Surfing v. Climbing... Complimentary Pursuits?

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Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Jan 16, 2019 - 04:49am PT
I was buying the cheapest leashes on the market. I finally had one break in 3' NJ surf a few months ago and the leash was probably only a year old. It snapped at the swivel joint on the rail saver. It had a plastic ball joint. Now I'm buying the better Dakine leashes that use stainless steel swivels. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a surf leash break mid-cord.
landcruiserbob

Trad climber
Any island that has waves
Jan 16, 2019 - 07:40am PT

Ref: Leashes snapping.

In every instance where my leash snapped I was happy it did. Always on big days caught inside and the only way out was back out through the break. Most of the time I was wrapped around a tombstone coral head in a critical spot. The violence in the critical zone when your leash is wrapped around coral and your board so bouyant and you cant reach your ankle to pull the Velcro strap. Every 14 seconds youre getting pounded Its nice to hear the leash snap. If youre a good swimmer its always best to divorce your board for a bit...

Aloha and be well


RG

Touque

Trad climber
Santacruzcalif
Jan 16, 2019 - 01:30pm PT
The surf in Santa Cruz has been awesomeyou get the same feeling and same smile after a good session as you do after a good climbing session . Enjoy both . Both are better when the crowd is small .
Zoltani

Trad climber
LV, NV
Jan 16, 2019 - 02:55pm PT
Spent a week on LBI this past summer, nice place. Unfortunately didn't get to surf there. Hopefully I'll get to next trip. Last place I surfed was the Washington coast, f*#king cold!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 15, 2019 - 07:44pm PT
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zBrown

Ice climber
Feb 15, 2019 - 10:19pm PT

Leashes and wetsuits

What will they think of next

foot-warmers.

Tow in

Wave machines

Kites

Paddles








Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Feb 16, 2019 - 09:24am PT
Was surfing NJ this morning. 35 degree water/35 degree air (F). Today's wetsuit technology is incredible... except when a small, innocuous wave hit me just above the chin. The wave opened my hood like a balloon and I get a 35 degree flush that I felt down to my feet. Good times.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Feb 16, 2019 - 10:27am PT
^^^Scott Tallcot, the Preachers son, called that sort of frozen wave to the face "A Hero Shot"
T H

Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Feb 25, 2019 - 12:46am PT
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Pete_N

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 10, 2019 - 01:22pm PT
Why do surf leashes break so easily, and is there any good reason why they aren't rated like climbing gear or at least designed to handle greater forces?

I've seen so many leashes (or tent-stake-grade connector cord) break, and often in piddling conditions. If climbing gear failed as often as leashes half of us would probably be dead!

I buy good quality leashes and hang on to my board--the only leash I've had break recently was super old. I also take care to rinse them (not sure that actually makes a difference) and keep them out of the sun (pretty sure that does make a difference!). Obviously you can't always hang on to your board, but you're usually better off as are those around you.

What are you using "tent-stake-grade connector cord" for?! Maybe to attach board to leash? I put a small loop of 5 mm accessory cord on all my boards and attach my leash to that. I rarely leave the leash on my board...
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Apr 10, 2019 - 01:34pm PT
Will be in San Diego Sunday afternoon through Wednesday. Looks to be small so we'll head out to Black's to maximize conditions in the mornings. Or maybe be in and around PB Point for any evening glass off that might occur since we're staying in an Airbnb an easy walk from there.
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Apr 10, 2019 - 08:38pm PT
Looks like a lot of North in the swell during that window. Blacks, PB and MB would be the call.

Great temps for Woodson on Sun, Mon, Tue as well.

Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Apr 11, 2019 - 05:22am PT
Yeah, Contractor, might bring some gear for Mission Gorge. I've never climbed there. How is it? TR only? Leads? Trad? Or Woodson...
Contractor

Boulder climber
CA
Apr 11, 2019 - 03:12pm PT
South Woodson has some shady TR cracks in the 5.10+ range and a handful of nice 5.7-5.9 solos. The approach is 1/4 mile, up a hill.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
May 1, 2019 - 09:18am PT
I suspect all surfers (and many non-surfers) know about Sunny Garcia...

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/30/us/sunny-garcia-hospitalized/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/sports/sunny-garcia-suicide-attempt.html

https://www.surfline.com/surf-news/sunny-garcia-critical-condition/50679
brotherbbock

climber
So-Cal
May 1, 2019 - 12:38pm PT
^^No new updates yet since yesterday?

I heard he tried to hang himself?? Not sure if this is true or not.

Depression is all too real though.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
May 2, 2019 - 05:38am PT
^^^ Well, if he tried to hang himself and is now in the ICU, there is very little chance of a good outcome.
brotherbbock

climber
So-Cal
May 2, 2019 - 07:56am PT
https://www.surfer.com/features/friends-of-sunny-garcia-express-love-and-support-amid-suicide-rumors/

Looks like it was attempted suicide by hanging.

Man that doesn't sound very good as far as no long term side effects...
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 2, 2019 - 09:21am PT
Legendary old skool surfer Mike Doyle has passed.
Morning Glass is a great book about early surfing history, read it, if you get a chance.

https://www.surfer.com/features/legendary-waterman-mike-doyle-passes-away-at-78/?fbclid=IwAR2juYa9A5DMcbdYDag3cywW9k0D3zvT51h9fvValdxn1rXYlytHvvQx690
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 2, 2019 - 01:00pm PT
Morning Glass in a great book and even has a climbing trip with Chouinard and Hennek worked into the plot. I got to know Mike through a mutual friend Dean Betts in Wilson Wyoming years ago. Mike had the first patent for a snowboard-way way ahead of the times............
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