Why I surf solo

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Moon dog, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. sisurfdogg

    sisurfdogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2013
    Surfing solo can be scary and also problematic regarding where to line up. I like it when there are two or three folks spread out. I don't mind a peak with five to eight surfers as long as the waves are consistent and long rides can be had, to keep the lineup happy and the rotation easy.

    It's those summer days with long lulls and lots of kooks that make it a chore, but if you have a good frame of mind, that can still be very entertaining. Just don't think you are going to go out there and catch set wave after set wave, be patient, and fun can be had in almost all crowds. If it's a full on zoo, yell "Party Wave, EVERYbody Go!" on the first wave of the set, every so often.
  2. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    Maybe they could not stand you babbling about Moire Patterns, over and over...?? <grin>

  3. headhigh

    headhigh Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    I have tried to explain this to my friends but they do not get it. They get butthurt when I don't want to paddle out next to them, or when I leave them changing in the parking lot and rush to paddle out. Then when three more dudes with longboards walk up they are like "WTF why are they all paddling right on top of us....". That shit gives me a headache.

    I have gotten to the point where I'll act like i'm going to paddle out with them until they are in the water, then I walk 100 yds up the beach and get in. I simply refuse to be that guy.
  4. metard

    metard Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2014
    a challenger emerges
  5. smitty517

    smitty517 Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    I prefer to make doodie solo
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  6. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Lol! Surfboard babble is some boring sheit...
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  7. AccessDenied

    AccessDenied Member

    Sep 2, 2015
    I see two sides of it.

    Some days I just want peace and quiet and will paddle out and not tell any of my friends I'm going. Bad day, stress at work, just need to clear my head, etc. These are the best for solo sessions. I go home a completely different person, even if I never caught a single wave. It's just being in the ocean; it's therapeutic.

    On the other hand... I'm probably the least skilled surfer of my group of friends...
    On those big over head days when the water is still in the 30s, it's nice to have a few guys out there "looking out" for you. I know they are more concerned about catching waves than where I am in the water, but it's just added peace of mind.

    Say what you will. But sometimes it's nice to have a couple other bodies out there confirming your decision to paddle out. Especially when you're in a remote location about an hour from any help otherwise...
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  8. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    I don't mind having a few others out there with me - particularly during the winter.
    I have more issues with surf fishermen setting up at the very spot you're already surfing or those clueless beach-goers wading/wallowing in the limited number of surf-only zones during the summer.
  9. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    Yeah it's difficult to find the take off location on an offshore reef that only the set waves break on, while solo. The only way I know is to find the impact zone, take a few on head and then paddle out just a little further and hope not to drift. I can also can get sketched at night solo.
  10. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    true, and i'm still a puss when it's foggy enough i can't see the shore. cane like waves that go 10ft+, also helpful if i saw someone in the distance or have a friend paddle out with
  11. beachbreak

    beachbreak Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I surf alone. Me my surfboard and the ocean.
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  12. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I've really enjoyed this winter/spring. With enough spots breaking, and mainly with lesser known spots breaking, its been possible to surf fun waves with just maybe 2-4 friends on probably 2 out of 3 sessions for the past few months. I really don't dig solo sessions for more than maybe 45 minutes. I don't mind surfing in a pack of 5-10 guys if we all know each other...that usually ratchets down any stupid behavior. I'm dreading this coming summer already....most of the good sandbars on Delmarva this winter will be ruined either by summer beach profiles or dredging, and a few other spots will be packed, leaving few options to just split a peak with 2 or 3 friends.
  13. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I surf alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    I surf alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    You know when I surf alone,
    I prefer to be by myself
    Every morning just before breakfast,
    I don't want no coffee or tea
    Just me and good buddy Wilbur J.
    That's all I ever need
    'Cause I surf alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    Yeah, you know when I surf alone,
    I prefer to be by myself
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  14. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    … The other night I laid sleeping,
    And I woke from a terrible dream
    So I caught up my pal Colin
    And his partner OC shredder
    And we surfed alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    Yeah, you know when I surf alone,
    I prefer to be by myself
  15. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    The other day I got invited to a party,
    But I stayed home instead
    Just me and my pal Colin
    And his brothers Shredder and Raven
    And we surfed alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    Yeah, you know when I surf alone,
    I prefer to be by myself
  16. JayD

    JayD Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    My whole family done give up on me,
    And it makes me feel oh so bad
    The only one who will hang out with me,
    Is my dear old step off lad
    And we surf alone, yeah,
    With nobody else
    Yeah, you know when I surf alone,
    I prefer to be by myself
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