Surfing v. Climbing... Complimentary Pursuits?

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WhiskeyToast

Social climber
Hawaii
Jan 31, 2012 - 10:32pm PT
I live on the North Shore of Oahu and I don't surf. Don't climb anymore either.
If you haven't seen the recently released body surfing movie from Woodshed Films - Come Hell or Highwater: plight of the torpedo people.

http://www.woodshed.com/

http://www.woodshed.com/news-events

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOez2mFNk2s

It's a must see. I generally don't like surf films, but this is a great film.
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Jan 31, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
surfers suck salt water, climbers are friendly
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Jan 31, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
Climbers and surfers both need to go to Jalama beach and eat a hamburger!
Jalama Burger!
sufing Jalama's Tarantulas.
Jalama Winery
we need one of these made for Stoney Point.
adam d

climber
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:50am PT

g-tech

Trad climber
Oakland!
Feb 1, 2012 - 01:52am PT
How could you live without surfing and climbing? It's the only reason I live in California still.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 01:58am PT
And way more assh0les where the waves are good.

I think it's more a function of population density and competition.

I grew up in a beach town with 2000 people, most of whom didn't surf or boogie board, and it was wonderful. It was more crowded on good days, and you could choose to hang in the pack or go find your own spot.

I have plenty of boogie boarding and surfing memories emblazoned for life, just like from climbing. The peaceful connection with nature that comes from hanging out at belays is very similar to that waiting for the next surf set to come in. Just letting your mind wander, or pondering the flecks of sand suspended in the water, or the crystal grains in the granite... different texture, same nirvana.


One unique part of growing up surfing that I liked... you could be in the middle of a deep conversation with someone, waiting on the outside, then you stop mid-sentence and start paddling after the bump on the horizon. Some frenzied activity, barely surviving a few duck dives, a cool wave and some pounding through the impact zone as you paddle back out, and 45 minutes later you pick up the conversation where you left off like nothing happened. I haven't thought about that for more than 20 years, but it's still hanging back in my brain.

I miss my childhood freedom to just wake up, look up and down the coast from my balcony while putting on the wetsuit, and just walk down to where the waves look best. I'm not far from the coast now, and I drive much farther to Yosemite for climbing all the time, but somehow I lost the strong connection to surfing as a way of life. I had it too easy as a kid! Now I have to work for that feeling and I don't chase it. But I do chase it for climbing.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 1, 2012 - 11:59am PT
OK, I'll just go ahead and dump some of my keepers.










It was offshore in Tucson today.
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Feb 1, 2012 - 02:44pm PT
The surfers are as#@&%es topic keeps coming up. I think its a bit unjustified. Imagine if you were out at the crag and multiple gumbies were gumming it up all over the place - top roping hogging the 1st pitch of a classic multi-pitch, spraying incessantly, letting their dogs eat your lunch, and other retarded gumby antics. As a legit non-gumby climber, this would irritate you, right?

Right. Its the same thing surfing just replace the gumby antics with dropping in on someone, paddling out through the lineup in front of someone, ditching your board and shooting it at someone, etc...

If you surf with a decent amount of skill and know your way around a lineup or a wave, you will have no problems. If you can't do those things, then go back to the Swan Slab.
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 02:48pm PT
Jefe, yer killin me with these pics. My heart is trying to leap out of my ribcage to go find the glassy peaks.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 1, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
I'm landlocked...forced to combine the two.
Wobbly summit block surfing, Finger Rock.
adam d

climber
Feb 1, 2012 - 03:20pm PT
Dave...closer to home...somewhere in California!

Another shot, same break
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dogtown

Trad climber
Cheyenne, Wyoming and Marshall Islands atoll.
Feb 1, 2012 - 10:46pm PT
No words to describe waves like this!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
They are both about working with what nature gives you. Very complimentary.

Love Jalama! Spent part of my idol youth boating into Hollister Ranch :-)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 2, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Figure this thread could use some climbing photos

(not my photo)


My photo


mine

To me, rock and waves are the most beautiful and fascinating things. Playing on them is like icing on the cake.

east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 3, 2012 - 12:13am PT


Surf this Haole mutherf*#ker! heh heh heh

drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 3, 2012 - 12:22am PT
You wan beef?
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 3, 2012 - 12:27am PT
"no brah , I like chicken"

ps- nice shots Jefe
michael hayes

Trad climber
san francisco, ca.
Feb 3, 2012 - 01:11am PT
I have been a surfer for over 20 years, and a climber for over 30. I climb 3 days a week in the gym and outside as much as possible, and I try to surf 4 days a week (conditions rule). If the surf is really good I will surf 7 days a week and still try to sneak in a couple of gym sessions. I live only 10 minutes from Sloat in San Francisco and 15 from Planite Granite. It is about as good as it gets for a city slicker. Surfing satisfies my outdoor fix when climbing outside is not an option. Surfing dawn patrol or climbing from 6 to 8 am, really makes my day get off to a good start. I am addicted equally to both.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 3, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Missin the spot right now.




Pretty much only have crap shots of me surfing. Sorry for the fuzz.
These shots, and the others are all at the same spot(with a few obvious exceptions). Many moods. So cool.

That's one thing about surfing- you can finish what felt like the best wave of your life and you turn around and it's gone. Poof. All you have is the memory, the heartbeat, the stoke. Never to be repeated again. That's what keeps you coming back for more.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 3, 2012 - 10:35am PT

Pushing over the ledge on a heavy wave is a lot like striking out on a run-out lead. It takes commitment, skill, and a big sack.

edit : this wave is five-fun
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