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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2018, 01:37:25 PM »
Up here in NorCal, well, as for surfing, I think the previous five years of drought were awesome - sunnier,
warmer, and still - no or light wind.

This last year, not so much.  The weather seemed to revert (somewhat) back to
the pre-drought normal.  So, more rainy and more windy - both poor for SUP surfing.
The problem with rain up here is that you really better wait a day or two after it rains
before going into the water.  We had a recent month where it would rain pretty good
one night, every few days.

A month ago, I was telling a buddy of mine that I was probably surfing about 1/3rd
less than during the drought.  Still, a lot of good days.
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2018, 05:05:28 PM »
I guess it all depends on who you ask. If you are a big wave charger, you’d be bummed out by this winter size wise. If you are a standie like myself, someone with high hopes and low expectations, it couldn’t have been any better. But, I've always been a glass-half-full kinda guy. There were few, if any, non-surfable days around here at Pleasure Point and the beaches south of town.

I added hundreds, if not thousands of waves to my permanent record over the winter.

So, I've got that going for me.
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2018, 05:59:02 PM »
In the interests of FACTFULNESS I just took a look at the data  :o

The results.  Best Year Ever in Northern California.

I have been counting every wave and subjectively rating every sessions "Fun" from 1 to 10 since December 2012.  This had a the highest "Fun" rating of any year in the past 7 despite having the LOWEST Wave count per hour.  This was definitely influenced by the FOIL but the facts are the facts.

Here is how the data played out. 

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2018, 08:43:28 PM »
In the interests of FACTFULNESS I just took a look at the data  :o

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2018, 07:27:57 AM »
i live in norcal and had the best winter/spring ever! i went to costa rica twice, el salvador and bali. so nice to hear when i got back each trip how i missed nothing.
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2018, 08:16:14 AM »
Worst winter ever in NH of the five years I've been doing this.

So far, spring hasn't been that great either.

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2018, 03:10:13 PM »
I admit that taking up foiling could provide some "condition insurance", since high tide and shallow swells can become assets.

With my luck, I would try foiling and wind up in the hospital.  I think if I ever do foiling, it will be with pro lessons first, unlike my self taught SUP journey.
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2018, 04:49:10 PM »
i live in norcal and had the best winter/spring ever! i went to costa rica twice, el salvador and bali. so nice to hear when i got back each trip how i missed nothing.

I probably found your response funnier than I should! :)

My friends and I found that it was a tough winter for surfing in Ventura.  It was either flat or when there were waves, there was smoke in the air from the fires or the water was brown from the Santa Barbara Mudslides. Spring has been kinder so far...

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2018, 05:00:23 PM »
jan-march in western LI was excellent

got a few solid sessions in RI through there as well

april and may about avg

tho ok as i got 7 days of excellent waves in CR a few weeks ago

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2018, 05:29:06 PM »
I used a different scale than swell size  ;D

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2018, 05:34:01 PM »
North Shore Oahu wasn't nearly as good as last year in my book. A lot more stormy days and choppy conditions. Still had a lot of fun though, better than some of those winters where its non-stop monster swells.

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2018, 08:21:50 PM »
The 7 to 10 years are great in retrospect, but when you're doing them, every day feels like you might be in over your head, like maybe three times over your head. I'll take small 3 to 5 and glassy any day. But it has to really be chree to fi', like Hawaiian Chree to fi. This winter we didn't even have that.
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2018, 12:45:34 AM »
The 7 to 10 years are great in retrospect, but when you're doing them, every day feels like you might be in over your head, like maybe three times over your head. I'll take small 3 to 5 and glassy any day. But it has to really be chree to fi', like Hawaiian Chree to fi. This winter we didn't even have that.

Yeah, my definition of good has shifted over the years. I lost a lot of interest in big wave surfing once I got married and had kids. Conditions have to be just right for me to go big anymore. It's something I have to work hard at and I just don't have the time anymore. These days *my* North Shore is made up of the less well known, less consistent breaks that need everything to line up just right. NW 3.5 ft 14s with light winds and I'm in heaven. Had plenty of that last year, not quite as much this year.

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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2018, 08:37:29 AM »
Winter here in NJ was pretty decent on sup, especially considering I schmooted my kidney in mid December and was benched for 20 days. A few days I also got out on a regular board. These are all different days in this collage. missing a few days when I didn't cam up.

Winter-2017-18_Text by surfercook, on Flickr
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Re: How would you rate this last winter for sup surfing?
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2018, 11:19:07 AM »
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