Now that I have had a a chance to actually GO surfing (and live a little more) - the "wait for the big ones" strategy seems like a more productive one.
November 7, 2007
Last Saturday, I spent the afternoon on the Cocoa Beach Pier watching the surfers.
The surf is not particularly high at Cocoa Beach on a normal day. Maybe a couple of feet. With Hurricane Noel spinning in the Atlantic this weekend, the surf was 8-10 feet with higher swells. Surfer's dream.
Cocoa Beach surfers were out in force on Saturday - many of them
hovering around the pier, where the sand bars created the best swells.
Watching the surfers, I spied a couple of strategies:
Catch every wave you can
surfers would swim out to the end of the pier, sit for 2 waves to catch
their breath, then attempt to catch the next wave. Once successfully
caught - they would swim back out to the end of the pier and repeat the
These kids do more actual "surfing". But it's not
always quality. Often, they are trying to make their way back to the
pier when the big ones come. And they tire out early - especially if
they are getting hit by the big ones while they are trying to swim out.
I noticed these kids are out of the water after an hour.
Wait for the big ones
surfers would swim out, and wait. It looks like they are not doing
much. Just sitting on their boards....waiting....watching....looking
for patterns. When the situation looks just right, they surf.
of these surfers misjudge the wave and find themselves on a dud. Some
of these surfers don't quite catch the wave because they start paddling a
bit late. But a lucky few catch the big ones.
These surfers are
able to stay out longer. And they seem more rested. If they misjudge a
wave, they swim back out and wait. Eventually, they catch one of the
good ones. Some of the surfers using this strategy were out the entire
So what's your strategy?