Saturday, January 22, 2011
I truly feel this song is now one of my new favorites.. My favorite line when I looked up the Lyrics was this :
Oh momma, I wanna go surfin'
Oh momma, I don't care about nothing
Oh momma, I wanna go surfin'
Oh momma, I don't care about nothing
However.. I hear they are really saying (Obama I want to go surfin).. since there is a line that says this:
Wake up, there's a new kid in the town
Honey, he's moving into the big house
Remember when I was so very hopeless
Darling, he's gonna make it all better
I would think that would make more sense.. Except for I don't understand why they are telling Obama they want to go surfing?
ANY WAY! I like the beat and I like the song.. so I have it playing in my head a lot lately.
Well I didn't get to surf both of my days off this week. When other adult type responsibilities came up, to prevent me from surfing on Thursday.. I seriously almost started to cry.. ha! But I am an adult, Mom, Wife, Grandma,and have a job and other responsibilities.. even though Surfing usually makes me forget that.. and makes me feel like I am only a surfer.
One of my adult type responsibilities is cleaning my house.(unfortunately I am also the maid) While doing this I was trying to dust an air duct in my house, and since the step ladder I had was not tall enough, I decided to grab a bar stool from my breakfast bar area. I figurE.. hey I can balance on a surfboard..I can balance on this.. WRONG!!! So after I finished cleaning the air duct,(I at least got to finish the task at hand.) Me and the bar stool went crashing down. I have bruises all over my right side of my body and a bump on my head. You would tnik if I said, I fell off a bar stool, alcohol would be involved.. Or I got these bruises from surfing. But, NOT!
Any how.. since nothing was broken that I am aware of.. I decided I was still surfing the next day. Friday.. I just took Advil after the fall, Advil before I went to sleep that night and Advil the next morning before my Surf Sesh.
Got up at around 5:45 AM packed and left for the beach at 6:30sh. Was in the water just before 8 AM.. Tide was a tad high..but surf was not so bad.
I did not have a lot of stamina, I was sore and tired. (OH Yeah. I got to babysit my Grandson the night before. Even though I was tired and sore from cleaning all day, I cannot pass up an opportunity to spend time with that precious little man! I would have to seriously be on my deathbed to say no to that!) I had the hardest time just paddling out. It took all my energy. YES I was in pain too.
Regardless, I caught 2 decent waves in the hour and a half I was out there. FINALLY my husband(who does not surf) was able to see me ride a wave. He is always making fun of me, but yet is still supportive. I can't wait to get him out there so he can see it is not so easy.
I do want to point out, the first wave I finally caught, because even though I only caught two, I went after about 10.. HAHA. I believe I may have cut a guy off.
I think it was his wave, he was on the left of me and the wave was breaking right. But I went after it, and when I caught it I noticed he did too. I AM SO SORRY! I am still learning who has the right of way, I am not a vengeful mean surfer by any means. But he let me have the wave, he was very nice. I think he knew it was my first wave. I wanted to say something to him, like sorry and Thank You. But since at that time I was one of 3 females in the water, I have no idea which surfer he was. I do have to say the guys at our break are usually very chivalrous to us Wahine's. THANK GOODNESS.
There have been a few A-holes..but they are few and far between.
Seems like the waves were getting bigger and stronger as I was getting out. I really wish I felt better, I think I definitely would have caught a few more. But I just couldn't do it.
It is funny what Surfing has done to me... especially now that I can actually surf. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to get out there 3 times in one week. Sometimes I get out only once a month. Which is NO Bueno!
So that is why I posted this song too... I am at work today while all my friends are out playing in the waves.. and ALL I WANT TO DO .. Is "GO SURFIN"
Monday, January 17, 2011
Home Break.. this pix was taken last summer...Not as crowded here as it was this weekend!(No pictures from Sunday)
Surfing Sunday... different...and amazing.
I am still on my surf stoke from this weekend. I hope it gets me through the week. I have 2 days at the end of the week off. I hope I can get out there and do some of this again. We shall see?
AWWWW Sunday, was one of the best surf days for my surfing ability. I think I have moved up a few notches.
I was so happy about Saturday. I said I was definitely going to do this again tomorrow and I did...but I did it even better.
I got up early, with my Hubs and the Diva.(13 year old this time) We drove out to Newport. He went to work on the boat, and the Diva had a babysitting gig.(Seriously do not know why we live so far away? Our lives revolve around this town) Any way, Tide was high. So I had to wait to see who was doing what and when. The WK surf girl network is the best most reliable surf resource there is. HA!
Drove to home break to check it out.. ALREADY CROWDED.. Of course...what's new?.. it always is. Drove around three times just to get a parking spot. Surf really didn't look that bad. Not as good as Saturday but totally doable..and crowded. Hate the crowds.. I think it may have been even more crowded than Saturday, and Saturday was better surf. Any way... Got together with 2 my friends a fellow WK and her boyfriend. Decided Just north, maybe south side of pier was less crowded and breaking pretty good. North side of Pier better waves, South side less crowds. Still waves, longer lulls, softer waves.. Guess what we chose??.. LESS CROWDS. Actually when we got out there, only one other person was where we were.
Ran into two other friends in the parking lot,came in because other break just wasn't working.
Told them we would be by the pier North or South(at that time no exact location was decided) they said OK they would meet us in the water.
Put my 4/3 on was debating on the 3/2 but it still was cold, put more quarters in the meter, grabbed my board and made the trek to the other end of the Beach by the pier. At this time the less crowd decision was made.
Paddled out, easy paddle. Was worried the action stopped. Seem like nothing was coming in at first.
Then a set came in..I learned these waves you had to work for.. you needed to PADDLE..They were soft and some just didn't even break.
I thought well I may not be catching anything here today. Waves are too slow no power and hard to catch.
But I kept trying and persistence paid off.. I figured it out. I actually figured out how to catch the "hard to catch" waves. I know there is a name for these..but not quite sure what you call them??
I studied the waves.. watched where they were breaking (the outside ones, some broke on the inside.) Positioned myself, and then when the swell came up I paddled like no ones business, even while on the wave, had to paddle harder to keep it.. Caught the wave, and boom popped up. I POPPED UP!!!.. like no problem, like a natural! I yelled at my friend as I was standing and cruising along, for what seemed like a good long time. She waved and clapped and we exchanged Shaka's.
I have never popped up like that with no problem before.. I thought alright that was fun. Must've been a fluke..
Next wave... paddle paddle, No wave, not my fault.. just petered out...
Now in between these sets, were longer waits..but that was fine with me. It was still nice. Gave me time to think about what I was doing. Plus no crowds,and that is what made paddling out so easy too.. although 2 SUP guys joined us and a few more surfers. Maybe 3 or five, but we all still had plenty of space. Not like on the North side.
So another set comes in.. I paddle paddle paddle ..and pop up.. AGAIN!!! I was what?? This is really happening.. 2 times!! Like it was so easy.. I don't know what was happening. It just was!
I did this one more time. Natural free, no problem just cruising on waves about 1 maybe 2'..but that is all I ever wanted to do. Just be able to stand up and cruise. I was getting this amazing feeling, I just could not explain. I was wondering if someone took over my body. It was crazy. Maybe the practicing pop ups in my office on slow days was paying off..(even at work, it is all about surfing to me)
It is now almost 2 hours in..I was getting sore and tired. I did a lot of hard paddling..not to mention 2 days of surfing 2 hours.. and i hadn't been in the ocean previously for almost 2 months. YOU tend to lost your mojo the less you surf.
any way.. the waves that were to be caught that I went after I caught.. I felt like I was actually in control. I didn't get off the wave till I was ready. Not because I couldn't balance. As a matter of fact, I was so not use to that. When I rode in that last wave all the way till my board stopped, I had no more energy behind it, I thought,oh now what? So I just fell off backwards, like the Nest tea plunge. SO COOL.
So I paddle back out we decide 10 more minutes and we would come in. A few nice swells came up, one of the paddle boarders said, HEY there is your wave of the day, go for it. I said you take it.. I am a bit sore and tired, and I already had my wave of the day actually 3! He said,"on a day like today,that is an accomplishment." as he rode by me on that wave, I just gave him.
I sat out there for a while talking to my friend. Looking up at the people on the pier. Thinking about my metamorphosis, or whatever was happening to me. Then I decide yep shoulder sore I think I will try to get one more wave and take it in. Even if I don't stand I am OK with that. Start to slowly paddle to where the waves were breaking. Get on a good 3' I think? RODE THAT BABY ALL THE WAY TO SHORE!!!.. Jumped off my board. THAT WAS THE BEST WAVE OF MY LIFE!!! Grabbed my board, walked to the sand. Took my leash off.. watched my friends catch their last waves in.
And wondered to myself... who was that out there today? Was that me? No that was not me?.. Yep it was..and guess what? .. I now feel I can truly call myself a surfer.
I was on this euphoric feeling I have no words for!I made that long trek back to my vehicle. I see my other friends driving away in their car.. I said HEY!!! they stopped, I had the BEST day where were you?? They were not so lucky. My friend said she had the worse day, banged up her board, ran in to people, either she cut someone off or they cut her off.( She is a much better surfer than I )It was just too crowded. I told her where we were and she said she didn't even think of looking there. She thought we were on the other side and said she wished she joined us.
I felt very bad for her. I do not like seeing my friends not have a great day..But I was also so happy for me.(which did make me feel a bit guilty)
Afterwards me and my other 2 friends had brunch and then went for a bike ride up and down the boardwalk.
Had few drinks with a few other friends, hubs boat came in, Picked up Diva.. Drove the 37 miles home and hit my pillow and Crashed... It was a long eventful 2 days...
Can't wait for the next ones!...
I am starting this post out, by saying I think I had one of my BEST surf weekends ever! I know I have felt and said that about a few previous ones. And People reading this are probably thinking (especially surfers) That um the waves were OK, but not that great.
Let me tell you.. the waves were perfect for me. The water was a tad crisp, maybe pushing it saying it could have hit 58-60 degrees according to my husband and the fishing boat computer. The air temp was 80'sh in JANUARY!!.. welcome to California .. But thanks to my 4/3 It was the perfect combination.. although the water could have been a tad bit warmer.. I would not have complained.
So Yeah.. SOME MORE OF THAT PLEASE!!!
Well I took advantage of my 2 days off, on these beautiful Winter days.. and surfed both days.
Saturday.. our club planned a surf session, quite a bit of girls showed up. It always feels so much better to surf in a pack of your peers. These girls rock. Even if the surf sucked.. we all still would have had fun. But, it didn't suck. I say 2-3 ft. and an occasional 4.
When I paddled out past the break.. I took one look out to the horizon and just one deep breath and said to one of my friends.. this is all I needed.
I went after so many waves.. I caught I think 6 or so. Well OK 5 or so, one caught me.. which I will get to, because that was just too funny.
My surf break looked worse than the 405 freeway, I have to tell you CROWDED. So getting a wave and not killing anyone or yourself was a task in itself. But I didn't. SO yeah..one accomplishment.
First wave.. caught.. pearled..fin hit foot, a lil scratch and it is gonna get bruised. What a way to start! (remember my last post I said I thought I forgot how to surf, um yeah..) well I was pissed. I thought GREAT this is how I am going to start this. NO.. NO .. NO.. I am going to catch at least one good wave!
I started going after stuff I normally wouldn't. Which if you saw the faces on some of the people around me, they were shocked. HA! I had insurance now, and the hospital was right up the street... so risks are gonna be taken!
Second Wave..caught, balanced, crouched, and stood up near end of wave. GOOD JOB!!!
Third Wave.. paddle, paddle, paddle, OH hell no I am on the lip.. scooted back on my board and that was that. No Wipe out.. =-).. yet another accomplishment. A bit of control.. wow!
Fourth wave.. This is funny.. I am paddling back in, after failing to catch a few waves I was going after. I see this rather big wave coming at me.. I thought crud!! I can either turtle, Not so great at yet, prefer not doing. Ditch the board, and dive. Nope! I just spun my board around.. and it caught me. I thought for sure this is not going to be good, this is going to suck, I am so going to tumble. But wait.. I am still SITTING on my board with my feet dangling riding the wave like a horse. I say to myself... OK?? I put my feet back, hoist my chest up, pop up and ride it in.. I was soo laughing.. That was the funniest wave I ever caught... I wish that could have been videoed!
Fifth and sixth waves.. both wipe outs. But both again.. I was on the lip. But these were random huge waves I was paddling for.. I have no idea where these big waves came from. But, while I was paddling for this one wave.. I thought, this is too big for you, you are crazy, what are you doing? Then when I realized I was on the lip and went right over, boom, crash, tumble, My thoughts... "Darn it this is how I got the fin to thigh last time, Oh... cover head cover head!!!!, which way is up. oh OK.. head out of water, where is my board? ok..BREATH"..whew.. no injuries.
I got back on my board everyone was staring at me, I am not so sure why? waiting to see if I was alright?... or my best guess, they were wondering, what was I thinking going after that wave. I just got my bearings paddled back up to the line up and said "well that was not very fun".
I rode one more wave back in. Not the best one. but I will take it.
Then surf day ended with snacks and drinks at one of the WK gals home. It was all perfect.
My 17 year old was with me. We ran around a bit after, promise her I would take her to a few stores.
Then we went to pick up my husband at a different beach. His boat was a little late, so I walked the pier with my daughter at Sunset, What a way to end a beautiful day!
Sunday I get up and am ready to do it all over again... I think I will put that on a separate post. I feel this one was long enough.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
OK, So I have not been able to surf, or be in the water or even near it for that matter.
Last time the cold pacific and I met was the day after Thanksgiving..Sad so sad.. a surfer just should not have to go about 2 months without a taste of the water.
I could have sucked it up the past two days(my days off) and attempted a session.But IDK if it is my age, or the fact my 4/3 is getting worn and a few holes in it?? I just could not bring myself to dip into that cold ocean.
However, that being said.. I think I am really having withdrawals. I am getting so irritated lately. Oh, and just so easily.. OK , I am also finishing up a detox diet and have had no caffeine, sugar, alcohol.. etc..but I think I would be fine, if I could just paddle out past the break and just take one big Breath!
Right now I am just throwing myself into my latest issue of WSSM and trying to read West of Jesus. But it is just not the same.
I have never done crack.. or any "major" drugs for that matter..but If I had to guess... Surfing is like Crack..and I need a fix!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I am a Grandma ...again..My son and his GF just had on 12/30/10 a beautiful 7lb 7oz baby boy. Welcome To the world Landon Louis!!!
So yeah that is how my Year Ended and Began!!
My New Year's Resolutions are a few..
Typical get more organized and simplify, lose more weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle,get my Real Estate License, get my finances in order(maybe wishful thinking..but the desire is there)and....
SURF MORE ... and get better at it.. =-)
This year has really been tough! I am looking forward to 2011 and I hope it brings good things to all and dare I say warmer water this year! I think it is time!
Seems like the weather is cooperating, finally sunny (cold) but sunny and maybe just maybe my days off this week, I can sneak in a surf session or 2? I hope.
As I mentioned in my last blog...no surfing = reading about surfing. so I thought I would share what I have been reading.
Caught Inside...(slow read for me, just could not get into it, took me forever to read it. But I would suggest it to a surfer. However I feel a male surfer would appreciate it more than a female..just my take)
Tribes of Palos Verdes....(a bit dark, But I couldn't put it down. I think I read that book in 24 hours, I would recommend it. But there are some kinda disturbing parts)
Currently reading West of Jesus..(I am really enjoying this book, and wish I had more time to get into it, a bit distracted lately, but I am hoping stuff will settle down and I can really get into it.. so far it is an interesting and enjoyable read.)
Well really nothing else to say! But I want to quote my friend and fellow surfer Tracy..
..."Um I think I forgot how to surf"