Surfing v. Climbing... Complimentary Pursuits?

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socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 29, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Randy Leavitt once said in a short article that the best day surfing was better than the best day climbing...

My piece on it: the ratio of time spent climbing on a climbing trip is greater than the time spent actually standing on a board on a surf trip of same duration.

For me on the coast I can sneak in a surf in the morning before work, to do that with climbing I usually have to gym it...

At the end of this mornings session though I had about 5 waves, 2 of which were memorable and overall I felt like telling people I had gone out to work on my paddling rather than surfing...

Charles
dmons

climber
Jan 29, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
entirely different pursuits
stone isnt a fluid in terms of mortals

were still arguing how hard 9a climbed 20 years ago really are

you cant take two pictures of waves which are the same




The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Jan 29, 2012 - 02:19pm PT
Surfing's got more instant gratification. And way more assh0les where the waves are good.

They both happen in a beautiful natural environment.

Better to climb hard before surfing hard than vice versa.

Hard to beat surfing a perfect point with just your buddies out, provided your none of your buddies is a wave hog on a longboard.

The rock never changes, every wave is different.

You can surf in the rain.

It used to be that there were no hotties at the crag, and stacks on the beach, but I hear that's changed...


Can't think of two activities which go together better.
go-B

climber
Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
Jan 29, 2012 - 02:39pm PT
With both you don't want to fall at the lip!
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 29, 2012 - 02:42pm PT
I love surfing, I love climbing. ...so yes.
briham89

Trad climber
los gatos. ca
Jan 29, 2012 - 02:46pm PT
Both leave you with a deep appreciation of nature....both suck when crowded
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 29, 2012 - 03:13pm PT
surfing is fun.
climbing is fun.

sufing has better looking women....
climber chick's are...overall just not nice.


i've had the same fun both surfing and climbing in the same day!


the rock is always there so climbing is better is not a good enuff excuse.
Credit: pyro
Mondos
Credit: pyro
Pitas point.
Credit: pyro
County line
Credit: pyro
Frumy is going for it.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 29, 2012 - 03:21pm PT
I'm a far better climber than I am a surfer, but there is something to surfing that keeps bringing me back.

Now, billygoating into a chute filled with waist deep fluff, making the turn and blasting out into the bowl at sixty? That is truly sublime, and I don't suck at it like I do at surfing.

Surfing rules.
Climbing rules.
Difficult skiing rules.
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2012 - 03:24pm PT
I think this morning I was struck by the risk differences v. payoff and the amount of time engaged in the actual act... both are meaningless in most respects when thought of from a survival perspective, but in a mental health standpoint I think the are both invaluable... and when I just try to have a singular activity boredom sets in... I like the comment about surfing being more fluid/harmonious with the natural environment (at least the activity itself is, the surf industry as a whole could use some cleanliness...)

as far as access is concerned: I have to drive further to climb, but I know the rock is good, this morning time spent driving was half of our session... can't surf where its flat... suppose you can't climb where its flat either...


Charles
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 29, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
head high in Santa Cruz, I'll be enjoying the waves tomorrow! And hitting up castle rock state park for bouldering on the way home. Whoop whoop phuck yea!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 29, 2012 - 05:24pm PT
it's hitting pretty good at c-street which is near the patagonia shop.

nice thread charles.

reminds me of the video 180 south!
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2012 - 05:55pm PT
The more I think about it the less I buy the fluidity argument, water sports are fluid by default, but watching a truly adept climber, one whose technique allows fluid movement over a decidedly solid substance, is as moving as watching a surfer with similar skills... likewise being the climber or surfer who can move with little interruption over rock is amazing and feels very similar in my opinion (of course this argument negates the speed factor).

Charles

We were at asilomar sb earlier and the variety of surfers was great, some into power, some into the real open soft turn and glide of the line... others falling over themselves trying to understand just how the hell you stand up...
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Follow-up to nab #13 - rather watch a climbing film or surfing film? Ten years ago I would have said surf, but climbing films are getting very good.

Charles
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Jan 29, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
They always went hand in hand for me. . . can't tell you how many hundreds of times I've driven from YOSE/Mammoth to SoCal. . . runnin' from one dream to chase another.

:-)
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 29, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
the 4 S club:

Surf
ski
stone
sex
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Jan 29, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
only 4? What about skating, swearing, sweeping, singing. Yeah we do all that stuff round here, call ourselves the 24 S club. Were pretty rad.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Jan 29, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
Karo , you are rad! But the 4 S are the ones that you: will quit your job, blow-off loved ones , sell your soul, but hey if you feel that way about square- dancing, all the power to ya!
dave

climber
Earth
Jan 29, 2012 - 08:07pm PT
In Utah all the hard climbers used to golf. A real man's sport.

I think its a game rather than a sport, and a damn hard one as well.

Nothing in the world quite like this though:
Better than a hole in 1
Better than a hole in 1
Credit: dave
Doesn't have to be big to be fun
Doesn't have to be big to be fun
Credit: dave
PERFECT view from camp
PERFECT view from camp
Credit: dave
or pulling up on the boat to this
or pulling up on the boat to this
Credit: dave

I find it to be THE perfect compliment to climbing. Balance, timing and patience.
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
@ Dave,

1 - can I come with you at some point?
2 - can't tell the size of the wave in the first picture, but the form is great!

@ Wes,
Golf was how I got out of tradition PE in high school, they wouldn't have a surf team and I had no idea climbing could be a competitive sport at that point...


Charles
dave

climber
Earth
Jan 29, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
That first pic was taken from the cliff about 200 yds. away see me in the pit there, that session was between 8 - 12 ft' on the face. In Hawaii that'd be 4-5ft maybe occasional 6 ft.

Not a bad view when you stumble out of your tent.
Not a bad view when you stumble out of your tent.
Credit: dave

This is about 3-4ft. on face, Hawaiian = FLAT. So much fun as long as you avoid the chicken heads sticking out of the water, this wave goes for quite a ways, water temp about 87
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