Surfing v. Climbing... Complimentary Pursuits?


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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 10, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
Why don't they (SUP) use leashes?

Social climber
Apr 10, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
I just ordered a 12' Bark Stock paddleboard for the summers here in Santa Barbara and I'm already tired of explaining that it is not a SUP.

Ps. Rincon was lovely today.

Trad climber
los gatos. ca
Apr 10, 2012 - 08:11pm PT
Reilly SUPers usually wear leashes. At the wedge almost no one wears leashes because the wave is so damn powerful you don't want to get sucked by your board (especially a big as SUP). When i lived down there I didn't use a leash on my body board or surfboard.

Big Wall climber
Apr 11, 2012 - 01:01am PT

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 11, 2012 - 10:33am PT
I never surfed County Line.
Countless times checked, never saw it looking worthy, at least not better or more appealing than Secos, which is where I liked more and would end up surfing.
Yep, never saw it look good.
Except once.

After a late night with Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros at the Troubador, my bro and I slept in his van in the dirt lot on the bluff there.
I woke up to the rig shaking, figured we were getting rousted by the man.
Nope, just 40mph Santa Anas.
When i got out to take a leak the door was nearly ripped from the hinges.
Red dust was being blown into the lineup making the waves rust colored.
And boy were there waves.
One crispy critter sat in his truck watching and coffeeing up. I had no coffee, by the way, and the closest being down at Trancas, i was barely human- especially after the night on the Strip.
Anyway, homie gets out of his faded truck, with his faded, holey wetsuit, full 80's surf mullet, grabs his old single fin which looked like an over ripe bananna, and skips down to the cobbles.
The waves were goingthefûckoff. Overhead peaks with crazy offshores, slow mo, peeling, hollow.
Homie was the only one out and his first wave was a gem- faded into the tube with a casual pose, emerged with the lookback. Dry hair.
Next one, same thing.
He basically put on an old skool style clinic.
Aside from being tattered from the Troube and without proper caffeination, we just couldn't bring ourselves to spoil this guy's solo session.
Watching was just too much fun

So the one time i actually saw half decent waves at County Line, I didn't even paddle out.

Secos was good later.

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Apr 11, 2012 - 10:40am PT

Great read


I look forward to having the skills to be that guy
east side underground

Hilton crk,ca
Apr 11, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Headed out today for Santa Cruz, then catching the big bird to Kauai. Warm water, surf and sun. Only bummer is that I blew my ankel up last week and looks like I'll be swimming instead of surfing. Damn! I guess I'lll be fishing a lot with a bucket of coldies watching the hommies rip it. Been looking foward to warm water waves all winter. Oh well , just roll with it . injuries suck

Social climber
Apr 11, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
pyro that’s a soulful image brah.

drlefe that was a great narrative with much aloha.
I respect that you honored homie’s solo expression session.

east side underground, sorry to hear about your injury.I look forward to your report from Kauai.

It looks good for ocean activities around here for the next while.
adam d

Apr 11, 2012 - 06:19pm PT
I've been surfing my face off the last 2 weeks. Home breaks in San Luis Obispo, down in San Diego, Big Sur...and have been catching some fun swell. Some highlights:

Got the Montana de Oro Biathalon this day...surfed the canyon in the morning, hiked the peak with my lady in the afternoon.

For non-surf related reasons I'll be in Malibu this weekend and will scope County Line and Secos...maybe Jefe's old school mullet man can teach me a thing or three.


El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 11, 2012 - 10:01pm PT
Willow lookin good!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 12, 2012 - 10:17am PT
A few randoms

hang loose supertopo

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 12, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
I hope that you fully tear it up Murry!

Just another jaunt for THE CALIFORNIA SEX GOD! LOL

Social climber
Apr 12, 2012 - 03:48pm PT

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Apr 12, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
Honolua. Bucketlist.

Apr 12, 2012 - 08:32pm PT
this thread makes me happy - thanks everyone for sharing!

Social climber
Apr 12, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
this thread makes me happy
Rode a bunch of great waves today. SMILE!

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
Apr 13, 2012 - 03:02pm PT
SUP AT WEDGE?!?!?! now i have seen everything

Not quite everything! While you're waiting for Mr. Hamilton to put in his appearance check out the guy @1:09 going over Teahupoo Falls.

[Click to View YouTube Video]


Social climber
Apr 13, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Nate D

San Francisco
Apr 13, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
I'm not a surfer, but in case it wasn't posted previously, I figured some of you might appreciate this stunning film by Mickey Smith. Seems it's garnered a fair number of awards, and I realize it's a few years old.
[Click to View YouTube Video]

makes me wonder if there is (or could be) a climbing equivalent.
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Apr 14, 2012 - 01:43pm PT
Leaving on the sailboat in t-minus 9 hrs and counting. Destination: warm crystal clear waters 48 hrs away.
Surf? Hopefully, but it doesn't really matter...
Climbing? Probably not, but it doesn't really matter...
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