When we started planning our annual all-guys surf trip, we were looking to try out a new place. Some of our longboard buddies have been telling us about this place in Mexico called La Saladita. They sold my dad, brother, and me on the fact that it’s predominantly a longboard break.
Shortboard breaks are cool, but only one of us in the group is an all-around, killer, surfer and the other two of us are just weekend warriors that like to cruise on some easy longboard waves. When we look for a surf spot, we generally look for a longboard break. Not only can everyone in our group score a lot of waves at a longboard spot, but generally the crowd’s chiller.
Finding a place to stay down there’s pretty easy and one of our options was to stay with Corky Carroll in his B&B type place that he and his wife has built for surfers down there. He’s a living legend, having won three world titles, being a big wave pioneer, and is considered to be the first sponsored surfer. It’s a little costly because of his fame and notoriety, we opted for other lodging options, but we did get the 411 from one of our buddies that sold us on the break. He gave us the run down on the lineup and how to spot Corky in the lineup.
Sitting in the lineup on my longboard, I saw a big guy paddling out on a paddleboard wearing a blue Cristiano Ronaldo jersey. That was Corky, based on our buddy’s description, and I just watched as he paddled the 500 meter paddle out into the lineup with a huge grin on his face, waving at some people he knew. It’s almost like he was on a self-propelled float in a parade.
I watched him paddle by me, looking out to the horizon. Once he spotted a wave, he knew exactly when to start paddling and where to be at the right time. Within five strokes, he was cruising down the left on his paddle board like it was nobody’s business.
Back in the lineup I decided to chat him up a bit and he’s a pretty cool guy. Just talking to him, you’d think he’s just some guy that loves where he is in life and surfing every day. Oh wait—that’s because all that’s true.
When I think of the surfer I want to be throughout my life, Corky pretty much exhibits all the character traits. Just surfing on a board that I can surf, catching some waves, talking to people from all over the world, and having fun. Looking good while surfing’s cool, but I just want to cruise down the line, make the sections, and have fun for as long as I can.
It looks like winter’s finally drawing to a close with the time change and rising temperatures throughout the week. Spring’s on its way and in the southern parts of the northern hemisphere, wetsuit season’s almost gone, and swimsuit season’s upon us. One thing your liable to see at the beach towards the end of wetsuit season is the wetsuit tan.
Photo: Adam Fricke Photography
The wetsuit tan is earned by surfers throughout the winter that spent enough time surfing in the cold and resulted in some awkward tan lines. It might sound a little weird, but if you ski and/or snowboard, it’s the equivalent of working hard all season to have the gnarliest goggle tan.
How do you get a wetsuit tan?
For most surfers, it all starts in early fall. Down here in Florida, we’re all a bunch of weenies when it comes to the cold. Nothing new there, so when the water temperature dips below 75, you’re bound to start seeing surfers wearing their spring wetsuit. It’s the wetsuit with short legs and short sleeves and sometimes short legs and long sleeves. This starts happening around October and it gives a solid base tan around the neck.
Most surfers have already got a solid tan line that wraps around the middle part of their neck come December and it only builds from there. End of November to the beginning of December is when the full length winter wetsuits start coming out. That’s when things start to get weird.
The full length wetsuits stick around until the middle of March and that gives ample time for surfers to keep building on that neck tan and start on their hand tan. Picture someone walking around witch tan hands, face, a half tan neck, half pale white neck, and pale arms. It’s a sight to see, but every surfer’s damn proud of those tan lines.
As the air starts to warm up, so does the water and we’re back to spring wetsuits where the head and half neck tan continue, but the arms start to even out with the legs. Yet the neck tan still remains.
How do you rock a wetsuit tan?
When we get closer to summer and the air warms up, we typically don’t need a wetsuit and the wetsuit tan begins to dissipate. We need to enjoy it and flaunt it as much as we can while we’ve got it. That means you should wear a tank top as often as you can. Oh and those crew neck shirts with the low neck line that those scene kids wore in the early 2000’s, prime way to show off that half tan neck of yours.
Own those awkward tan lines, throw your shoulders back and own that wetsuit tan you’ve worked so hard to get. Summer’s just around the corner and before you know it, you’ll have a uni-tan once again.
How do you get and rock a wetsuit tan?
Surf so much in the winter your brains start spilling out of your ears and then own it so well that others are jealous they don’t have your rad wetsuit tan.Pin It
The wind whipped my face making the chilly 40 degree morning make it feel like it was in the 30’s. As the wintry Atlantic Ocean rushed up against my feet, I realized the water’s warmer than the cold windy air and the best way to stay warm was going to be to stay in the water and let my wetsuit do what it’s designed to do.
Photo: Adam Fricke Photography
I waited for the sets to pass and took the polar plunge and the cold water took my breathe away, but not in the way a beautiful girl does. White water was coming at me, I took a deep breath and drove my surfboard underneath the broken wave. It passed over me and I took a huge breath upon breaching the surface, only to inflate my lungs with the wintry Atlantic Ocean from the second wave right behind it. After expelling all the water out of my lungs and refilling them with air, I paddled 50 yards out to the lineup.
An hour later I still hadn’t caught a wave and was sick of shivering. Feeling angry and cold, I paddled in and proceeded to sit and pout while I warmed up in my car and waited for my brother and our friends to roll up. An hour later I wasn’t convinced the cold wind was worth dealing with again for lack luster waves.
We checked a spot a couple miles down the road and it was like night and day difference. The wind had died down, the sun was warming up everything, and the waves were even better. After a couple hours, I caught a couple mediocre waves that Kelly Slater would’ve ripped to shreds, but to me, they felt so good.
Later on, taking pictures of everyone else surfing, the air was warm again, sun shining, and I was kind of glad I had to suffer earlier in the day. Shivering, breathing water, not catching any waves, that all sucks, but it was worth it in the end. Without suffering a little in the beginning, a fairly mediocre surf session probably would’ve made for a mediocre day.
In order to fully enjoy ourselves, I think we need to suffer a little bit. I think that’s why some of the best moments in our lives are the ones where we had to suffer and feel some pain to get there.Pin It
Dating in the city’s pretty easy right? I mean modern day chivalry has been ingrained into guys brains, at least it should have been, since we’ve contemplated the idea of dating when we were a pre-teen: hold the door for your date, open her car door, walk her to the door, never let her pay on the first date (or first few dates) even if she insists, always brings a jacket so you can give it to her if she gets cold, etc. On top of that, there’s tons of websites out there that reminds us guys of the chivalry code, if we’ve been out of the dating scene for a bit.
Photo: Kat Dierickx
For an adventure couple, I feel like the lines get blurred a little for the guy in the relationship. I mean there aren’t really any doors to hold open in the outdoors, no drinks to buy, and she doesn’t need another jacket on top of that puffy jacket with a hood she’s wearing. We have to get a little creative when it comes to chivalry in the outdoors and I think these are the things guys should always do for their lady on an outdoorsy adventure date.
Act Like a Camel
Water is one of the heaviest things in a pack. Pack the majority of water in your pack, so her pack’s a tad lighter, and she’s more comfortable hiking on the trail. Don’t even offer, pack the majority of the water in your pack.
Give Up Some Waves
One of the biggest rules in surfing is priority. It’s the unspoken rule that whoever’s closest to the peak of the wave has dibbs and everyone else had better back off. When the best set wave rolls through and the both of you are paddling for the wave, back off and let her take the wave. The compliment her on her style.
This should only be done once or twice a session, I mean you need to nab some waves.
Follow Her Tracks
Laying tracks through fresh powder’s invigorating for the soul, at least that’s what I’ve been told, but let her have that joy of leading. In theory, you’re the one leading the relationship, this her chance to carve out your relationship.
Break the Wind
Ew–not like that! I meant when you go on a bike ride to your favorite coffee shop or spend 50 miles in the saddle on a cool Saturday morning, take the lead. Let her hook onto the back wheel of your bike and catch your draft, so she gets to work 15%-30% less than you. Whatever you do, don’t call her a wheel sucker.
It’s customary for one person to take the rope and the other takes the rack for a day of climbing. Pack the rope in your pack along with half the rack, to lighten her load. Once you get to the crag, offer to be the rope gun and set the route, unless she loves getting on the sharp end. In that case, you’ve found your belay partner for life and you better not do anything to lose her!
Photo: Kat Dierickx
Domestic Camp god
After a day of lugging everything you need to live on your back, the both of you just want camp to be set up and dinner to cook itself. Do just that, set up camp, get dinner ready for the both of you, and do the dishes. She’ll really appreciate and I’ve been told there’s nothing sexier than a man who cooks and does the dishes.
Photo: Kat Dierickx
The next morning, get up quietly before her, get the fire going and have a warm cup of coffee ready for her to hold and warm up her cold hands.
Let Her Set the Pace and Distance
Show her how fast and far you run on your Strava app. and instead of leaving her in the dust and panting, let her choose how fast you two run together and which distance. Then again, it’s pretty hot when she talks down her speed and leaves you panting in her dust.
Photo: Kat Dierickx
I think for most guys, we want to show our special lady that chivalry’s not dead and that there’s still good guys out there. Showing chivalry in the outdoors can be a challenge, but I think it’s a challenge worth taking.
Guys: How do you show a girl chivalry’s not dead on an outdoors date?
Ladies: How’s a guy show you a random act(s) of chivalry on an outdoors date?Pin It
The water’s dipped below 70 degrees and that means it’s wetsuit season in Florida. As the water and air temperatures drop, surfers have been gearing up for the promise of more consistent surf during the chilly winter months and that means breaking out the westuits. Some even break out the wetsuit hood, gloves, and booties later in the winter.
A couple weeks ago I was out surfing in my 3/2 winter westuit and was cold. The air was in the 40’s, the wind was blowing, and the water was in the 50’s. Needless to say that within a couple hours, I was shivering and ready to go inside and drink some hot chocolate. As I was sitting there in the lineup shivering, I saw a girl about my age paddling out in a “cheeky” wetsuit.
The style of westuit that zips in the front, has long sleeves, but nothing to cover her legs because it rides up in the back and shows off her “cheeks.” This style of wetsuit isn’t new, this is about the third year it’s been on the market and the second year that I’ve seen a lot of girls wearing them.
As a young male with wandering eyes, I love this style of wetsuit. As a surfer who surfs in cold water and wouldn’t think about surfing without a wetsuit in the winter, I just don’t get it. I don’t get why girls that surf feel they need to sacrifice their comfort and warmth in the cold water and objectify themselves in an already male dominated lifestyle/sport.
Look at a typical surfing lineup and 9 times out of 10, when an attractive girl paddles out, a swarm of guys paddle over and practically start circling her like a shark circles its wounded prey in the open ocean. Keep watching and you’ll see her paddle for a wave and if a guy’s paddling for that wave, he’s most likely going to stop paddling and let her take the wave, even if he has priority to the wave.
Why do we have to objectify women? I understand sex sells and at times can even be tasteful when done right, but I don’t understand why women who surf feel they need to wear less and end up being freezing cold just to get attention.
When can we as a society recognize that a woman’s talents are more attractive than her figure and that she doesn’t need to subject herself to discomfort in order to get attention?
When Is Too Little, Too Much?
Picture yourself sitting around a campfire with some friends after a long day, logging 13 miles while lugging everything you need on your back. You’re all cracking jokes and talking about life in general with some light tunes in the background to help set the mood. Sounds great, but a little far-fetched because most portable speakers aren’t practical to carry into the backcountry because they’re too heavy, break easily, and are hard to pack.
The Gear: FRESHeTECH All-Terrain Sound
The Breakdown: A lightweight, portable speaker, that packs a punch and is easy to take anywhere
What I’m digging:
For such a small speaker, the All-Terrain Sound can really play some loud tunes (be careful not to disturb those around you). The control buttons on the side are a cinch to use and I never have to pull my phone out of my pocket to change the song, volume, or answer a call. Yea–there’s a built-in mic so you can even talk on the phone. Pairing through Bluetooth is easy, so easy a not-so tech savvy person would think they had a chance at being the next Steve Jobs.
I really like the clip function, so I don’t have to pack this speaker away. I’ll clip it onto different parts of my backpack (shoulder strap, hip belt, gear loops) and play some music for my friends and I to enjoy on the trails. This thing has got a killer battery that lasts 12 hours and I’ll use it on multiple climbing, hiking, and surf trips without having to re-charge the battery.
What I’m missing:
My biggest complaint is the direction of the sound. With the speaker on top, the best quality of sound comes when the speaker’s pointed directly at me. Something that’s put this speaker over the top is if it had 360 sound.
A swivel clip would do wonders as well. Right now I feel a little constricted to where I can hang the All-Terrain Sound and I believe a swivel clip would open up the options of where I can hang this thing.
The All-Terrain Speaker is a great portable and rugged, Bluetooth, speaker out there for anyone that likes to keep their pack light wherever they go.
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Before I get into the nitty gritty details of this topic, I think I should clarify what it means to have Priority to the wave, Drop In, and Drop In on Someone.
Generally someone has priority in the lineup* when they’re closest to the peak of the wave.
That’s when a surfer paddles for the wave, stands up, and drops down onto the face of the wave.
Drop In on Someone
This is when someone has priority to the wave or is already up and surfing on the wave and someone else paddles for and drops down onto the face of the wave to catch a ride.
Knowing this, whether or not you surf, you can begin to assume that dropping in on someone is one of the biggest jerk moves in surfing. Not only is it uncool, it’s also dangerous for both surfers and their boards–two surfers on the face of a wave yields a high probability of running into each other.
Photo: Adam Fricke Photography
Last week The Inertia published an article on whether or not it’s acceptable to drop in on someone. The author even interviewed some pro surfers and the general consensus was it’s morally and ethically wrong in surfing to drop in on someone, but sometimes it has to be done to teach a jerk a lesson.
I wanted to put a little twist on this and to do so, I created this flow chart to answer the burning and often debated question…
You can see that I believe all arrows point to NEVER no matter the situation. We can debate that some people need to be put in their place if they’re being a jerk, but since when has fighting fire with fire ever worked?
My parents always taught me to be a leader, blaze my own trail (using Leave No Trace methods of course ), and always do what’s right, even if it goes against what society’s doing. The right thing to do here is to never drop in on someone and if someone drops in on you, turn the other cheek and stay away from that kook.
Ultimately I think this question’s (When is it OK to Drop In on Someone?) best answered by the Golden Rule.
Do unto others what you would have them do unto you
No one in this world is better than the other and no one surfer has the right to drop in on another surfer to teach him/her a lesson. If someone blatantly drops in on you, stay away from that person. When a beginner drops in on you, kindly (keyword here) give them a heads up about priority and how it’s a jerk thing to drop in on someone.
When someone does drop in on you by accident and they apologize, by all means give forgiveness, no one’s perfect and accidents happen. If you happen to accidentally drop in on someone, go and apologize right away and make the situation right. Who knows, you may even make a new friend.
Lineups are becoming more and more crowded as more people begin to take up surfing and adopt the lifestyle. There might be less waves, but we’re all out in the water for the same reason–catch some waves and have some fun. Get out there, have some fun, and be the one in the water spreading the positive vibes.
No one enjoys being around a jerk
*This refers to the typical lineup in the water, not during a contest. The priority rule during a contest is always different than the one outlined above.
Throwing my final things into my duffle bag Friday morning, before work, I made sure I packed my headlamp with a red light setting–that worked.
Earlier in the week I had missed one of my runs and I needed to squeeze one more run in before the week was over to keep on track with my half-marathon training. Running on the beach at night seemed to be the best way to gather up some views of the night sky and beat the heat, but I needed that additional red light to light my way without potentially hurting baby sea turtles or mama turtles that were still nesting.
Photo: Raychel Putnam
For as long as I can remember my parents instilled in me to never shine lights on the beach during sea turtle nesting season (May 1-October 31) in Florida. The bright lights from condos, hotels, houses, headlamps, flashlights, etc. can scare the mama sea turtles looking to nest and lead them to nesting in less than ideal places after numerous “false crawls.”
When the baby sea turtles hatch, scientists believe there’s an innate instinct in the hatchlings that make them crawl toward the brightest light. Usually that bright light’s the moon reflecting off the ocean, but light inland can draw them inland where they die from dehydration or predators. Bright lights on the beach (flashlights and headlamps) can also scare baby sea turtles and delay their crawl to the ocean, making them easy prey.
The light from the moon and stars were more than sufficient to light my way down the beach and yet I still saw bright lights on the beach. I got closer and found people either unaware of this issue (or blatantly not caring) as they took a night stroll on the beach. There was even one group fishing in knee deep water with bright lights on.
I guess Shark Bite Capital of the World means nothing to them.
All I’m asking is that we take a little more caution on the beach at night. The moon and stars give off more than enough light on a clear night, but if it’s too cloudy, a red light’s the best light source. A red light casts a smaller light spectrum that’s less intrusive to sea turtles and marine animals alike.
Before you (or someone you know) goes on the beach at night, take a red light, or better yet, leave the light at home. You’ll be doing your job in being a caretaker of the land and preventing others from becoming demons of the land.
What are your suggestions to protect the population of sea turtles in Florida?
P.S. Sharing could bring greater awareness to sea turtles nesting and could help protect sea turtles in the future.
Note: I refer to the Florida sea turtles in this article since about 90% of sea turtle nesting occurs in Florida, according to the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Walking down all the rows and columns of the Surf Expo Lifestyle section was daunting. There was so much to see and I put together a recap of the best of the best lifestyle brands Adam and I met with a couple weeks ago.
Recycled Canadian Maple Skateboard on your face? Proof Eyewear’s making that a “thing” in the eyewear industry. The frames on the sunglasses are made from recyclyed Canadian Maple Skateboards, so you can protect your eyes from the sun and help out the environment.
Check out the Skate Collection from $115
After a solid launch of the Outcross shoes, Chaco’s introducing the Outcross Evo collection in early 2015. There’s going to be 3 different versions of the Outcross Evo for men (Outcross Evo 3 is pictured), 4 for women, and a smattering of colors for kids. The different versions of the Outcross Evo combines breathable mesh with webbing to give you different options of ventilation across all the styles, a comfortable microfoam layer atop the polyurethane (PU) LUVSEAT (what Chaco’s known for), and a non-marking EcoTread outsole.
Chaco will release the Outcross Evo 2015 and they’ll start from $55 for kids styles and from $100 for adult styles
For as long as I can remeber the slogan for Sanuk has been something to the extent of–This is a Sandal, Not a Shoe. A new line of footwear that Sanuk’s introducing is their shoe collection and now Sanuk’s #neveruncomfortable in any of their footwear. I think the new shoe styles are pretty rad.
Check out the line of #neveruncomfortable Sanuk Shoes from $55
Sea Crystal Series
Summer seems to never end here in Florida and Hobie Polarized is keeping faces cool with their Sea Crystal Series of polarized sunglasses. Hobie Polarized took their Dogpatch, Woody, and (my favorite) The Wedge styles and gave their frames a new look with a mix of silver and crystal blue. You’re going to think it’s cool outside as you look through these ice blue lenses.
Checkout the Sea Crystal Series from $89.99
Pockets are just part of the everyday routine with Team Phun and they’re just getting better. The folks behind Team Phun are taking pocket designs to a whole new level of phun with their new line of pocket inspired tees, tanks, polos, and button downs. You’re going to have to keep your eyes peeled for the new stuff coming out real soon.
Check out the current Team Phun pocket designs from $17.99
I wouldn’t recommend drinking from this sandal, but I would recommend getting it if you want a sandal loaded with comfort. The folks at Freewaters designed the Tall Boy to be a thicker sandal to provide more cushion comfort to the person wearing it with sleek lines to give it a thinner look.
Freewaters will release the Tall Boy on January 15 from $48
What brands in the Surf Expo Lifestyle section caught your eye?
All photo skills shown courtesy of Adam Fricke Photography
Life seems to be moving pretty quick these days and I haven’t gotten personal lately and given a life update. I’ve also never done a Fitness Friday article before either and decided to kill two birds with one stone since most of it’s “fitness related” anyways, so here goes nothing!
I never thought I’d see the day that I say this–running has started to consume my life–and I bet a few of you are laughing and stoked to hear me say that. You might recall that I started running because I was picked by Nuun Hydration to run the 200 mile Hood to Coast Relay on one of their teams. I conquered Hood to Coast and now I actually like running.
On Wednesday I registered myself to run the Lighthouse Loop Half-Marathon in Port Orange, FL at the end of October and soon I should be registering to run the Mercedes Marathon in Alabama with some of my Hood to Coast teammates.
My training schedule for the Lighthouse Loop’s pretty simple. I’m running three days a week that consist of a short speed run, medium distance run, and a long distance run. Each week the medium and long distance runs increase in mileage. This week my long distance run was 6.4 miles, 4.4 of which were in the middle of a Florida monsoon, and next week I’m bumping that distance up to 7 miles.
I’ve quickly realized that I prefer evening/night runs and absolutely loathe morning runs. I want to be ready for the Lighthouse Loop Half-Marathon and I’m not skipping out on any runs. I guess I have to put on my big boy running shoes from time to time and go for a morning run.
The cycling/mountain biking has been a little stagnant these days. The mountain bike trails are too hot, buggy, and even washed away with all the rain we’ve been getting. With the half-marathon and marathon I have coming up, cycling’s been on the back burner. I strongly believe that the best way to get stronger at a sport is to do that sport more often, hence I’ve been running a lot.
I will say that I’ll be back on my bike soon and I’ve got a crazy goal set for myself in the early part of 2015 that involves cycling. More on that as the date approaches.
About two weeks before Hood to Coast, during my final training push, I had this brilliant idea to try this new diet/lifestyle called Weekday Veg. It’s exactly what it sounds like, Monday through Friday I eat nothing with a face, Saturday and Sunday I eat all the bacon and burgers I want.
The first week was a little rough and I ended putting a lot of extra stress on my body. Once my body got used to the new lifestyle and my training schedule was back to normal, I started liking weekday veg. So far that’s what I’ve been doing for almost a month and I’ve noticed some considerable differences in my eating habits overall, physique, climbing, and running.
I’ll share more about Weekday Veg. and why I decided to adopt this lifestyle in a later article.
Fall’s quickly approaching and the water’s going to get cold and I’ll have to start squirming into my wetsuit. Really not looking forward to wetsuit season, but it is what it is. The good news is the more consistent surf is during the Fall/Winter months and hopefully the weekends have some good swells roll through. Who knows, maybe I’ll surf so much this Fall/Winter that I’ll get a sweet neck and hand tan from my wetsuit.
This weekend also marks the start of the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) competition season. Adam’s trying out for the UCF Surf Team in the Longboard Division and I hope I’m not jinxing him when I say I’ve got full confidence in that kid making the competition team for the 3rd season. I mean the kid’s won the conference point title the past 2 seasons and has earned a trip to California to keep in NSSA National’s for the past 2 years.
Yea I still do that 2 nights a week. It’s been lots of gym climbing and I’m stoked to finally get outside and climb with some cooler temperatures. My first trip’s out to Texas for a bit of climbing and fun in October and my first BIG climbing trip of the season’s up to The Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Kyle and I are spending Thanksgiving up there and some friends are mostly going to join us for some sends as the date gets closer.