Do you still surf?

How often do you surf?

  • Over 40 and surf at least every 6 months

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  • Over 40 and switched to a longboard, boogie board or surf mat

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    113
  • Poll closed .

john4surf

Kelly Slater status
May 28, 2005
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I’ll be 50 in June and still surf everyday there’s waves. My schedule pretty much revolves around the forecast and tides. Most of my close friends have pretty much quit surfing and think I’m crazy for getting stocked on knee high FL mush. Can’t help it, I’m still a surf stocked grom at heart. Mostly ride small wave HP boars and HP twins here due to wave size, but occasionally get to ride HPSBs when the waves get good.
You’re the epitome of a surfer. Good on ya, seriously… GOOD ON YA!
 
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24, and for some reason I am spending my time talking to 50 year olds on the erbb. Time well spent

Surf about 3x a week. Mostly post work and one weekend mission further of field. Just got a paipo so I can go out in 1 ft and still feel some speeed/serotonin
 

john4surf

Kelly Slater status
May 28, 2005
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CBS, CA
24, and for some reason I am spending my time talking to 50 year olds on the erbb. Time well spent

Surf about 3x a week. Mostly post work and one weekend mission further of field. Just got a paipo so I can go out in 1 ft and still feel some speeed/serotonin
You remind me of my son. Get covered!
 
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Goofy_Footed

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Jul 31, 2016
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You’re the epitome of a surfer. Good on ya, seriously… GOOD ON YA!
Thank you. I’m trying to keep it up for as long as I can. I have a 15 minute stretch routine before every surf and most of my surfs are in the 2 hour range…can push it to 3 if the waves are really good, but I definitely feel it afterwards.

I’m also lucky to have a very understanding wife who doesn’t give me sh!t when I want to surf (I made my love for surfing crystal clear when we first met). We don’t have kids either, so that definitely makes it easier.
 

bvendley

OTF status
Jul 18, 2018
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Over 40, so far the body hasn't been a limitation outside of the many surgery recoveries (ankle/hip/shoulder).
All that said, I moved to the east coast about 15 years ago so the forecast or lack there of is the biggest problem. We have our days, but there's barely enough surf through the summer to get ready for the good days. I got a 6',10" midlength last year for the smallest days but 90% of the time I'm on my 5'4" groveler or 6'4" step.
Adding mountain biking to my life has been huge for dry-spells, both mentally and physically
 

92122

Michael Peterson status
Jul 29, 2015
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I really hibernate from surfing in the winter. Maybe once a month or a little more often when it’s mellow / clean / nice weather.

Generally in April > May the cadence picks up and I’m trying to surf at least once a week to shape up for summer. And yes California can have some long flat spells in summer but it’s just the most enjoyable time for me when the wetsuit isn’t required and beach days with family and friends are part of the lifestyle we choose.

Surfing to me is “active relaxation”. I don’t care to do it enough to push myself into well overhead waves, and I have no delusions or motivation to become a high performance surfer having started in my mid 30’s now in my mid 40’s. I have a great deal of respect for how difficult it is to get better at it and how sketchy the ocean can be in general. I’m best at ‘fixed sports’ where I can repeat the same thing over and over again at will. Surfing is so frustrating.

I always tell people, I hate surfing… but I plan to do it for the rest of my life.
 

92122

Michael Peterson status
Jul 29, 2015
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As for alternative craft, I’m a total Bodyboard geek although I don’t allow myself to ride them much because any water time I get I should be working on my stand up game.

Still, I could see me back on the boog more into my 50’s and 60’s just to get in the water. I love exploring new reef spots on a boog too, or hollow beach breaks.
 

b.r.

Phil Edwards status
Dec 19, 2003
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I’m pushing 60 soon, started on a raft in 3rd grade and will probably end up on one before it’s all over. I surf a lot because I am easily amused, good at it, live in a zone with lots of options, and will ride what ever board will make the day fun. Still have a few friends from middle school days that still surf too.
 

Bayview

Michael Peterson status
Dec 21, 2009
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NJ
John4surf is pushing 80? Dang. Congrats.

my uncle just turned 83. Sups. Swims. Fish. Clams. Hunts. Hung up bow for crossbow. Skis. He doesn’t paddle out in wetsuits anymore but any time air is above 70 and water above 50.

I’m over 40 and surf once a month minimum. Started logging to feel the ocean. Kids, work, life don’t allow to drop everything to surf 2-3x a week in the winter. Gotta get in.
 

tedshred

Gerry Lopez status
Apr 15, 2008
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40. Surf a lot (everyday) when there is a swell but then grind at work or chill with kids when it’s sh!t. Unfortunately have a pinched nerve in neck and shingles at the moment so missing this S Swell and feel like I’m falling off (2 weeks since I surfed last). I think my guilt complex keeps me from quitting tho.