Winter Kooks

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by stoneybaloney, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. stoneybaloney

    stoneybaloney Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
    I saw someone in a nice 5/4/3 yesterday just getting tossed around in the white wash. I was keeping my eye on them out of concern, but that was the first time I've seen someone that clueless in winter conditions. I believe in helping kooks, since I still am one (on some level), but I've never seen them come out in less-than-ideal conditions. Are people really dropping $450 on a wetsuit when they can't even paddle out? :confused:
     
  2. wbsurfer

    wbsurfer Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    it was probably gocowboys.
     

  3. Darealm

    Darealm Well-Known Member

    173
    Aug 17, 2007
    With Better Gear...

    With winter gear getting better each year, it is inevitable that even the most inexperienced are going give winter surfing a try. Yesterday was pretty big though, so you can't really say everyone that was floundering around is a kook...there were probably quite a few people that have been surfing for years that struggled to get out yesterday...But people need to know their limits and stay on the beach when the surf is beyond their skill level / endurance.

    Also, it is winter break for a lot of people so you can assume that many of those that live away from the beach are making the commute to surf, especially when waves are that good.
     
  4. Exit98

    Exit98 Well-Known Member

    553
    Aug 3, 2008
    Funny thing is, when it gets that cold and strong, people get skittish and weak. Was out the day after Thanksgiving... it was chest high and clean, and this guy literally took 20 mins to paddle out. But when he was out, he was a decent surfer. He blamed it on all the food he ate the day before.
     
  5. RobfromFredneck

    RobfromFredneck Well-Known Member

    139
    Feb 27, 2009
    You can get fully hooked up now for <$300 with some decent winter gear, so its actaully easier and smarter for a beginner/kook to invest in a wetsuit/hood/boots/gloves and borrow or rent a board for a few years than investing in a board at first without the proper wetsuit gear. As long as the waves are under stomach/chest high, its actually better for a kook (with a few friends to lifeguard them) to splash around and learn to catch waves in the offseason and winter, than being in the way during the selective few "good" summer days.

    I've been surfing for about 4 years and I'm still quite the beginner/kook status because I can only get out 5-10 times a year. Progress is qutie slow and frustrating (but there does seem to be some progress!). After 2 years of building my wetsuit inventory, I'm now fully suited up for 45 degree water temps. Yet, I'm still a kook in the water for sure (but at least I know some etiquette and respect...I just look like a bumbling fool in the water most of the time)!
     
  6. RobfromFredneck

    RobfromFredneck Well-Known Member

    139
    Feb 27, 2009

    Hah! that's a good point! My bet is probably a little to do with having a gut full of turkey and gravy combined with the cold water making it harder to paddle. I'm tenatively planning to surf on New Year's Day (so far appears to be waist high and clean..but subject to change). I'll have to lay low on the booze NY Eve, otherwise I'll end up looking like Jan Michael Vincent in the beginning scene of "Big Wednesday"...all hungover and floundering around in the water! I surfed once last summer hungover..man that was the worst surfing I ever had in a long time. I was really frustrated because it was one of the few surfable days on my whole week's vacation. Don't go to Secrets the night before, then try to pull off a dawn patrol on 3 hrs. sleep...very bad combo!
     
  7. MATT JOHNSON

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    I saw a guy out yesterday in OCNJ I watched him paddle out or attempted to He sat and watched and then paddle out while the set waves were coming in . I seen him finally get out catch one wave get worked on a close out and called it a day

    BTW I quit drinking. LOL
     
  8. tyrone

    tyrone Well-Known Member

    94
    Jan 15, 2008
    Whoa learn your verb tenses. My brain hurts from reading that. :confused: I agree learning to surf in the winter probably isn't a bad idea with less crowded conditions and more ride-able days. Hell, there isn't really anything more fun to do in the winter anyways.
     
  9. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    543
    Apr 29, 2009
    yesterday was pretty gnarly no matter who you were. They certainly weren't beginner waves. If you got the stamina/balls to charge it..go for it. Definitely caught my lumps out there yesterday..but when you caught that right A frame with a nice shoulder..ahh man..ecstacy! This morning was real fun too...and still pretty powerful.
     
  10. windswellsucks

    windswellsucks Well-Known Member

    520
    Oct 20, 2007
    the water was a bit warmer than last week (Right after the snow) so i didnt mind it too much, got some realll fun ones today. yesterday was pretty heavy so you had to be picky, today clean lines were everywhere
     
  11. Kevin21012

    Kevin21012 Member

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    Dec 28, 2009
    I was a winter kook yesterday. I needed a few shoulder high sets to remind me how out of shape I have gotten.
     
  12. Zop

    Zop Well-Known Member

    67
    Aug 2, 2009
    Where did you surf yesterday that was only shoulder high?
     
  13. Kevin21012

    Kevin21012 Member

    10
    Dec 28, 2009
    Indian River Inet - - If it was bigger that would just confirm that I'm a kook.
     
  14. MATT JOHNSON

    MATT JOHNSON Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    Yeah it was pretty heavy where ever you went yesterday.

    Looks like santa gave and the inexperienced surfers winter gear. There was alot of ppl out

    I was out for a about 1 &1/2 - 2 hours and I called it a day . I got my share of waves and lumps and 2 barrels so the lumps made it well worth it
     
  15. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    244
    Oct 3, 2008
    i been feelin a bit kooky of late, too. having more trouble getting used to the bigboy suit than i remember having last year. is it just me or did the water get cold faster than it did the last couple of years?

    and, kevin, if you were out late afternoon yesterday at nsiri, and you are who i think you are, you done okay.
     
  16. mexsurfer

    mexsurfer Well-Known Member

    662
    Jul 14, 2008
    i feel like a winter kook until i make my first good turn. then i feel good, and they were poretty powerful today... I went for a wave for fun just to get closed out in the barrel. and i hit the lip with my head, and totaly ate it, and when i came up, there was a SEAL 3 feet infront of my face, and the wetsuit got pulled back from my gloves and got icey water in both by gloves:( that sucked
     
  17. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Absolutely the best thing I could think to cure a hangover. Swim, surf, splash around in the ocean. Better than popping some pain killers and lying around in bed whining all day.

    Not trying to be arrogant but I'm well beyond the kook stage. I charged hard yesterday and went big.. you have to. Can't pull out (unless you KNOW it's a nasty closeout, no one will rip on you for that) That's what makes you look like a kook. Go or get out :p

    But getting caught in a rip or on the inside is bullsh!t regardless of who you are I hate it I get pissed off :mad:
     
  18. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    543
    Apr 29, 2009
    Wait a minute....aren't all spongy pee pee draggers kooks?
     
  19. ocripcurrent

    ocripcurrent Well-Known Member

    797
    Feb 27, 2008
    Huh Huh Huhh huh huhh huhuh clever clever man you got me so bad!
     
  20. LOSTsoul

    LOSTsoul Well-Known Member

    543
    Apr 29, 2009
    ha, i knew you'd like that one!