Mental Health thread

Kento

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I don't need a surf so much as a surf in good waves in sunny, warm conditions. Finally had a window where it isn't p*ssing down, conditions are clean, and I have enough free time to make it worth it. But alas - just shithouse. Wishful thinking even though bottoming out tide; kinda knew it deep down and the gloomy weather sort of told the tale of what would be. It's too bad work schedules can't be arranged around tides and weather. Hawaii seems to have that mentality hardwired a little better.

B.R. was on to something. I have been cursed ever since I started that Community Surf Journal thread last year. Might as well have been on the Madden cover.

Anyhow, more and more I am realizing it's the constant rain, gloom, and sh!t weather that gets me down big time. Global warming can't happen fast enough. I realize now that the surf was so fucking good when I first got here was because we were in a drought, resulting in more refined swell, settled sandbars, and better weather/wind. Still only surfed once this year and it was trash and that really makes my soul a little furious. Ran close to 300 miles so far this year so guess that's an offset.

But a month in the Atacama during the dry season would be soooooo nice right now.
 

Bob Dobbalina

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I don't need a surf so much as a surf in good waves in sunny, warm conditions. Finally had a window where it isn't p*ssing down, conditions are clean, and I have enough free time to make it worth it. But alas - just shithouse. Wishful thinking even though bottoming out tide; kinda knew it deep down and the gloomy weather sort of told the tale of what would be. It's too bad work schedules can't be arranged around tides and weather. Hawaii seems to have that mentality hardwired a little better.

B.R. was on to something. I have been cursed ever since I started that Community Surf Journal thread last year. Might as well have been on the Madden cover.

Anyhow, more and more I am realizing it's the constant rain, gloom, and sh!t weather that gets me down big time. Global warming can't happen fast enough. I realize now that the surf was so fucking good when I first got here was because we were in a drought, resulting in more refined swell, settled sandbars, and better weather/wind. Still only surfed once this year and it was trash and that really makes my soul a little furious. Ran close to 300 miles so far this year so guess that's an offset.

But a month in the Atacama during the dry season would be soooooo nice right now.

Yeah man. I hear you.
The anticipation of "Oh, that window looks good and will be sick" almost always makes it worse for me. Even if it is pumping.
The days that I can meet what's there with a feeling of "this is what it is, and this is what I've got" tend to work out better.

Easier said than done.

Coming from NCSD, where most days were doable in one way or another, it's always an adjustment.
 

Kento

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Yeah man. I hear you.
The anticipation of "Oh, that window looks good and will be sick" almost always makes it worse for me. Even if it is pumping.
The days that I can meet what's there with a feeling of "this is what it is, and this is what I've got" tend to work out better.

Easier said than done.

Coming from NCSD, where most days were doable in one way or another, it's always an adjustment.
It's like being horny as hell, going to the local bar, only to find out it's Plastic Surgery Disaster Night. :drowning: :roflmao:

It's not the cold - it's the gloom. 30 degrees and sunny beats 50 degrees and low-cloud/overcast/rain. A day or two isn't terrible but when it's months on end... I never realized how much I not just love but need the sun.
 

santacruzin

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It's like being horny as hell, going to the local bar, only to find out it's Plastic Surgery Disaster Night. :drowning: :roflmao:

It's not the cold - it's the gloom. 30 degrees and sunny beats 50 degrees and low-cloud/overcast/rain. A day or two isn't terrible but when it's months on end... I never realized how much I not just love but need the sun.
Come down to the 805 and surf next good west. I have a spare room and a beak nosed 1980s 6'6 truster with your name on it

tell the wife it's a work conference ....
 

Bob Dobbalina

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It's like being horny as hell, going to the local bar, only to find out it's Plastic Surgery Disaster Night. :drowning: :roflmao:

It's not the cold - it's the gloom. 30 degrees and sunny beats 50 degrees and low-cloud/overcast/rain. A day or two isn't terrible but when it's months on end... I never realized how much I not just love but need the sun.

Yeah, there is usually a stretch or 2 over here where it's just gray for 3-4 weeks.
It gets to me too.

Gotta find those sunny micro climates.
 
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kawika

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I don't need a surf so much as a surf in good waves in sunny, warm conditions. Finally had a window where it isn't p*ssing down, conditions are clean, and I have enough free time to make it worth it. But alas - just shithouse. Wishful thinking even though bottoming out tide; kinda knew it deep down and the gloomy weather sort of told the tale of what would be. It's too bad work schedules can't be arranged around tides and weather. Hawaii seems to have that mentality hardwired a little better.

B.R. was on to something. I have been cursed ever since I started that Community Surf Journal thread last year. Might as well have been on the Madden cover.

Anyhow, more and more I am realizing it's the constant rain, gloom, and sh!t weather that gets me down big time. Global warming can't happen fast enough. I realize now that the surf was so fucking good when I first got here was because we were in a drought, resulting in more refined swell, settled sandbars, and better weather/wind. Still only surfed once this year and it was trash and that really makes my soul a little furious. Ran close to 300 miles so far this year so guess that's an offset.

But a month in the Atacama during the dry season would be soooooo nice right now.
Kento, you've totally nailed it. I'm suffering the same scenario up here in Oregon. I told the wife yesterday that I'm ready to pack it up and head to sunnier climes. No rubber, just trunks and 70 degree+ water would be nice for a start...:cheers:
 

Kento

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Kento, you've totally nailed it. I'm suffering the same scenario up here in Oregon. I told the wife yesterday that I'm ready to pack it up and head to sunnier climes. No rubber, just trunks and 70 degree+ water would be nice for a start...:cheers:
Going to Hawaii last summer was so nice. Didn't matter that the waves were small - just so nice to have that warm air and water. Felt so good.
 

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Not Hawaii. Not warm. Pretty small. But the sun is coming out, the tide is dropping, and the wind will stay off shore all morning. Nice easy February session for my “first” surf in my new backyard (never mind it’s the exact same beach I’ve been surfing for a decade:))

new building also has a sauna and shower right off the beach entrance. That won’t suck after an hour or two in 41 degree water and air

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Will there be snacks

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Not Hawaii. Not warm. Pretty small. But the sun is coming out, the tide is dropping, and the wind will stay off shore all morning. Nice easy February session for my “first” surf in my new backyard (never mind it’s the exact same beach I’ve been surfing for a decade:))

new building also has a sauna and shower right off the beach entrance. That won’t suck after an hour or two in 41 degree water and air

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Stocked. :shaka:

I'm only about 6 miles from da beach, but miss the convenience and joy of living right at the beach.
 
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SurfFuerteventura

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Had been hoping to stay away from this thread. But lately :foreheadslap: everything I thought was up, is actually down. Everything that was right, is actually wrong. All that was left, is now right.

Luckily, as a surfer of some time in the water, I know that when the current is against you, either cut side ways to get out of its pull or hold position if you cannot do that until it lets you go so though you come out somewhere completely different than where you thought you were going, at least you are still paddling in the same direction.

Hoping things settle down, soon.

Keep your heads up boys. It's the only thing you can do sometimes.

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