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.
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!
People call every day and ask for the surf report. Or they ask “Where do you surf around here?” Its simple. The ocean! We suggest that if you are serious about surfing, learn the geography of the area. The islands block a great deal of east swell and we get zero north swell down here south of the cape. The off-shore wind at Horseneck beach is different from that of Off-shore in Newport. High tide will work great at one spot and flatten others. Sandbars shift as well. But one thing is for sure. There are not as many great surf days in the summer. So grab a large board or a fish and just go surfing!!!! Its what you make of it…. even if its tiny!!!