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General Discussion / Re: Mental Tricks
« on: July 02, 2019, 04:46:14 PM »
I think fear of wiping out plays a big part to feeling "off"  Relax, embrace the wipeout, go for everything, forgive yourself if you fail, and quit thinking about it. 

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 20, 2019, 02:59:53 PM »
C Street, Wrightsville Beach actually looks pretty good on the Surfline cam today.  Dang, wish I could beam over there, anybody got a Star Trek transporter that will fit my SUP?

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 19, 2019, 03:51:33 PM »
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Thanks for that reply.  We are planning to do a road trip to the OBX as soon as school starts and the crowds go home.  We have a couple of small dogs, so we will probably get some sort of camper or try to find "dog friendly" places to stay.  Any intel on where to go and especially on where to surf, would be greatly appreciated.

Think there is a big surf fishing tournament there every fall so find out when that is and then DO NOT go then. Beaches are packed with fisherman. Do you have a 4wd? You can drive on the beach there ( have to buy a pass ) so we try to do that because we want to be away from others if possible and it helps with the wave hunt. We usually stay at Frisco Woods Campground, bathhouse is clean and it is conveniently located to places that we want to be. Take a look at their website. We rent a small cabin, is basically a shed with AC but it is fine for what we do when we are there. We don't need much. We are coming up from the south so we take the ferry from Cedar Island to Ocracoke then to Hatteras. Not the fastest way to get there but we like it. We stay in Frisco because we have friends near there and we can travel North or South of the point to look for waves. I have never surfed up past Nags Head but I am sure others on here with more knowledge than I would have some info about that.

I don't know much, but feel free to message me or ask anytime. I am in Wilmington so if you are going make a trip to the beach and are near here maybe we can meet up sometime. No promises on surf but there is always places for food and beverages as a backup plan.

Thank you for the intel and for that kind offer, I may take you up on that.

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:21:57 AM »
I think a big part of my problem is what everyone has said:  I look at the cams and it doesn't look worth it so I don't go.  If I just went, I would probably find something.  Oak Island is the exception, I will never go there again expecting surf.  Nice place but terrible surf.

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:46:48 AM »
I'm in NC as well.  We generally go out and try to catch some waves every weekend but not because the surf is great, it usually is not. More becuase it is a great way to start the day. Hanging out with a few good friends, peacuful, and it is nice seeing the sun coming up over the ocean. Plus with a SUP you can usually catch something even when it is really small. Can't say I would want to drive 3-4 hrs for it though.

 We also have been going to OBX in the fall for many years. Usually Sept or early Oct for a long weekend. Have cought it decent there quite a few times.
 

Thanks for that reply.  We are planning to do a road trip to the OBX as soon as school starts and the crowds go home.  We have a couple of small dogs, so we will probably get some sort of camper or try to find "dog friendly" places to stay.  Any intel on where to go and especially on where to surf, would be greatly appreciated.

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 17, 2019, 06:41:06 PM »
Yikes! 

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General Discussion / Re: SUP Booby Trap on YouTube
« on: June 17, 2019, 08:05:39 AM »
Cove, the Beefs TV guys are hilarious and really epitomize the fun of surfing to me. Great surfers, doing fun stuff with no ego about it. That kid is a skimboarder who always blows my mind.

Except the way the guy says "Raw Beefs" in their intro annoys the life out of me.  /crabby old man rant

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:15:57 PM »
NC is very windy almost everyday. You surf at sunrise or you don’t surf much.

Exactly - cali you have a bit more time, case in point, there's literally 1.6' at 8s in the water and there's a rideable wave at WB right now - http://surfchex.com/cams/wrightsville-beach/

So.......again, I'm not sure if your threshold for a rideable wave is, but there's always something.


All I'm seeing on the cams is tiny stuff breaking right on the beach.  Maybe the cams make it look worse than it is.  I just don't want to make the 3 hour drive again and keep getting skunked. 

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:57:59 PM »
Have you biked pisgah, bent creek, or tsali yet?

Not yet, but those are on my to do list.  Since I live at Col Beatty, I mostly hop on my bike and make a lap or two there.   I've ridden Sherman Branch, Whitewater Center, Anne Springs and other local Charlotte trails, but I am looking forward to going to the mountains for some more intense action.  I'm actually not a very good mountain biker.

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 12:45:09 PM »
I'll be honest.  I'm still floored that your wife expected you to just pick up and move and give up your lifestyle.  I hope she appreciates what you had to give up and at least has some understanding and sympathy.  So now that what's done is done, maybe as others have suggested it's time to take up kiting or maybe windsurfing.  Also maybe SUPing without the surfing aspect.  Are the good coves and bays to explore in NC? 

I have transitioned over to mountain biking which is something I love, but not as much as SUP surfing.  Flat water paddling doesn't do it for me.  The big payoff is being 5 minutes from my two grandsons and our kids, we are all close.  I traded surfing for being with my daughter and getting to watch my grandsons grow up, so it's a good trade.  But moving away from the beach has been tougher than I imagined.  Thought I would drive to the beach every few days, but combining a 3 hour drive with not finding surf has made it difficult to get motivated.

I DO apologies if I stepped outa line.
Yeah mountainbiking is a plus.  What about wind powered activities?

Oh no, not outa line at all.  I had that same attitude for awhile, but seeing all the milestones in the lives of my grandsons has changed my heart.  Having a little 18 month old guy following me around saying "Papa, papa" melts even this old surfer's heart.  Still miss SUP surfing terribly, but I am OK with the change.  Actually dealing with a little depression from surfing withdrawal, it's been my identity for 45 years, but thank God for the great mountain biking here.  If it weren't for that, I would go insane.

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 16, 2019, 02:08:55 AM »
I'll be honest.  I'm still floored that your wife expected you to just pick up and move and give up your lifestyle.  I hope she appreciates what you had to give up and at least has some understanding and sympathy.  So now that what's done is done, maybe as others have suggested it's time to take up kiting or maybe windsurfing.  Also maybe SUPing without the surfing aspect.  Are the good coves and bays to explore in NC? 

I have transitioned over to mountain biking which is something I love, but not as much as SUP surfing.  Flat water paddling doesn't do it for me.  The big payoff is being 5 minutes from my two grandsons and our kids, we are all close.  I traded surfing for being with my daughter and getting to watch my grandsons grow up, so it's a good trade.  But moving away from the beach has been tougher than I imagined.  Thought I would drive to the beach every few days, but combining a 3 hour drive with not finding surf has made it difficult to get motivated. 

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General Discussion / Re: SUP Booby Trap on YouTube
« on: June 15, 2019, 01:14:28 PM »
Oh man, 5:10 makes me ashamed.  That guy is violating one of the cardinal rules:  "If you are just learning to SUP surf, stay away from the lineup"

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General Discussion / Re: Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 14, 2019, 02:59:11 PM »
No, but those are nice ones.  I'm using the cams on Surfline.  Either way, it's flat

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General Discussion / Bummed with North Carolina Surfing
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:45:15 PM »
I have not found good waves once in the 9 months I have been in North Carolina.  I have been checking the cams for Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach Pier, the closest breaks, almost daily and have only seen ridable waves a couple of times.  I expect that there is surf somewhere and I just don't know where to look.

Made the mistake of spending a couple days at Oak Island because the family wanted to go there, brought my big SUP and never got it wet; I guess the area around Oak Island is the worst for surfing.  Looks like I will have to make the 8 hour drive to the Outer Banks to get some waves.  I've been back to Cali a couple of times and got decent waves both trips. 

The positive news is that we have bought a different house here and it backs up to some pretty good mountain bike trails, so I can ride every day straight from my backyard and I love to mountain bike.  I really miss the ocean life, but my wife is really happy and that means more to me than anything....uh, I think.

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General Discussion / Re: Things Ain't What They Used To Be
« on: May 29, 2019, 08:25:08 AM »
Thoughts and prayers are going out to you.  It's hard to keep the depression at bay when you can't go out and do the things you love. 

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