Flat but pretty view of Dana Point.
The dog days of summer are almost over and soon enough the groms will be back in school and hopefully some form of swell will grace our coastline. Until then, we have minimal surf in Socal waters and I don’t know about you, but I’m slowly going crazy.
Some say this has been the longest flat spell we’ve had in years. Coupled with unseasonably cooler water temps and no significant swell on the horizon, it’s a recipe that can spurt either craziness or creativeness among surfers.
So step back from that ledge and listen up! Here are a couple of ways to stay out of the loony bin during a torturous flat period:
1.) Stay in shape!
A lot of methods can fall under this category and if you don’t have the budget to travel
in search of swell, it’s always good to keep that bod
toned for the next swell that WILL show up soon. Go for a hike
, take up a new activity like paddleboarding
or join a bootcamp
. Go on a snorkel
adventure, swim laps, pump iron. Even if it’s just 20 minutes a day, staying physically active is an important part of any daily routine. According to the Harvard School of Public Health
, exercise improves your mood
and relieves symptoms of depression
and anxiety along with a bunch of other benefits like warding off diabetes
and improving cognitive function
. So the square root of Pi is….? By keeping yourself active in between summer flat spells, you’re already a step ahead of the gang physically and mentally.
Stand Up Paddleboarder Nick Lanfranco stays in shape during a severe wave drought.
2.) Fix Up Your Stick
could always used a new wax
job and a ding
check. Try not to cry too much when you recall epic days
as you scrape that wintertime wax coat off. Be assured you will be riding some waves soon enough. Go the extra mile and buy some wax remover and make that board shine like a new penny! You might find dings that are causing your board to take on water. Repair them
! There are a thousand different ways to repair surfboard dings
and I’m certainly no master. But if you need ‘Surfboard Ding Repair 101,’ here’s a decent vid
. Who knows? You might be thankful
this flat spell happened before your board “randomly” decided to de-lam.
3.) Go on an adventure!
No swell in your neck of the woods? Maybe it’s time to take a day or weekend trip to a road less traveled. Get out of the bubble and find a spot that might have a little more exposure to swell. Bring a longboard or a fish and a couple friends. Make the most of it and stop a local restaurant or farmer’s market for lunch, crack jokes, share music or talk story. Even if you don’t score surf, know that you had some good times with friends and you experienced a new place.
There are all kinds of fun activities to do when there is no surf!
4.) Take a deep breath and don’t go insane
No matter which side of the coast you claim, flat spells can happen to the best of us. Distract yourself from slowly going crazy with activities and hobbies. Remember to take deep breaths. Ain’t no shame in snorkeling or body surfing shore break. Get out there and appreciate Mother Ocean for the other forms of oceanic entertainment she provides.