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    A little night-surfing never hurt anybody.. right?

    Thinking about night surfing around 8-10 Tuesday night. Waves should be 3-4ft+ SSE swell 9mph WSW winds. With High tide being around 9pm, I was wondering if it might be too dangerous to paddle out. Since I will probably be going by myself and I know sharks usually hunt at night. Any suggestions?

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    The moon will be waning. Full moon's tonight. The time of your local moonrise and when it's at its zenith have more to do with night surfing than the tide. It helps to be able to see and unlike the movies, switching on your high beams and pointing them at the ocean isn't gonna cut it. U'r better off just letting ur eyes adjust. NOAA has a website that will provide that info, I published the link in another thread last summer. Search for Bowditch Although, you won't see much anyway. I don't know how to explain it, but you use your ears and the motion of the waves to determine where the waves will break more than you use your eyes.

    Don't ever surf alone and know your limits are very smart and sensible words to live by.

    I'm an idiot and have the common sense of a left handed screwdriver.

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    I'm doing the same on Tuesday night. Will be high tide closer to midnight. The conditions are glassy with building height from 4-5ft on after 8. The pier is lit with floodlights plus the light of the full moon is a big help. Problem is there may be t-storms and clouds. I've surfed well after dark and in fog plenty of times. Surfed in pouring rain on Sunday AM and nailed the best ride of my life. The pier lighting should be adequate. Maybe I'll shot the pier if it's light enough!!!

    Sharks don't sleep and feed all the time but mostly feed at dusk and dawn. They also feed often in reefs as there is plenty of sea life there. Are there seals at your break or near it? That's the biggest indicator.

    Gaffer is right and you can use your other senses to determine wave breaking. I've fallen off the back of enough waves to know when it's given me the push I need to drop in. The only thing I'd say you want to minimize is being in the line of fire on your way out back and after rides. Every break is different and at different tides and conditions, but you may want to stick to catching them on the inside. A few metric tons of ocean water (or more) clocking you upside the head unknowingly is probably not the way you want to spend the sesh!!!
    Last edited by EmassSpicoli; Jul 23, 2013 at 07:09 AM.

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    hope we don't see you in the news wednesday morning.

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    Fish feed all night during bright full moons. The moon takes the dawn/dusk out of the equation.

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    You should always surf alone, and at night. Take some dead fish with you and toss it about 20 feet away, that way the sharks will go for that and not you!! Also, super glue glow sticks to your board so when you get shacked it lights up the room. Good luck and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroevol View Post
    You should always surf alone, and at night. Take some dead fish with you and toss it about 20 feet away, that way the sharks will go for that and not you!! Also, super glue glow sticks to your board so when you get shacked it lights up the room. Good luck and have fun!
    Agree 100% Besides the dead fish, I would say go to Seaworld, grab a few seals and bring them out into the lineup as well... Guaranteed to be a good sesh...

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    I really don't know anybody who got "hurt" night time full moon surfing - I've done it a bunch of times (I mean, there are SO MANY shark attacks in the midatlantic - like that's a real problem!) - so go out (with a buddy) and have a blast - and a "little bit" of anxiety out there is part of the fun - just stay within hollerin' distance of your buddy!

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    Done it a few times before, some of the best times of my life. Is it safe? NO, but then again, nothing is

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    malibu actually gets crowded at night. rincon too sometimes.