Surf calender

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by all4blues, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. all4blues

    all4blues Well-Known Member

    Dec 14, 2013
    Decided to try to keep track of the sessions this year just to do it. Meant to post a few weeks ago in case any one else was into the idea. It's not too late to start. Anybody successfully kept track for a full year before?
  2. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008

  3. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    No I stopped after like a week.

    I surfed a lot more then too.

    Wouldn't be too hard anymore LOL
  4. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    We've kept up with our surf sessions for a couple years now. I always thought we were a bit geeky for doing it but it has come in handy.

    The local Dept of Natural Resources prints up a yearly tide chart that we employ. Its a small book divided calendar style with days/weeks and months so its easy to keep up with your sessions.

    We mark the days surfed plus fill in other relevant details in the margins. Info like what break was surfed, Dawn patrol, double sessions, named storms, etc. Hell, my wife even includes dolphin sightings and rainbows!

    So yes, we are dorks; but being able to look back on previous years and to recall specific sessions is great.
  5. beerndwata

    beerndwata Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    where can I get my hands on a chart/book like that?!?!
    I realize the SC tides are gonna be a leeetle different but it'd make a convenient surf journal!

    I think about this subject all the time. it's amazing when I'm paddling back out and can't even remember what I just did on the last wave, or what it looked like. and yet I've got a few sessions on lock down in the memory bank.
  6. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I have journals from every surf trip I have taken over the years and it its cool to look back on. Great subject. I think World has the right idea. I'd like to know how you got the booklet too. I see where you can print off a tide chart but how about the booklet?

    I imagine if we live long enough to where we can't surf any longer (who wants to think about that...I know), it would be great to look back on a whole year in your surfing life. I remember reading an article in Surfer's Journal last year on some legendary guy (can't remember his name) who did it for decades.
  7. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I always made basic notes in my Week-At-A-Glance. But, that's limited esp when I'd look back at a sesh for info. I looked around for something more efficient, and convenient.

    So, I purchased this (below). It's pretty good, not only for the capacity to keep info in re your surf sessions but also the atlas & other info. Small enough to tote around in your carry-on if you're traveling. Less than $15.00 on AMZN. As worldb notes, it's fun to be able to go back & recall the info from all one's surf sessions.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2015
  8. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Site: www.tide
  9. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Sorry , tidelines. Tides for any area. May have to buy bulk. Haven't dealt with this company in awhile.
  10. Hawky

    Hawky Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2014

    Everything you need to record...

    You're welcome.
  11. World B Free

    World B Free Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    No problems dudes. We get ours at the local marina. They've always been free around here published by the DNR. Very convenient size, about 3 inches by 5 with tidal and lunar info for every day.

    When I was a kid my Dad used to pick up something similar at bait/tackle stores in NJ so I imagine they are available most places. Probably a couple bucks?

    As others have noted, this a great medium to store those fleeting memories of sessions past. We still dig out old books after a few too many beers/bhangs and the good times come flooding back.
  12. ioman2

    ioman2 Active Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    i started to write down every session since july 13th. i also record which board i rode in addition to whatever else i remembered to write down. after surfing in oceanside, ca this morning, i've logged 147 sessions. looking back on it as i write this, i used to be very descriptive and now not so much now.
  13. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    My friend's kid is turning 14 in a couple weeks, and he is starting to shred. He's already built 3 boards in the last two years. This wavelog stuff would be a great gift for any grom. I used to do a wave journal when I was 20. It was when I was starting to ride real good surf. I only kept it up for a few months, but looking back, it would have been really cool to chronicle the waves and the times for a longer duration. From a scientific point of view, for wave and weather patterns, from a social viewpoint, on growing up experiencing the surfing lifestyle, and how it has changed. Nice to have a snapshot of a given place in time, especially when enjoying the awesome sport/art/life of waveriding.
  14. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    I do this to a minimal extent. It's a carry-over from when I used running and workout logs
    Mostly it's to note that I went out, date/time, location, air & water temps, change to/from wetsuit, boots, etc., board change, and anything out of the ordinary. I use just a simple pocket calendar/planner I get each year from DAV.

    Logged 157 sessions the year before last and 167 sessions last year. But since mid-November, I haven't been out much at all due to out of town travel, the flu which I caught from my recent travels (planes and airports are loaded with sick people now), a near-blind Mom, and a Dad who broke his hip last week. Both in their mid-80s. But life happens. I'll get back to the water when I can.
  15. Wave Maven

    Wave Maven Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2012
    Keep a log in the Evernote app on my phone. Logged the last three years. Great to look back on during winter flat spells.
  16. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sorry about your Dad. Hang in there and keep the faith!
  17. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Thanks, SSDogg. Appreciate it.
  18. beerndwata

    beerndwata Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    much thanks World, DonQ, yank!

    these are great!
    ten more sessions a year is certainly an improvement! that right there is a perfect example of a stat that you just couldn't come up with, without a journal like this.
    prayers to the parents Dos. the ocean seems to reward selflessness of this regard.
    I hope your future journal entries reflect that!
  19. CDsurf

    CDsurf Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2014
    it was a good year for us on the east coast. a session per month!