Surfing During A Thunderstorm

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Kanman, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Kanman

    Kanman Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2014
    Would you do it?
    Have you done it?
    It's definitely not the smartest decision I've ever made but today was stomach to chest high with clean lines. A bolt struck no more than 250 yards from me, so close that I felt vibrations in the water and my life flash before me. There was a pack of at lease 15+ so I'm assuming everyone felt safe in numbers but after that one everyone called it in for a bit. Gnarles Barkley.
  2. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    totally safe and intelligent

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
  4. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    the sharks will enjoy your don't actually think those other desperate kooks are going to save you after you get struck by lightning?
  5. sharknado

    sharknado Active Member

    Jul 16, 2013
    This. I took a bolt of lightning strike 20 ft over my head on land. I lost my memory for 3 hrs and spent 12 hrs in the emergency room answering questions ('so when do my super powers kick in?'). Your brain and body runs on small amounts of electricity. Voltage from lightning is a function of proximity to the strike. Lightning will fry your body electronics. I was told that I my being alive today is the difference between .01 and .001 volts. If you want to take that chance, go for it. Darwin at work.
  6. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    I don't, not on purpose. I have however been out when lightening has begun to strike but I'll call it then.

    A few weeks ago I paddled out, out was rainy. Got one wave and realize everyone turned for shore and got out. I'm sitting there wondering why. Apparently lightening, I didn't even notice.

    Every see those sweet tats that get left on people after a lightening strike
  7. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    So, inquiring minds want to know, what have some of your other un-smart decisions been thus far in your life?

    Seriously, though, even electricians don't fully understand why electricity takes the path it does. 110 can kill you - - and you're floating around in water with a couple hundred thousand volts perforating the atmosphere nearby....?

    All the other posts are spot-on: take heed & maybe you get to surf til you're an old dood.
  8. Mr.Belmar

    Mr.Belmar Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I would ask gruvi, he knows about surfing in the rain... Actually there is a whole thread on it somewhere...

    You really gotta watch cause if the waves are bigger it's easy to not hear thunder or mistake it for waves crashing... And rubber will not save you
  9. The Lonesome Tractor

    The Lonesome Tractor Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    If you do, you better be wearing your Kingii.
  10. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I have, with no ill effects.
  11. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Talk about getting dropped in on.


    It's in slo-mo BTW.
  12. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    I have with no ill effects.
  13. Towelie

    Towelie Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Don't forget to bring a towel!
  14. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    I encourage all surfers in my beach community to surf during electrical storms.
  15. bubs

    bubs Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Haaha. ^

    Did it when I was a kid. Never again.

    Look up footage of lightning striking water if you ever need a reminder.
  16. nynj

    nynj Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2012
    That's crazy...

    But you being alive is probably due to the difference between .01 and .001 amps, not volts.
  17. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

  18. Scobeyville

    Scobeyville Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    Was surfing blacks last year with a few friends visiting from NJ.

    Storm rolled in quick and we heard a few cracks, but didn't leave. Then a big bolt blasted a palm over near LJ shores and lit that puppy on fire. Me, my friends and the other 100 guys all turned and paddled in.
    Pretty scary stuff
  19. Banned for being awesome

    Banned for being awesome Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2012
    I don't even get in the shower during a thunderstorm. Unless, yes, with my Kingii
  20. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    It's a risk/reward thing... risk your life/get a few more waves (added to the 50,000 or so you'll get over the span of your surfing lifetime... if you live through your "electric" session). For me, not worth the risk.

    I take precautions and have nearly been struck a few times... once while running from the beach, board under my arm, in the pounding rain. Lighting was cracking all around, then suddenly one hit a tree and a car parked underneath of it about 30 yards ahead of us. Good thing I'm not a faster runner! I learned then not to wait for the storm to be on top of me before I get out of the water. The sound of thunder can be heard from about 10 miles away. That's good enough for me to call it quits.