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Inconsistent riding
« on: September 12, 2006, 05:30:55 PM »
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  • Iím hoping to get some thoughts/advice from knowledgeable folks here Ė Iíve noticed that on some days, Iím able to ride my short board decently.  (Iím not a good surfer, just a borderline kook) but on other days, I canít catch/ride a wave to save my arse and just totally kook out.  I donít know if itís the shape of the wave thatís causing me to be inconsistent or I need to rethink about how I approach a set but Iíve watched several of you folks out there and regardless of the shape/size of the wave, theyíre tearing it up.  This has been bugging me since the other weekend where I was just totally off and couldnít figure out what the hell was up.  Any suggestions or tips?

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #1 on: September 12, 2006, 05:40:58 PM »
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 05:44:43 PM »
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #3 on: September 12, 2006, 05:51:42 PM »
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  • If it makes you feel any better, same happens to me... but overall I'm consistently getting better. You definitely have to get used to the different types of waves around here... big difference between how you tackle wind waves + ground swell. Most of the folks I see doing very consistently well have surfed for 4+ years. I'm pretty happy where I'm at after 2, looking forward to the next 99. (I'm going to patent a device that holds my colostomy bag securely on my wetsuit)

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #4 on: September 12, 2006, 06:50:29 PM »
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006, 07:20:13 PM »
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  • Cheap guess, with too little information, your board needs a little more volume. And/or you absolutely need to surf every time possible. I force myself to grovel in anything rideable (or I go to the gym, so I have inspiration) to stay in shape and keep my timing. It pays huge dividends as when a swell finally hits I get plenty of waves and I am usually right in sync from the get go.  Today I last through three or four crew changes (4+ hrs.) and just kept making cycles. That was my payback for slugging around in onshore slop on crappy days.
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #6 on: September 12, 2006, 07:39:07 PM »
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  • from one borderline kook to another, i think the inconsistency is just inevitable with any physical activity.

    take running.  how is it one day you feel like 10 miles at an 8 min clip is easy and another day you can barely jog 3 miles?  overall, with consistent training you keep improving, but i think the dips happen on your way up.  at least, that's what i tell myself. 

    and actually, for women, so i've read, we're less coordinated and have less energy right before our periods.  i'd concur on that.

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #7 on: September 12, 2006, 07:46:31 PM »
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  • from one borderline kook to another, i think the inconsistency is just inevitable with any physical activity.

    take running.  how is it one day you feel like 10 miles at an 8 min clip is easy and another day you can barely jog 3 miles?  overall, with consistent training you keep improving, but i think the dips happen on your way up.  at least, that's what i tell myself. 

    and actually, for women, so i've read, we're less coordinated and have less energy right before our periods.  i'd concur on that.

    wait... you jog 10 miles?  jog?  10 miles? 

    isn't that a marathon? 

    joisy is 10 miles from my house in queens.

    dang!
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #8 on: September 12, 2006, 10:11:49 PM »
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  • on the inconsistency thing....

    everyone has good days and bad days.

    evaluate what is going wrong on the bad days.  think about your mindset on these days.

    i find that on my bad days, i am often angry or tired or depressed or otherwise disturbed.

    obviously, since i've recognized the cause, i've been avoiding these feelings to the best of my ability and i can see just how much it affects my surfing.
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #9 on: September 12, 2006, 10:25:25 PM »
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  • usually if im having a bad session ill get out. put my board down, sit down on the sand and take a deep breath and watch the waves for a little bit and see how other people are doing and bassically recheck hte waves. then paddle back out and usually ill surf/feel alot better

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #10 on: September 13, 2006, 07:16:21 AM »
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  • Iím hoping to get some thoughts/advice from knowledgeable folks here Ė Iíve noticed that on some days, Iím able to ride my short board decently.  (Iím not a good surfer, just a borderline kook) but on other days, I canít catch/ride a wave to save my arse and just totally kook out.  I donít know if itís the shape of the wave thatís causing me to be inconsistent or I need to rethink about how I approach a set but Iíve watched several of you folks out there and regardless of the shape/size of the wave, theyíre tearing it up.  This has been bugging me since the other weekend where I was just totally off and couldnít figure out what the hell was up.  Any suggestions or tips?

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #11 on: September 13, 2006, 08:15:49 AM »
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  • usually if im having a bad session ill get out. put my board down, sit down on the sand and take a deep breath and watch the waves for a little bit and see how other people are doing and bassically recheck hte waves. then paddle back out and usually ill surf/feel alot better
    great advice young grasshopper!

    so many factors play into a session, physical, mental, emotional...everybody makes great points here. last year i could do well one session (or one wave) and then be a total and utter kook the next and the worst part was i had no idea WHY. i've definitely been more consistent in my performance this year, with a third year of surfing under my belt, and i'm less hard on myself when i don't do well. i think that feeling in the dark about why i wasn't surfing well was what often pushed me to tears; now if i blow a wave it is easier for me to diagnose the cause (and there are so many).

    anyway, great post homeslice...and fwiw, the thing that helps me improve the most is travel. every time crackie and i go on a trip and surf a place with waves that break consistently and break well i return a better surfer. that's awesome! then i can tackle the less than ideal conditions at my home break with a better skill set.
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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #12 on: September 13, 2006, 08:16:43 AM »
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  • I suck really bad in really choppy conditions, I dont know why I just do.

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #13 on: September 13, 2006, 08:25:10 AM »
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  • surfing has such a huge mental component-never mind the huge physical componemt....if you get shaken, or your rhythm is off, you are going to surf like crap...(it's the new golf remember  ;) )

    When I'm surfing like crap,...or I'm being too competetive, or trying for every single wave and missing them.... I'll sit on my board for a bit, slow down, and try to find my own rhythm with the waves..it can be really hard to do if it's super crowded, or somebody just cut you off, or the wind is blowing 35 knots...

    For me, the biggest thing that screws with me here is the hard offshores.....I love finding scraps and bobing like a seagull in the nasty onshore days....

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    Re: Inconsistent riding
    « Reply #14 on: September 13, 2006, 09:15:55 AM »
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  • Thanks everyone for great pointers/thoughts Ė Like  you said Northstreet, Iím starting to realize that surfing is becoming more mental than physical at the stage that Iím in Ė thatís not to say Iím in great shape or anything but understanding more of the conditions that Iím in is becoming more important. 

    The more I think about it, a lot of my bad days occur when itís over crowded and everyone is jockeying for position or Iím worried about dropping in or nailing someone with my board.  Iím competitive in many things but one thing that I donít want to be competitive with others is in surfing. 

    Definitely good advice on sitting out for a bit, observing others and think about why Iím missing the waves.