I guess I need to start posting crap on here.... Let's see, people love stories about death and destruction, so, does anyone have any good hold down stories? Longest you have been held down, where, did you come up? LOL
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Thread: See you on the bottom
Jun 8, 2010, 01:40 PM #1
See you on the bottom
Jun 8, 2010, 02:02 PM #2
I can't say I have any dramatic, near death hold down stories. But I can say that I tend to get beat up a little more on, say, head high days than on big DOH days. I think it has to do with the fact that on the biggest days, you're taking the precautions... making sure you get that extra deep breath... making sure you don't panic... etc. You make a conscious effort to prepare yourself for the big hits, and to avoid putting yourself into dangerous situations. But on the days where it's only in the head high range, you don't necessarily take those precautions... you don't think about any "consequences" so you're more likely to make mistakes.... like not timing your paddle out, not paying attention to currents, not looking for the sandy bottom on that inside closout section that could cost you your board... or a few stitches.
So the longest "hold down" I've ever had was only a few seconds, but with no air in your lungs, it still makes you come up gasping for air like it was your last breath on Earth.
I've had several hold downs where my throat muscles started to spasm, but never inhaled water (knock on wood). The worst scare I had was jumping off my board and not realizing how shallow it was beneath me. Some how I end up going in head first, slamming the crown of my head into the floor, and jarring my neck/head. I thought at first I'm dead, then I thought I'm paralyzed, then I thought one more wave!
Jun 8, 2010, 04:27 PM #4
Surfing the North East with the 30 yard paddles does not prepare you for some of the 300 yard paddles on the West Coast. I was surfing Ocean Beach in San Diego on a pretty big day. I was kind of getting worked a little with the paddling and then a big 4 wave set came through and I got caught on the inside. I was held under for quite a while, then when you get to the surface to take a breath, you get slammed again! It is a very weird feeling being held under that long, thinking, am I coming up or not. Then you come up and paddle back out! LOL
Holy Sh_t Stoney, yeah, that's prob a little worse than a long hold down!!!
On the East Coast, its more about not smacking the bottom hard, on the shallow sand bars.
But then again, in the winter, when your in top to bottom in rubber, a 5 second hold down seems like forever!
Jun 8, 2010, 04:41 PM #6Senior Member
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- Sep 2008
- Monmouth County
big ass day in cedars, in a nice barrel but eventually got swallowed up. came up to find a jetty 2 ft away and a few more waves coming right at me. first wave came and i swam down super deep, and gently was brushed up against the jetty by the current/breaking wave(mad mussels n crap). before the second wave came, i literally ran across the top of the jetty (higher tide, small jetty) and managed to make it under the second wave (significantly less impact than the first one)
made it to the beach EXHAUSTED, thanking god i didn't get my leash snagged on the jetty or get knocked out.
escaped w/ a few cuts on my feet, minor tears in wetsuit and small dings in board. by far scariest experience i've had surfing.
Jun 8, 2010, 06:20 PM #8
It's funny, as good as we think we are, (swimming, surfing, sponging, etc) Mother Nature always puts our asses right back in check and let's us know who is in charge! LOL
Jun 8, 2010, 06:21 PM #9
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- Jan 2009
- Hilton Head Island - OB, SD
Jun 8, 2010, 07:03 PM #10