How long do you stay out?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by mushdoc, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. JawnDoeski

    JawnDoeski Well-Known Member

    Aug 11, 2014
  2. Sandblasters

    Sandblasters Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2013
    if the waves are good 5 hours. if the waves are good but dropping 1-2. waves big but has potential 1+.

  3. Alvin

    Alvin Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    In winter I'm normally good for about 2 to 3 hours. Throughout the season and if I have time, I could go all day or at least multiple sessions. We older guys seem to last longer than the young bucks. After years and years of surfing we seem to learn to endure and be patient. Plus I'm big on paddling to stay in shape.
  4. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014
    I stay out for 12 hours if I can (with breaks)
  5. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Last Thursday, 1 hour, and that was without head gear, couldn't take the duck dives any longer. Head gear in mail and scheduled to be delivered Thursday!
  6. pkovo

    pkovo Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    +1 for me. As long as it's not super heavy, I'll push myself into exhaustion. I've become really good at no paddle take-offs, which is what I resort two when my arms are shot.

    If it's really big, particularly heavy, and/or drifty, I get out when my arms are fatigued. Don't want to cause trouble for myself or anyone else
  7. salt

    salt Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    dude, cut it out with 12 hours. how many days a year you think you are surfing in Delaware for 12 hours in one day (with
  8. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014
    How many days a year do I do that? probably like 1 day a year.

    I said if I can. Which means the surf has to be phenomenal and between tides the shorebreak is just as good.
  9. Losttsol

    Losttsol Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    If it's decent usually 2 hours winter, 3 hours summer. I never liked marathon sessions of 4+ hours, nor do I have the time anymore. I've always thought my mechanics break down after a certain point anyways and rest/eating/hydration does a world of good. I'd rather surf twice for two hours each at a higher level than once for 4 hours and be dragging ass for a good part of it.
  10. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I'd add this to my my original post in this heavier conditions I get out when I'm tired.
  11. mushdoc

    mushdoc Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    I keep forgetting that a lot of you guys are in some really frigid conditions. That would be one seriously limiting factor.
  12. dudeclimbing

    dudeclimbing Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    I usually surf warm water for the most part when I can. A couple of hrs then eat, a couple more after that till I start to get tired. Then I'll kick back a few and watch the real deal guys n gals tear it up, trying to pick up some pointers.
  13. fcp

    fcp Active Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    What he said, I always surf best for 1st 2-2.5 hours
  14. BennyBograil

    BennyBograil Member

    Dec 3, 2014
    I'll normally stay out for as long as my body allows me. Most of my friends won't drive with me to surf because I end up pulling marathon sessions. I always think about how there might come a day when I will no longer be able to surf and on that day I will be wishing I had spent more time in the ocean.

    Also, I am convinced that saying "one more wave" never works. You either jinx yourself and there is at least a 15 minute lull or you proceed to catch 10 more before getting out. Thats how it normally goes with me.
  15. fl.surfdog

    fl.surfdog Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    From sun up to sun down with a few hydration breaks and a little something to eat.
  16. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    This time of year, about an hour before it gets dark. Otherwise, on a weekend or when the days are longer, a good session at home is about 2.5 hours. If it's really going off, maybe another half hour or so. But I'm an old man.

    If I'm traveling I'll do that two or three times a day... and go home hurting.
  17. The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII

    The Incorrigible Steel Burrito VII Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    NH/ME: in a 6/5 with 7 boots and gloves I can stay in for a full day. My boots packed out a bit and I got 2 hours before they went numb a few weeks ago, but I got new boots and i did about 4 hours in 40/40 water/air temps.
  18. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Most my surfing is done during the week. At best, it's an hour before work, about 50 min at lunch, and 1 hour-plus after work. It can be a rush to squeeze in these type of sessions. I'm fortunate that my place of work is a Navy base right on the beach. During wintertime, the early sunsets reduce any after-work time in water significantly. Due to home and family stuff, I generally don't go out during the weekends.
  19. Braap

    Braap Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2014
    It depends on the weather for me. If its winter and the waves are pumping anywhere from 2-4 hours at one time. It normally doesn't get that cold here (50 ish water generally, and 20-45 air) so its not a burning cold. With 3mil boots and gloves it takes about 2 hours to get cold. But in the summer, I can stay in the water the entire damn day. Water and food a must, of course, but If its a long paddle, I'm staying out to save the energy.
  20. haole

    haole Member

    Nov 14, 2014
    I try to end the sesh on a good note. The problem is when I get that good ride I get all stoked and want another one and paddle back out...