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    Surfing Slump

    Anyone ever get into an occasional slump in their surfing? I mean, you hear about batting slumps in baseball.
    For the past couple weeks it seems that I'm just not doing much of anything right out there: catching waves, popping up, paddling out through the surf. I've only been surfing for a year now, but sometimes I feel like I've never surfed at all. Finding myself getting frustrated a lot more lately. Could be a number of factors: downsizing to smaller board, getting used to different surf conditions, squeezing in rushed sessions to fit my work schedule, etc. I've been getting out at least 4X/week. Some days I've been able to put in two or three 1 hour sessions in a day. Perhaps I need to take a little time off. We have a flat spell that started yesterday and lasts through Monday. Maybe I'll give it a rest till then.

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    Carv....er. Carv...er. Carv..er. Carv.er. Carver.

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    Dude I feel you completely. I've been surfing for about a year as well, and not to sound conceded i have been killing it. I've been riding a 6'2 corkscrew for a while now n just rippin it up. i'm el salvadorian, n i got to stay over there for two weeks with a buddy of mine in august, ect and there are days when i'm like on top of the world stoked, but man, dude some days its just like fvckkkk i feel like the biggest kook. its usually days where i'm like either physically dead tired / mentally drained, or the line up is butts to nuts crowded and its like an agro bro first come first serve bs, and i literally just blow it every time i try taking off and nothing feels right and i start to think, i should swim more, stop smoking cigs, eat better, quit my morning job n free up more time. Anyway, luckily i got a ton of really positive dudes that i surf with and it always helps to put it in perspective - even if you are being the biggest kook, paddling out is a million times better than doing pretty much anything else, and even if you have a **** day today, tmrw you might catch that wave that will make you believe in god. (I'm atheist, so i guess i'm still waiting for that wave hahahahah)

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    I think everyone has days like that. Ive been surfing a long time and I still have days where Im just on it and other days it seems like I cant surf or catch a wave to save my life. Dont sweat it. Idk why that is but it just seems that way. Surfing as in life, some times you have bad days, some times you have good days, occasionally you have great days. Maybe if I lived in a more consistent wave zone with better surf and could surf everyday I would be more consistent with my surfing but..... I still have a good time either way. Leave expectations out of your surfing. Just surf.

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    switch up your board once in a while, I find my surfing gets stagnet riding the same thing everyday. pull out the log or fish. or single fin to get a different ride, helps with progression and the stoke.

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    Having trouble with the SB ... pull out the LB and have some fun. Remember ... the best surfer in the line up is the one having the most fun!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisurfr View Post
    ... the best surfer in the line up is the one having the most fun!!!
    yep, couldn't agree more...I know I can rip a wave (what I perceive for my ability) and look like an idiot the next...Have sessions like that too.

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    Actually when you get in a slump it's a good sign. It means you are aboot to progress to a new level. Everytime that happens, in a week or two you'll have a breakout performance.

    And no, the best surfer isn't the one having the most fun. Surfing's not aboot fun. It's aboot territory, performance and being cool. Wearing the right shorts, T-shirt, shoes, sunglasses, hat and fanny pack is much more important than having fun.

    Fun.Ha.....who has "fun?" Fun......Americans always want to have a good time, and they expect it. Russians don't have fun, and you don't see them all bent aboot it.

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    Not yet. I have been surfing for 2 years, but I am not 58. I think it is awesome you are out there learning at that age. It makes me think that I could get my dad on a board, as he is 62. Are you sure you have the right board for your size and level of surfing. I ride a 6'8" with ease after learning on a 7'4". As a beginner, having the correct amount of volume for your size is very important. Just stick with it. You will get out of that slump.

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    Thanks, but Dos don't skate. Gave up skateboards when I was 14.
    Prefer landing in water than on asphalt, concrete, or cactus.

    I think what will help, as it has in the past, is to ask one of the experienced regulars I know to watch and critique what I'm doing. Practicing the wrong thing over and over again without any feedback only reinforces the problem, creating and ingraining bad habits. This can easy happen if one surfs alone most of the time.
    Actually, during this "slump" and transition to the new board, I've had a couple of my best rides. It's just been very inconsistent.