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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Atom View Post
    Reasons why I believe people surf in cold weather.

    - no crowd
    - free and widely available parking
    - massive waves
    - stress release (that's year round)
    - good excuse to get some outdoor exercise
    - riding a wave makes you feel really good

    Maybe not so simple, but:

    - the feeling of accomplishment. When I get home from a morning session and it's 10F outside, I kinda feel like I did something most people wouldn't do. I like that feeling.
    This is probably my favorite quote of my whole 2 years on here so far!!! +10000000 for this guy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Atom View Post

    - the feeling of accomplishment. When I get home from a morning session and it's 10F outside, I kinda feel like I did something most people wouldn't do. I like that feeling.
    Maybe because they have common sense? just kidding.

    I'm sorry, but I don't the whole polar plunge thing, but hey to each their own

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    The reaction you get from people when talking about winter surfing is always the same. They tell you you're crazy. The looks you get from people walking by when you get out of the water is always priceless.

    If you ask me, they're the crazy ones. They're out strolling around in middle of winter. Who does that!!?? I'd rather walk around in circles in my living room than go for a walk when it's 10 degrees outside. That is straight-up misery.

    We all know the truth, and the truth is it's really not that bad. I haven't been cold once this winter. I've been a tad chilly, but never cold. Modern wetsuits are so unbelievably good. I've said this before...the hardest part about winter surfing is getting out of bed, seeing 2ft of snow outside, and deciding you're going to go surfing. Once that decision is made the rest is easy. That's why I generally decide the night before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Atom View Post
    The reaction you get from people when talking about winter surfing is always the same. They tell you you're crazy. The looks you get from people walking by when you get out of the water is always priceless.

    If you ask me, they're the crazy ones. They're out strolling around in middle of winter. Who does that!!?? I'd rather walk around in circles in my living room than go for a walk when it's 10 degrees outside. That is straight-up misery.

    We all know the truth, and the truth is it's really not that bad. I haven't been cold once this winter. I've been a tad chilly, but never cold. Modern wetsuits are so unbelievably good. I've said this before...the hardest part about winter surfing is getting out of bed, seeing 2ft of snow outside, and deciding you're going to go surfing. Once that decision is made the rest is easy. That's why I generally decide the night before
    I call b.s. on that. I've been shivering in a 5mm in early november after 45 minutes. Modern suits are good, but you still freeze your ass of in brutal northeast winter conditions. I've seen people coming out of a polar plunge saying "ehhh it's not that bad". LOL

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    A long time ago, when I was just learning how to surf, I realized that anyone who's serious about surfing in New Jersey surfs all year. That's just the way it is around here. I tell people you're never really "comfortable," but I think that surfing's one of those things were the better you are at it the more fun it becomes. At least that's the way it was for me. So if you want to have more fun, you have to improve, and that means surfing in the cold. And a lot of times that means freezing your stones off either getting into or out of your suit (or both) next to your car before or after work... forcing yourself into an ice cold wet wetsuit for a second session... getting on it at first light at the coldest hour of the coldest days of the year... doing a lot of things that aren't very much fun to get the chance to get a few good waves. And once you've done it long enough, it's just what you do, and you can't ever remember NOT doing it. The year I started surfing I surfed all that winter, and haven't ever missed a winter. I can't remember a winter I wasn't surfing. It would be weird not to.
    Last edited by LBCrew; Feb 26, 2014 at 09:57 PM.

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    MA, herd all that. Seems when I'm talking about surfing, every day there's 2 or 3 peeps that have the "WAIT...you're surfing...IN WINTER?!" shock and awe. Which isn't even my favorite. People in Mass regularly say to me "I didn't even know you could surf here." Right. Wave quality aside, in their mind, it's as if in SoCal, Hawaii, and Indo the laws of physics cease to exist and man can then ride a shaped platform in a semi-upright stance while dancing on the water. Bro, what you said about looking at people walking around in this polar gnar is exactly what I'm thinking when I'm pumping the Carver up rocky, Sandy hills with frozen bearings that make me feel like I'm on a leg press not a "hover board" as my genius nephew calls it, and I look at these pedestrians hating life wondering why their self-masochism. I'm honestly warmest this winter at the break in my 5/4 Drylock. Really. Because then I'm sweating from paddling through the winter waves that packed and left 10 days ago. So then I skate anaerobically until I pour sweat in 16 dry degrees. It's a clear, starry sky though bros and there's people that can't walk or don't have a meal to eat so I'm stoked for my cold, rocky pave that no one's taking me away from.

    LBCrew, right on bro. That was lyrical beauty. Acceptance of the process to the point where you live for that process, not so much the glorious outcome that still stokes you large but you love it all. Nail on head when you say it all becomes part of the being. You gotta start to like or at least strongly accept the laundry list of tasks and prerequisites to the few waves (sometimes none if you're still kookish like me) that you score in a day full of investment. I dig how you brought that into focus. I talk a lot about the implications of crap we do/put up with per wave. Makes me think of that song The Only Way I Know.

    Way to make a good thread better brahs.

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    Cold in a 5 mil in Nov??? I know you don't like the cold and that's cool, but you have a circulation problem if you're cold in a 5 mil in nov... I'm usually colder than most and I don't put a 5 mil on until January.

    I am colder wearing boardshorts in Aug than a 5 mil in Feb... It sucks getting undressed outside, but in the water I'm fine... Except for those 0 degree days with 25 knot offshores. That $hit is cold as hell.

    Quote Originally Posted by shark-hunter View Post
    I call b.s. on that. I've been shivering in a 5mm in early november after 45 minutes. Modern suits are good, but you still freeze your ass of in brutal northeast winter conditions. I've seen people coming out of a polar plunge saying "ehhh it's not that bad". LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Cold in a 5 mil in Nov??? I know you don't like the cold and that's cool, but you have a circulation problem if you're cold in a 5 mil in nov... I'm usually colder than most and I don't put a 5 mil on until January.

    I am colder wearing boardshorts in Aug than a 5 mil in Feb... It sucks getting undressed outside, but in the water I'm fine... Except for those 0 degree days with 25 knot offshores. That $hit is cold as hell.
    Yup. Pretty sure temp sensitivity is as subjective as the pain scale. I trunk it as much as possible when in SoCal, just because I can and I'm coming from these winters up here. Even in a 2mm topper, I'm still colder after an hour there in 60F than I am here in the 5/4 on January 3rd in single digit air with heavy winds.

    That polar plunge crap is a bigger gimmick than cross-fit. In mid-May I went in just trunks for 20+ minutes in 53F water and was mild hypo for an hour. Jumping in cold water, even real cold water, is a cinch if you're getting in and out within seconds then throwing a towel on. You want to show some BA ballz? Stay exposed for prolonged periods til those ballz are in your upper rib cage. Poseurs.

    What's up with you nutballs changing outside? I don't even do that when I go to Rhodey in the late fall. I just wear the wetty home on the 3hr drive half taken off with heat cranked. Ain't nowhere I want to get in and out of that rubber aside from the shower. I'll put up with a lot, especially for what I really want. But there's some sensations that really suck and no amount of Buddhist readings would allow me to thought label my way through stepping into a cold, damp wetty freezing outdoors when I don't necessarily have to do THAT to ride the 7s period wave I'm chasing that day.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by EmassSpicoli View Post
    What's up with you nutballs changing outside?
    The key reason to own a van, limo, box truck. Nothing sucks worse then trying to pull a drylock down around your ankles in a sedan, jeep, mini cooper when its cold outside.

    Emass, I would love to give you a good sniff after your 3hr drive in your Integra. I'm assuming you drive an integra because only Integra drivers are stoked like you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nynj View Post
    Cold in a 5 mil in Nov??? I know you don't like the cold and that's cool, but you have a circulation problem if you're cold in a 5 mil in nov... I'm usually colder than most and I don't put a 5 mil on until January.

    I am colder wearing boardshorts in Aug than a 5 mil in Feb... It sucks getting undressed outside, but in the water I'm fine... Except for those 0 degree days with 25 knot offshores. That $hit is cold as hell.
    Thank you. This is no bullsh!t...I have not shivered once this winter, and no, I'm not a bad a$$. I'm a completely normal dude who keeps the heat at 68-70 because it's comfortable. At this exact moment I'm wearing a v-neck sweater over my button down shirt. I like being warm. If I started shivering I'd be out of the water immediately.

    Changing into and out of your wetty outdoors is absolute lunacy. Not only do I change into and out of my wetty in my house, I also bring all my wetsuit items inside the night before surfing so when I put them on they're totally warm. Simple things to make winter surfing more comfortable.

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