you know, i was thinking about this post-surf while struggling out of my wetsuit today. it's not the frigid air & water temps, or the shortened daylight hours, the crippling wind, or the ice & snow that make me rethink winter surfing every so often. it's dealing w/ the goddamn outfit required to surf in it! nothing sucks more after surfing for a few hours than trying to finagle a 7mil boot off your foot w/ numb hands, or get a 5mil claw off one hand while the other still shrouded in rubber, when all you want is to be warm again. or trying to get that first part of the suit off your shoulder so you can get your hands free again. i'm always half convinced that yes, THIS is the time i'm going to accidentally shred my suit.
but, as my wife says whenever i ***** about any of this to her, "i don't feel bad for you."
I couldn't agree more. When the waves are good it's a no brainer, you go. It's the times when the surf looks OK, and you just feel like getting wet. The risk/reward thought process never really involves the water/air temp, it always "Do I really feel like getting in and out of the wetsuit."
not a winter issue, but I was fixn to paddle out and I hid my key above the springs and then bumped into the car, heard the key fall to he ground? looked for 20 min, had chicks walking the bike path stop and ask 'what are you doing' as I am laying in the dirt feeling under the car, couldnt find it and I am covered in dirt and sweat and said forget this, I'm going to surf, car is locked I can call AAA whn I get out. I surfed for 2 hours and then got out and borrowed a cell phone to call the wife, wife called AAA and they came and rescued my stupidity, but at least I surfed. as a bonus, the guy whos cell phone I borrowed fed me beers till the tow truck got there.
now, the only problem is I can't get copies because the key is quirky and 2 different keymakers cant make a key that works for the door. I am flirting with disaster untill I can get some copies made
Also after I moved the car I couldnt find the key, I think the car ate the key
Here's a little trick that helps from locking myself out of my car. As with most newer gen cars the key and key fob are one unit with the remote unlocks and all, which have a battery inside which has always worried me about shorting out if I brought it out in the water. But I just unscrewed the key fob part and the key itself was just attached to it. Took it out of the housing, put it on a normal old key ring, and attached that key ring to the leash string on my board. when I velcro my leash to the string I just tuck the key into the velcro straps so it's not swinging all over the place when I'm out in the water. Been doin it for years now and haven't had any rust problems yet (knock on wood). Just some fruit for thought, I prefer it to using the key pockets/lanyards in most newer wetties. So if you've got an older key, or one where you can remove the little electrical bits, put it on you leash string and no more worries about getting locked out!
Only time I've locked myself out was when I was getting changed post session. I just got out of my wetsuit and threw it in my container into the trunk, and without thinking I closed the trunk. I walked around the car to the side door to grab my backpack with my jeans in it and realized the door was locked. And I had just closed the trunk with the key in there... Had to borrow someones phone and wait 45 mins for my locksmith buddy to come out with nothing on but a tshirt, a towel, and underarmor... My buddy finally showed up and used this airbag thing to pump the door open so we could reach the unlock switch. Needless to say it was awkward, especially when I had to ask to borrow someones phone lol. Luckily though I think it was late sept early oct so I didn't freeze to death. Good times!
I feel you guys. Had a humdinger just this morning: Took 45 minutes to dig out my car, pre-dawn. Scraped off my windshield last to reveal a HUGE crack. Decide to drive to the beach anyway. When I get there its like 2 ft and weak as hell. Decide to paddle out anyway, after all that effort. While I'm changing in my car, I stub the **** out of my toe. Had zero good rides. Fuggin winter.
Drove the hour to surf, very cold day, great session, then get back to car to change - completely forgot towels. Had nothing. No blankets, tarp, napkin, nothing. Had to drive the hour home in the 6/5/4. I'm still itchy.
yea, i've historically been bad w/ that. the hide-a-key was intended to remedy that, & it has (except for that one time). i've been super paranoid about it ever since i was like 12:
i was surfing w/ my dad down in cape may around thanksgiving. got out b/c i was cold...went up to the car to change, then back to the dunes all bundled up to watch while my dad kept surfing for another hour or so. he comes out of the water..."hoo, i'm chilly! you got the keys?" "uhhh..."
long story short, we had to find a pay phone, call home collect (this was like 1992), & wait for my mom & sister to drive down w/ the spare set of keys, about 45min. to an hour...my dad did not speak to me the entire time.
Tie wraps! Have had the hide a key failure like everybody else and now have a key tie wrapped to every car I own.