People think its crazy! But its always summer in your wetsuit.Surfing in all weather conditions is only possible with a great wetsuit. A great wetsuit will cost more than a cheap one. However, a high end wetsuit is far more comfortable! Better stretch! Softer material! Easier to get on and off. And the best part is that the seams don’t leak.
Conditions change quickly in the mountains. Moisture content in the snow combined with outdoor air temps, really change how your board will perform. A TUNE UP will get your board moving! No more stopping on the flats. No more trouble on and off the lifts. Sharp edges also help get over the icy spots. Together wax and sharpen can bring your board back to new! Or better.
” Seriously?! You surf in the winter?” Surfers in the New Bedford Fall River area hear this all the time. Your from Dartmouth? Where do you surf? There are no waves. You guys are crazy. Not really. We have the proper gear! Just as you would have the proper gear to go sledding or snowboarding. Winter surfing is insane! The waves are much bigger in the winter. Winter storms are more intense. Thats why choosing a winter board is crucial! All surfboards do different things. Thick and wide boards work great in mushy summer conditions, but thinner, longer and more tuned up boards probably work better in the winter.
This photo was from Tuesday Jan 24th………….. A very secret spot!
First of all SUP stands for “Stand Up Paddle” and its kind of related to surfing…. um … kind of. Yet there isn’t much of a bond between surfers and sup-ers. We can get to that later. But, why not just kayak? Heres the deal: A sup board glides in the water better than a kayak.
The sup user can change his/her posture at any time, depending on wind, current, or fatigue. They can kneel, sit, lay, or stand. They can also see further because they are standing.
Possibly noting hazards or maybe the best entrance or exit to a particular water way.
Yup. And we already know, this isn’t Hawaii. But an educated surfer or weather guy knows that wind is what makes waves. Fetch is needed to create swell. (Fetch is the distance wind blows across water) Even the great lake produce fun surf. Short lived? Yes. And generally speaking so are east cost waves. However, if you know when to look, the chances are good that you can surf some fun waves. If you just turn up to the beach on a hot summer day, you won’t see a ripple. Some people may visit a beach once a year and score waves every time. Thats NOT the beach. That is a coincidence. OCean storms generally produce the best waves, but powerful Nor-asters do the trick as well. Why is the pacific so good? Because its huge. Hawaii sits in the middle and can get swell from all angles. Long period swells that travel fro far away storms. Some times thousands of miles. The allows for the swell to get organized into sets. The east coast can only receive NE E S SE swell Sounds like a lot. But if your in Rhode Island you only get S and some SE. North of Cape Cod only gets swell from the NE and the E directions. Wind and tide will play a huge factor at your favorite spot. All swells are effected by local conditions. Ideal conditions are a long period swell with local off shore wind. Now there is board selection. You can’t play a full round of golf with just one club. Surfing is similar. Small mushy waves are best ridden on a long board or a fishy style (wide,thick) short board. Waves with shape and power can be ridden with performance boards. These performance boards generate speed and turn on a dime. Most people learn on longer boards until the y figure it out. Your local shop should be able to help you out!
For our immediate surf area, the best buoy for swell read ins is the block island buoy. It will show wave height and swell height. It will also show duration or distance between swell. This is calculated by the buoy giving an average of its up and down movements over a 20 minute period. The longer the interval (seconds) the further the waves traveled and the better chance they have to become organized as swell. A reading of 6′ @ 6 seconds is just chop. Not pleasant in a small boat. But 2 ‘ at 14 seconds may be nearly head high at the beach and quite fine in a boat. When a swell hits a beach, it nearly doubles in size. Of course with long period swells (lets say 10 seconds or greater) Some variation of offshore wind would be ideal. That way the swell can arrive without “chop” on it. Creating a smooth wave face for surfers. Under water contour will also effect the shape and quality of a swell. A deep to shallow spot such as an outer reef or rock outcropping will create a possible fast breaking, steep, and hollow wave. Some times sand bars near deep water will do this also. Point breaks where a piece of land jets out into the deep usually create a ruler edge peeling wave that is easier to manage and with a channel or deep paddle zone near by.
When it turns solid?
So do the changes of our lives. We get a bit older, And we hope wiser. Can we apply this past season to our next ad benefit in a positive manner? We can hope. And we can hop for a change in the wave patterns of the Atlantic.
Getting up super early to beet the wind and crowd as well as surf before work, can be the most difficult kind of discipline!