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For those with a love of the ocean and can't bare to be parted from her for long. It doesn't matter how you love her - be it surfing, sailing, scuba, or just plain swimming - as long as you appreciate her wonders and furious beauty.

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Surfers

Started by Paul Nov 20, 2011. 0 Replies

Just a little roll call for the surfers here. Introduce yourself, give a little background on your style and where you have surfed.  Continue

Single Handed Sailing

Started by Bruce Swabb. Last reply by Georges Van Horne Feb 5, 2011. 3 Replies

I live at anchor in Newport Harbor.  I spend quite a few hours watching boats sail by and am particularly interested when I see boats being sailed single handedly.  My boat is big and difficult to…Continue

What is so cool about living on a boat?

Started by Bruce Swabb. Last reply by Bruce Swabb Jan 6, 2011. 3 Replies

Funny you should ask.  I particularly like the way that it forces me to minimalize the material stuff.  I am constantly culling and lightening the load, and I definitely hesitate before buying…Continue

The Truly Tough Guys Who Work on the Water

Started by Bruce Swabb. Last reply by Bruce Swabb Sep 30, 2010. 4 Replies

I've been exploring Long Island Sound and Narragansett Bay by sailboat over the last 2 years, and I have a deep respect for the guys working the clam, crab, lobster and fishing boats.  I think I…Continue

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Comment by Brian Splash on November 28, 2011 at 10:51pm

Wondering if anyone has or has used a hobie bravo , not seen one myself other than in a mag , l thought it might be an easy boat to keep on my car , and use after work , if l were in the mood to sail .

Comment by Benjamin Troy Rud on October 29, 2011 at 4:22pm
I surf. Have for my whole life. Did it for a living for a few years. Joined the military and live in AZ now. Still drive to the coast as often as I possibly can
Comment by Michael Kerby Allen on January 7, 2011 at 12:16am
Grant,  I lived in San Francisco.  My son and I usually surfed around Half Moon Bay.  I figured Ocean Beach was a little to rough for him, I took him to a San Onofre surf camp when he was about 11, He's 20 now and I miss taking him to the beach. It was a great father/son thing to do. 
Comment by Grant Hinner on January 6, 2011 at 9:40pm

Welcome Michael! Whereabouts in California did you surf? SoCal is on my list of places to surf if I ever make over to the U.S.

 

Apparently JFK once said, "we are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are returning from whence we came". 

 

I totally agree with that sentiment and what you said. I can't help but feel that it is somehow written into our consciousness to be attracted to the ocean. Whenever we are immersed in it, physics tells us that we are immersed in energy (or at least the medium for its transport), which many surfers believe our body somehow taps into or at least gets a kick out of!

 

Anyway, I could rant on like some tripped out surfer forever on this topic.

Comment by Bruce Swabb on January 6, 2011 at 7:38am

Hello Michael (fellow Coastie),

I know I love the richness of the activity around the water.  The crusty, independent people, the wildlife all around, and maybe best of all, the closeness to the weather which plugs me in more intensely than when I lived on land in a suburb.

Comment by Michael Kerby Allen on January 6, 2011 at 4:34am

Hi Guys,

    Just joined the group and thought I would chime in.  Been living in Colorado for the last 8 years and am dieing to get back to salt water.  I grew up in NY, lived in Florida for awhile and 17 years in California.  Love to surf, scuba dive (actually worked as a proffesional diver for awhile) and spent 4 yrs in the USCG.  Just a thought, but could we have a genetic memory of coming from the water. I never feel more at home than when I'm under the sea.

Comment by William Neal on October 25, 2010 at 1:59am
Hey this summer I am heading to Friday Harbor and kayak with the Orcas!
Comment by Victor Procure on September 1, 2010 at 1:38pm
Orcas are just really big dolphins, a very smart mammal. I'd be more worried about a seal making a play date with you than an orca wanting an afternoon snack.
Comment by Grant Hinner on July 6, 2010 at 8:07am
I have only done it once. I believe I was so opposed to it for so long. For some reason, I'm fairly at peace with the whole shark thing while I'm floating on top of the water (the way they like it....go figure) but when it came to going under I was all "nooooo way man, that is way to scary"....

in the end it was so amazing and surreal.
Comment by Grant Hinner on March 4, 2010 at 8:17am
actually, one thing I've always wondered about surfing in such cold places, particularly canada and the like, is that being decked out in all the wetsuit attire makes you look very seal like in the eyes of, oh I dunno, say, A GIANT KILLER WHALE!!! seriously though, is this not on your mind? That an Orca may decide to make you its play thing?
 

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