It has been a long inconsistent and generally pretty
flat few months for us here on the east coast. Usually
late August, September, and October provide some of
the best conditions we get. The water is warm, the air temperatures
are pretty mild, the kids are back in school, the summer crowds
gone, and the beaches are free. This year has been quite the
exception. Sure, the kids and tourists are gone, the water and air are
perfect, but there's been no surf to speak of.
What can we learn from this? I often ask clients that very
question. Well, the gang who run the Belmar Pro were really
grateful for the smallish swell that Gabrielle brought. For the weeks
before the contest organizers and sponsors were freaking. The forecast
was ominous...flat, flat and more flat. Guess they learned to be
grateful for even little things.
The Manasquan Classic Longboard contest, one of the most enjoyayable
events on the east coast now in it's 20somethingth year arrived just as a
little swell did. Seems the Inlet was about the only place breaking that day.
The tribe at the beach laughed, played, and had fun as the classic has
always intended as it's goal.
The Board Swap at Beach House, another stellar tribal gathering saw
great weather, but no waves. Maybe that made it more special.
Finally this week we had a 1 day wonder swell. Yeah, it was more of
an east swell closing out many spots but...there were waves. Seems
nobody went to work.
So, what have we learned? We've learned to make the best of what we've
got. We've learned to enjoy hanging with our friends and laughing. We've
learned that an 80 degree day in October is beautiful and we can actually
enjoy just taking it in. Guess even the lack of surf has lessons. OK- I've learned
them now let's get some real waves!