What's Your Next Surf Trip Going to Be?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by DawnPatrol321, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. kidde rocque

    kidde rocque Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    This is like a mirror image of why I decided to retire in the PNW. Every single reason.
     
  2. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

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    May 12, 2012
    That's very well said! Unless I could find the PERFECT setup, living abroad is a very exotic dream but generally a passing one. What keeps me up at night, and a dream that's very realistic (for us) is RV living . I'm not talking about a rinky dink RV but the real deal. Living wherever we want, for as long as we want, during which season we want. Setting up camp in British Columbia for a month, then on to Baja, Nova Scotia, OBX, Wyoming, Alaska and so on. I don't think it would ever get old but if it did it would take a l...o...n...g time. There's so many places I want to visit and really experience for more than just a 10 day vacation. Pairing down would probably be tough but a positive change I think. My wife and I don't have a huge extended family or any kids to keep us from doing it. Hopefully it becomes a reality for us sooner than later.
     

  3. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    That sounds like a lot of fun, i'd love to do it too but don't think my wife is game. But she agreed to relocate here so I'm happy and not going to push the envelope too far lol I work remote so I can be anywhere there is internet. Her job requires her to be in the office so that wouldn't work out for us unless she got another job working remote, which she isn't a big fan of.

    My advise to you is to write your goals down and talk about them every day and make sure every decision you make is a step in the right direction, even if it's just baby steps. They add up to one day pulling the trigger. Good luck!
     
  4. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    My friend, she "retired", bought an RV, and since she was a photographer by trade, she is now travelling around, shooting lighthouses and making lighthouse calendars and paying her expenses off that, and living her dream. Sounds like fun.
     
  5. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Yeah, that would not work for me, but if you can handle the enormous amount of work in doing so, then have at it and have fun. Two things: you are correct-children change that, and dramatically so; so do grandchildren! Secondly, doing trips for 10 days, as you mentioned, and permanently are two way different experiences. Especially in retirement age group-it all gets harder. And I share that with you from the position of my being healthy and in "good shape" according to all my surfing friends.
    Right now, we settled for NH. We bought a new seacoast home 2 years ago, and it is as if we are on vacation every day. My wife is extremely happy (how could she not be?? She married me!!), so life is good in the Cuda home. In need of a big surf session?? Call JetBlue when the computer tells me it is time to go. But that is getting sketchy now as my age related lung function decreases. I have to call in limits at 12-14 foot faces, I think. After all, I do want to see my 10 month old granddaughter graduate from High School and go on to college. Once that happens, I will pull the plug.
     
  6. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Posting good stuff >> Barry.

    (btw, buoys, I posted a WSJ article in the wrong treade....it's how folks make money as they move around the country in t heir RVs, pretty neat stuff.....meant to post it here, it's in the 'Where Have You Lived' treade...)
     
  7. Rayquan Sanders

    Rayquan Sanders Active Member

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    Jun 28, 2017
    WSJ hahahahahhhahaha, awww damn dog u rich too? Got a fountain and sheet? Some ancient statues of peeing children? Daaaaaaym no doubt cuz. A little weird but ay how else you rich folk can show the world how successful u is if not by giving out free advise and peeing naked children statues
     
  8. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

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    May 12, 2012
    I hear ya. I'm in an extremely fortunate situation at the moment by living oceanfront and by a good wave. I can sit on my couch and watch every set that comes in. It was a lifelong dream and one that actually became a reality. So, I won't easily give this up unless the situation is ideal. One sentence you said really hit home though...."it is as if we are on vacation everyday". I don't know if it's because the 4th crowd is filling in or what but sometimes that's a negative. I swear there are more cars here from Ohio than NC. Dealing with tourons as I get older is definitely becoming harder and harder. Hitting the open road just sounds so appealing at the moment.

    That's another reason why that lifestyle appeals to me so much. I do a lot of photography on the side, I would LOVE to do something like that. I've sold a few photographs lately and it's given me confidence that I actually could.

    I need to read that.
     
  9. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    there's dreaming and there is wishing. To me, wishing is dreaming without action. Dreaming is taking that wish and planning, and acting to implement it.
     
  10. BassMon2

    BassMon2 Well-Known Member

    Jan 27, 2015
    You're 100% right. It sounds odd, but you go down to OBX and complete strangers say hi and wave to you. That never happens in NY. You just get grilled. So that's bad thing about NY, yet that's home. And id take that over friendly hellos. Doesn't make sense, but its true.

    The plus side of LI is you literally have it all. The town i live in is the end of the line on one of the LIRR so i can catch 40 something minute express trains into the city. I could never live in the city. But being able to get there easily for shows or whatever is awesome. Drive out east and its more laid back, wine country. And where i am is right in the middle. Plus the beaches. Allot of people say it's boring here. I think there just boring people. So much to do and see and experience here. Can't think of any place in the world quite like this
     
  11. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    Well for me, I have no family. I have my mom in Florida and siblings all scattered throughout the country, but no kids or wife or any of that. And if the plan with my best friend works out, I will be able to maintain my home in Jersey, which I'll need for when I'm home working.

    My original plan as of 7 or 8 years ago, which seems really far fetched and unrealistic now, was to retire at 55 or around 55. And hopefully have some kind of funds or stocks. Even if it wasn't much, I would have sold my house at 55 and moved my family (which I won't be having now) to Oahu. And even if I couldn't retire completely, I would have gotten a job out there. That was what I had been aiming for when I was engaged and the plan was for us to have one child. Those plans fell apart when my fiance and I split 3.5 years ago and my plans to retire at 55 pretty much ended when I acquired my current in 2011. This is a job that I feel like I'll be fine working until I'm 70-75 if I can do it and still am able to keep it. The fact that it isn't year round, I feel like I can do it up to a very old age. Even though I do work as much as the average person per year, when going by hours worked.

    I do largely agree with what you're saying though. I'll have to see how it all works out. With how much my life has personally changed in the last handful of years, I could be out of this job in a few years and have to go back to working a normal 40 hour a week job year round, rather than a 70-80 hour a week job for 7-8 months out of the year. And if that happens, I wouldn't be able to even go to Oahu or anywhere else, outside of maybe a couple week per year vacation.
     
  12. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Well, not matter where you "are" now, I am sure we all hope things work out great for you. As you seem to do in your posts, continuous self-assessment as to finances and life-style are your best bet for a successful retirement.
    Have a great 4th!
     
  13. eatswell

    eatswell Well-Known Member

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    Jul 14, 2009
    Definitely!

    Happy 4th to you Barry and everyone else!
     
  14. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

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    May 12, 2012
    I just got back from my trip to Norway and it exceeded my expectations and I had high expectations going into it. I scored two really nice swells. The beach at Unstad is something you dream of. It's a little cove shaped beach and if you're facing the ocean to the right is a world class right point but it takes a decent swell to get working, the middle area is an average beach break but I saw some spitting tubes and to the left is a very consistent left point break that can get really good. The whole beach might be a little bit bigger than a football field so it's all condensed into one small area. It's now probably my favorite beach ever. The hiking was out of this world and we got a chance to see the northern lights. Norway goes down as my best trip ever!

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  15. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

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    May 12, 2012
  16. CarolinaCutback

    CarolinaCutback Well-Known Member

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    Jul 27, 2017
    Man... That's awesome. I don't know about surfing there with the booties, gloves, hood, etc., but the scenery is unreal... thanks for posting. I have to add Norway to my list of places to go... although based on the pics, I think I'll mountain bike instead.
     
  17. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Awesome trip dude! Thanks for sharing, jealous.
     
  18. NICAfiend

    NICAfiend Well-Known Member

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    May 12, 2012
    It definitely wasn't as cold as I had in my mind going into it. Biking is pretty big there so that would work. Those mountains and trails are no joke though. Most brutal hikes I've ever done.
     
  19. Wavestrom

    Wavestrom Well-Known Member

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    Jul 5, 2014
    that is so awesome.
     
  20. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Where are the bikinis?? You went to Norway and did not chase any blondes in bikinis??
    Oooookaaaayyyyyy........did you at least eat kippers??