is my favorite time for winter surfing, hot coffee, cold air and the morning sun cant beat it.

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    Not yet. Been getting enough good, enjoyable rides during DP in trunks at somewhat uncrowded spots. I am, however, looking forward to the "stepped up game" and challenges of winter surf.

    From a couple days ago:
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    "I am, however, looking forward to the "stepped up game" and challenges of winter surf."


    Great way of putting it. I've been psyching myself up on every waist high surf so that i can charge as humanly possible this fall/winter.

    Gotta get ready for the extra 20lbs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by capecodcdog View Post
    Not yet. Been getting enough good, enjoyable rides during DP in trunks at somewhat uncrowded spots. I am, however, looking forward to the "stepped up game" and challenges of winter surf.

    From a couple days ago:
    unexpectedsweetswell20130731-2.jpg
    That you out there ripping it up? Looking good, great wave too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    That you out there ripping it up? Looking good, great wave too!
    Yes, that's me. Thanks! A buddy took the shot. We got an unexpected surge in swell during DP at dead high tide (usually doesn't break so well at high unless the swell is large enough) that sent A-Frame one after the other, that gave nice rights & lefts, for about an hour. Only a handful of us out there due to this unanticipated occurrence. That's why you gotta go, 'cause you never know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by capecodcdog View Post
    Yes, that's me. Thanks! A buddy took the shot. We got an unexpected surge in swell during DP at dead high tide (usually doesn't usually break so well at high unless the swell is large enough) that sent A-Frame one after the other, that gave nice rights & lefts, for about an hour. Only a handful of us out there due to this unanticipated occurrence. That's why you gotta go, 'cause you never know!
    That's awesome man, I love when that happens.

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    March, April, October and November (the changing of the seasons) = the best!!

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    As much as I enjoy surfing in boardshorts, I definitely miss the cooler months. There's no better feeling than waking up to super clean sets on a cool winter day. It's like waking up on Christmas morning. A very serene Christmas morning. The business suit is still damp from the session before and, for the love of God, you can never seem to find your left glove. It's like you're a kid gearing up to go play in the snow. I wish it snowed in CB...

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    I dunno, the older I get the more torn I am over the Summer vs Winter thing. I love the solitude of a Winter surf and the fact that I can take a dump in the dunes and bury it like a Sea Turtle mum buries her eggs and no one is there to witness it. But I also like the warm water on my skin and the I enjoy perving on all the young hotties and their bikini-tight a$$es when my wife aint lookin.
    I enjoy getting out of that cold water and eating a big bowl of venison chilli with a Stella Artois.
    But I also enjoy a fat slice of boardwalk pizza and watching tourists get attacked by green flies and sea gulls.
    I hate long, cold, gray flat spells.
    I hate long, hot, brown flat spells.
    I like looking at a closed amusement park on a cold morning and hearing the ghostly echoes of the laughter of the children that rode the rides in a Summer long past.
    I like the lights and sounds of all the rides on a hot Summer's night- and watching the tired, sun-burned parents empty their wallets.
    I grow nostalgic. Back to work