Your rituals, good/bad habits

Discussion in 'Mid Atlantic' started by super fish, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. super fish

    super fish Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    Post your rituals and good/bad habits..

    My bad habit is not stretching before hand...I usually feel putting on the suit and a little jog to the waters edge is good enough. I don't really have any rituals before I go out besides check all the beaches extensively before I go out.
  2. ocsurf21

    ocsurf21 Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2012
    drink alot of liquids, eat something light, stretch, pack a fat bowl (if waves are bad)

  3. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    my ritual is always blasting music while im driving down to the beach and my bad habit is probably overfrothing. This means i always paddle way too hard and fast to get out into the lineup when i first get there. i'm sorry haha, i'm just stoked!!
  4. JERSEYboarder

    JERSEYboarder Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    im gonna say my bad habit would be being sooo stoked on any waves that i paddle out at the first place i check..given that i dont drive and rely on my bike (15 yo) but still
  5. H2O'C

    H2O'C Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    I couldn't say it better.
  6. wontonwonton

    wontonwonton Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    Surfing to the point of being on the disabled list for work/school/life the day after or after the session. 10 hr sessions can put ya behind a bit but its a good thing.
  7. Gfootr

    Gfootr Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Clif builder bar washed down with coconut water. Swell conditions and what I'm going to ride drives the tunes.
  8. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Bad habits... like the OP said, not stretching and telling myself getting into my suit and jogging down the beach is good enough. Also... tripping over my leash on that same jog, not waiting to take a good crap before a pre-dawn sesh, and coming home later than I promised.

    Rituals... Gfootr said it best... swell and board choice determine the tunes. Also... coffee, sunscreen, and usually a banana or granola bar and bottle of water.
  9. marknel83

    marknel83 Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    My only ritual is stretching. Longer stretches the bigger the waves are.
  10. RobG

    RobG Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2010
    I usually get a little stretching in on the beach before I head out. Watch the lineup a little, figure out whos ripping out there and the best spot for me to sit.

    My bad habit is always wondering if its better at another spot. When its crowded during the summer/fall I spend way to much time spot checking trying to find an empty peak. Sometimes I drive around for like an hour and end up back at the first spot I checked. Lately I've been working on that and just checking my number one spot and nowhere else.
  11. leethestud

    leethestud Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Wait around on friends. Have a yeungling. Call friends. Have another yuengling. Realize that I have no friends. Have another yuengling. Close one eye, drive to beach alone, find shower, cry. Yeap, that's virginia beach surfing in a nutshell.
  12. mOtion732

    mOtion732 Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    sleeping like absolute **** knowing pumping surf will be waiting in the morning. not eating a good breakfast before morning sessions.

    right leg, right arm, right boot, right glove all go on before the left
  13. Earl of Funk/Duke of Cool

    Earl of Funk/Duke of Cool Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Never, and I mean NEVER go in the water until I have taken a HORRIFIC DUMP! Pipe cleansing.
    Bad habit: Jack Daniels and eating greasy foods (Pizza, etc) after 10 pm the night before a DP.
  14. brek

    brek Well-Known Member

    Jun 17, 2008
    Bad habit: staying up too late every night when I'm not surfing, thus needing the aid of alcohol when I need to get to bed at a reasonable hour for morning sessions.

    My routine is... drink a muscle milk (protein drink) an hour before I surf. When I get to the spot, I'll take about 10 minutes to stretch, drink a red bull, eat an energy bar, and snap a couple pics.
  15. Bronze Whaler

    Bronze Whaler Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2009
    I like to throw on a favorite video from the collection and watch some of that while I have coffee and breakfast and get my gear all ready to go & I heartily agree that you must drop a deuce before leaving the house or you'll be cramping in the lineup.

    Getting older & need to start stretching before I get hurt (again)- I'd say my worst habit it staying out there too long and being late for stuff, not getting good rest or oversleeping has been a problem in the past.

    If I could give my past self some advice I'd have worn earplugs and a hood during the colder months at least and re-applied sunscreen.
  16. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Not to dwell on the grotesque... but you might appreciate this: Last fall I surfed with a guy one pre-dawn morning at a spot that's hard to access (and even harder to surf) and he failed to take care of business before we left. He actually got out, went up into the dunes, took off his 5 mil, and released the hounds before re-suiting up and paddling back out.

    When he pulled up next to me in the lineup he says, "THAT was a GOOD one!"

    I'm like, "Dude, no offense, but I don't need to hear about your latest, greatest dump."

    He says... "No, man... I mean your last wave!

    We both laughed. Was he really watching me surf while taking a dump? That's just wrong on so many levels.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  17. fish66

    fish66 Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    My ritual is listening to music on the way to my favorite spot, my bad habits are just being to stoked to take the time to strech or even really look at the conditions, plus i have really long sessions 10+ hours sometimes so i usually sleep through school but its totally worth it
  18. zrich

    zrich Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    rituals: pack my gear, grab a bagel and a gatorade and eat/drink on the way, stretch for about 10 minutes while watching the lineup, paddle out.

    bad habits: not checking other spots, skipping/speeding up the stretching routine when I'm pressed for time, eating like crap and/or drinking heavily the night before,
  19. hinmo24t

    hinmo24t Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2012
  20. Uncle Irish

    Uncle Irish Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    Sounds like my cousin. He drove down to NJ from LI for the swell right after Christmas, 2009. While checking the surf, he announced his predicament, pulls a roll of TP out of his bag and proceeds to the dunes. I was floored. Even better, was the lady walking her dog getting an eyeful. I was disgusted and in awe at the same time.