How often do you need to surf?

Discussion in 'Global Surf Talk' started by sisurfdogg, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Do you need to surf every day to be happy? Every other day? Once or twice a week? Once a week? I am asking because lately we have been getting lots of waves, and I didn't surf yesterday due to work and family, but got it good the day before, and now I am kinda jonesing. Planning on hitting it during lunch. I guess the answer depends on where you live, or maybe where you live depends on how you answer.

    All I know is three months (this summer's flat spell) is way too long. I may need to find a second place to live June-August. Every damn year. Some years we can afford to travel a bit, but not this last one. I'm just glad it's breaking steady again. Do I have a problem?
  2. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    It would be nice to have options. Take it when you get. I think we would all surf everyday if we could.
    Don would go!
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

  3. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    So, is the question, how often do you need to surf or how often do you want to surf? lol I would love to surf everyday, but since we have to have jobs... I actually haven't surfed in about 3 weeks and I am jonesing!! And I have a new board just sitting there. UGH Looks like a little bump next week for us
  4. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    We'd all like to surf twice a day! How often do you need to surf to stay cool? To keep the mojo going? To have that pep in your step?
  5. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    Need or Want to surf as much as possible. I probably need 3-4 sessions a month for sanity and want 3-4 sessions a week to keep my stoke tank as full level. Living on the East Coast is really frustrating for one who desires quality surf on the reg. Especially after this last round where the conditions were horrible...milked a couple of good sessions but the tank's red light is on!!!
  6. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    even if you could, surfing every day is overkill. Not only does too much diminish the thrill, but one should let those paddling muscles rest and rebuild for a few days between sessions. Few days a week, max, imo.
  7. haolemc

    haolemc Active Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    too much of a good thing?

    it doesn't happen often (usually only during vacations) but the times when I can surf twice a day only make me wish I could do that everyday of my life. living in jersey, i'm not even talking about some amazing spot with consistent waves, but just a typical jersey beach break and yet the thrill of it doesn't diminish for me. I can only imagine kids living in Hawaii, costa rica or some other killer spot.

    i'd love to be able to surf enough that I got a little bored of it. what a problem to have.

    you know what pizza, sex, and surfing have in common? no matter how bad it is, it's still pretty good.
  8. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Classic! I may have some business cards printed up with that on them. I can just hand them out from time to time.
  9. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I have survived on 1-3 days per week for a long time but the addiction grows stronger as I progress and gain experience. I'm at the point now where I don't like going anymore than a few days between sessions. Definitely am more chill when I'm getting it regularly. About to make it a daily thing, any tips on not getting burnt out?


    Sep 17, 2013
    When I first had access to constant surf, I went full bore and over 6 months surfed like 150-200+? times, with many weekend multi session days. I had no responsibilities other than work, chic, and and surf

    now that I have chores and a kid, I surf like 2-4x a week, I prefer 4-5x a week, but if I dont get in at least once every other week, I turn from a loving magwi into a ravenous bitter gremlin

    DSUP, its all about quality
    you might start out surfing every day when there are waves everyday....but eventually you will pick the best days, you say you might surf every day, but its like, how many times do you want to paddle out in waist hi 'meh' when you know in 48 hours it will be overhead and pumping again?
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  11. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    from my experience of living in FL, year-round daily surfing isn't possible there, so you're good.

    We literally get shortboard-able waves about 360 days a year up here in norcal. Surfing every day is an east coast fantasy. It actually does get repetitive and boring when you do it every day...but it's really nice to have waves waiting for you when you're ready.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  12. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    I don't like to miss a swell and I usually don't. If I do miss I get a little cranky.
    The last run we had was really one big swell and I surfed almost every day in good waves for three weeks. The days I didn't go I wasn't cranked out because I had already surfed a ton. It was good to rest and get somethings done. Actually still surfed out a little but if a good swell showed tomorrow I would paddle out

    I guess i need to surf if there are waves to surf. If a swell doesn't come around I have other things to do.
    When it's flat for a while I'll find some little LB waves or some wind slop to ride. Does the trick.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015
  13. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    I'm usually sated with 2-4 times a week...and exhausted.

    The sad/funny thing is: oftentimes I pass up on decent surf because I'm already surfed out, then I beat myself up mentally all day long for passing up a good day of surf. "I can't believe I didn't go out, what the fvck was I thinking" lol.
  14. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I need a weekly session to maintain my sanity and to function properly. Being an hour away sometimes that doesn't happen. That's why when it does I gorge myself on waves until I can no longer move. If I'm lucky, when there's more daylight, I can squeeze in an afternoon postwork sesh.

    But my life is established to be able to drop everything when it's good. And sick time.
  15. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Part of me is hating on you right now waterbaby! jk

    Hard to imagine having decent waves consistently for many of us ECers. My stamina isn't what it used to be so after three days I pretty much have to let my body recover for a day. Would love to surf 4 to 5 days a week if possible. Definately a lot more chill in all aspects of life when waves are consistent.
  16. pinkstink

    pinkstink Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    The worst is when there's a short swell window and you can't make it because you have adult responsibilities like work or night classes. You go through every alternative in your mind and can't find a way to get waves. That's when the anxiety makes me feel like a rat in a cage.
  17. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    Yes! and I get snarky.
  18. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Nobody should. If you do, something else in your life is out of whack. There are a lot of other things in my life that give me peace... surfing is just one of them. And whether you choose to surf every day... choose not to surf every day... can or can't surf every day... doesn't make you any more or less "core" than the next guy.

    To get back to the original question... because there isn't waves every day here, and in fact it can be flat for weeks, at times... I don't jones for waves when it's flat. I really never have, honestly. What get's to me... and it really does get me truly anxious or depressed... is knowing there are waves and I can't go. I cope with it by telling myself, "there were waves before I was born, and there'll be waves after I'm dead. There will always be waves." It can be flat for weeks and I don't get bummed. But it's not a good feeling when I know it's good and I can't go.
  19. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Exactly, haha!!!

    Around these parts, we're usually waiting for the swell to die down (as opposed to picking up). Usually after a week or 2 of drizzly blown-out mutation, I'll get super-grumpy (O Barry). That's when the wifey will be like, "why don't you just go surfing" lol.

    But man, a good session is just as good as a good bong rip....maybe better. Just a daylong buzz, AAAAHHHHHH