Observations of someone who surfs and rides...what are yours?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by stoke, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. blues

    blues Been here awhile

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    You've just got to remember not to piss in your Roadcrafter.
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  2. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I'm a recently retired windsurfer, sailed for many years. Father Time finally caught up to me, its very physical. We never have issues with each other, its a brotherhood. Singletracking and windsurfing and tree skiing are similar in that you are always looking way ahead for obstacles and planning your turns. And all three give me a bonner.:eek1
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  3. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    "the snores" ha! the shores nowadays is over run by surf school beginners and like you say, small waves. blacks will always be my break of choice-but it sucks in the summer for the most part.

    for $25, you killed it for a removable rack. last cheapest one I saw was clocking in around $40
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  4. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    I piss in my wetsuit all the time and I'm also getting a roadcrafter soon. I'll have to remember that.
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  5. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    just watched the vid. man, that looks fun. funny how these threads work...start talking about surfing and riding and now I'm seriously looking into learning trials. it looks like this would seriously improve your skills for other types of riding.
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  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    I definately found socal to have a much more agressive/competitive vibe in the water, but places where there are plenty of waves like baja, costa rica, and up here for the most part not so much. When I am surfing/whitewater the kayak or riding the bike, Im involved in a dynamic experience on my own that takes me out of my thinking/rational headspace and more in a feel and react mode, which is why they are so enjoyable to me. Sometimes its hard to get some freedom from the analytic and just experience the moment.
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  7. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    I've never done that.....whatever.:wink:....I can't believe someone bought my old shorty and steamer.:puke1.........:lol3
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  8. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    My buddy wanted to borrow a wetsuit and I told him not to worry about peeing in it, I do all the time.
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  9. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    and it's getting harder to get that freedom from the analytic these days; vast reams of information are always coming at us through multiple channels constantly. we're always processing.

    motorcycles and surfing give us that gift of feel and react and cause you to exist just in the present, even if only for a short time.
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  10. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    I know this sounds outrageous and not true, but a buddy of mine craps in his wetsuit. No joke. Paddles out back, does it, zips the back zip down and floods the suit to flush it out, zips it back up and paddles back into the lineup. His need to do it is directly related to wave height.
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  11. junglemototours

    junglemototours trailplug

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    I have secret trails....no kooks allowed! :deal

    The bikes are like all day barrel rides, surfing is now over rated.
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  12. Mat

    Mat Long timer

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    As some mentioned, white water kayaking can give you that zen feeling very nicely. Total concentration and no worries about the non-immediate future because there is no room for it. The oneness with the river if it is not too wild (then all you do is try and get some separation from the river :D )

    That can also be achieved when surfing I guess (never really did it). Or even better (opinions...), snowboarding. Snowboarding is like a very long wave that is always there. Especially on a powder day. Always looking a few turns ahead, where the most harmonious track will be, cruising along just the right line mother nature laid down for us. Or "snowboard trials" in the woods, and the feeling you get when you manage a harmonious line there as well. Beautiful.

    All these things really have an impact on my cycling and motorbiking, you are totally right. Getting on the bike after several days on the board does not require much relearning, but often shows immediate progress. Everything goes smoother and nicer. The longer I ride, the smaller the improvements, but also the finer my senses get to notice them.
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  13. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    :puke1:puke1:puke1..Dude, you need to find some new friends.:rofl
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  14. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    Man, I haven't surfed in... over ten years now. But recently I met a coworker who used to surf a lot, and we've been talking about it and now we're both jonesing for it. Not sure how I'm gonna get a board on the bike, though...

    It really is sad about the vibe in surfing, though. It's one of the things that kept me from coming back- I live in the Bay Area now, so the closest real surf culture is Santa Cruz, and they really agro about it.

    Here's to the man in the gray suit! May he feed and be happy far away from me.
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  15. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    ha, that guy...an interesting individual for sure. you definitely don't want to borrow his wetsuit.

    I paddled out today; definitely putting a board rack on the bike. parking was a chore and it's only going to get worse with summer coming.

    the vibe is there, eventually you just accept it and it becomes a part of you. it's just the culture and that's fine. what's not fine is that guy that ditched his board in front of me today, gave me a bleeding scalp cut from the fins on his board, and then told me to "watch it". I ended up chasing him out of the water. that's some dangerous stuff he's doing and if I didn't call him out, he would do it to someone else.
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  16. HH

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    nothing like pulling on someones leash :evil

    what the hell, surfing and motorcycling are both good for the soul
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    miguelitro Chuchaqui

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    "hey Burkhart, wanna buy some photos?"
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  18. Tuna Helper

    Tuna Helper Rawrr!

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    I hadn't thought about it, but that may be one of the reasons I like riding. When I'm on the bike, I am in the here and now. It gives me a chance to not think of anything else like I normally would.

    I've never surfed, but I would like to someday.
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  19. stoke

    stoke ocean minded

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    that most motorcyclists would make good surfers and vice versa.

    my surfing buddy, who barely rides a bike, nailed the tight low speed u turns and such in his MSF class first time every time. we talked about it, and it's because he's so used to looking where he wants to go on the wave. that's still my weakness, every once in awhile I look down right when I pop up and usually that results in a fall.

    that didn't help him on the shifting part of the class that he couldn't master this go around (just didn't "get" the clutch), but he's taking it again soon.
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  20. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    I've never surfed but I have found the exact same parallel between riding and skiing. Same deal, need to focus, clears one's head, etc. I've made that point to people many times.
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