HOMEEDITORIALS The waves are TOO BIG for stand up paddle surfing. Now what?
The waves are TOO BIG for stand up paddle surfing. Now what?
By: Nate Burgoyne
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
It's a problem that inevitably comes and no one complains
about, a rocking swell that is too big for stand up paddle surfing. The truth of the matter is, when we are surf
deprived for too long, our muscles start twitching that nerve center in the
back of our brains that needs surf gets impatient. And, if we’re not careful,
we slip into a deep surf deprived depression that can only be relieved by a
macking clean swell and some clean lines.
Before it gets to the point that you refuse to shower until you get in the
water again, here are three things you can do to pacify yourself until the
conditions clean up and you can finally make your paddle out.
1) Get on the internet and suck as much stoke through your computer screen as you can. Read some articles, participate in your favorite stand up paddle forums, and absorb as many wave images as you can from photo galleries and video clips. This often leads to one of the greatest past times of all surfers, mind-surfing. While it is often written of as meaningless daydreaming, mind-surfing is one of the greatest sports on earth. Anyone can do it and it’ll make you a better surfer. Really.
2) Call a friend and talk about where you are going to surf when the swell finally cleans up. Before you know it, you’ll be talking about waves, boards, fins, wetsuits, and anything else related to stand up paddle surfing. This is a preferred strategy since you not only bail yourself out of a wave-dry depression but you’ll pull a friend out of the mire with you.
3) Scrape the old wax off your board and give it a fresh coat, shine up your paddle and put a new string on your leash plug. It’s like treating yourself to a new board. And yes, it will surf better with a fresh coat of wax and a little love, seriously! When it’s all done put it somewhere where you can admire it until it’s time to head back to the beach.
Surf that comes up must come down and the wind will back off eventually. Be patient, my friends. Keep smiling; and be glad that you’re waiting for a rocking storm to pass over instead of praying for something to show up on the forecast. Peace.