Need a surf buddy

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I have been able to get out in the water, during the golden quiet time that is otherwise known as just after 9am on a weekday, nearly every day for the past few weeks. It has been absolute bliss. It took me a while over a year to be precise to get comfortable getting here though. Before the break up see my first post , my buddy was my surfing-since-grommit-and-ridiculously-athletic-ex who, for his sins, introduced me to my addiction. His eagle eye and natural over protective instinct made me feel safe in the water, no matter how large the waves got, how rippy the ocean was, or how biting the wind became.

Obviously, since the demise of our relationship, I have lost what I realised was a huge physical and mental safety net for me. At first, I leaned heavily on my surfing friends, who I would try to persuade, corral, and outright coerce into going for a paddle with me every chance possible. I even ed a meetup group. I told myself, just take one step, if you freak out, you can always just paddle in. I have not looked back. It was as simple as that. However, when my choice is between surfing alone or not surfing, surfing within life-preserving reason wins.

Some useful safety tips that I have read and gleaned from much more experienced surfers about surfing sans buddy are:. What bait fish look like in the water surf near the lifesaving flags if any so you will hear any shark alarms if you see a dark shadow, or a stomach churning fin, paddle calmly away. The above also assumes that you have taken all the other usual safety precautions i.

Thanks for stopping by! Great tips, especially about bright clothes and boards. My non-surfing buddies always could find me by my bright blue board. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. A surfer, in the ocean. Some useful safety tips that I have read and gleaned from much more experienced surfers about surfing sans buddy are: Tell someone where you are going to surf and when they can expect you to come back. Try to pick a spot where there are at least one or two other surfers or within view of lifeguards.

Be vigilant. Constantly assess the conditions as they can quickly change. Have a point of reference on land and check it regularly as the currents can easily carry you hundreds of metres away from where you started and where your car may be parked! Know how to handle yourself in the water. There will be instances where your leg rope may break, or your board will snap.

You need to be able to swim back to shore. If your swimming abilities are dubious, take swim correction classes or practice at your local pool on non-surf days. If your board breaks, use what you can as a flotation device. Wear bright colours, rock a bright board. Know your limits. This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you can only surf whitewash, stay there. Always keep some gas in the tank in case of a big wipe-out. Avoid sharks.

This means: if you see schools of bait fish around, paddle away! They are like babe magnets…. Safe surfing guys! post Why am I still surfing? Next post The Cowabunga look. Your thoughts? Cancel reply.

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