2010-07-26

Wavesailing, "Don't You Get Bored?"

I was on a recent "Hatteras vacation" with my wife's family. Her father rented one of those massive ocean-front beach houses in Hatteras Village, and we had an excellent front row view of the ocean during the entire week. For me, the vacation was a windsurfing score, as the July Bermuda High (discussed in the previous post) was in full swing and provided excellent wind conditions near daily (though for the family, conditions were a little rough to swim/enjoy the water). I decided to sail a few days in front of the beach house as her family had never seen me windsurf.

An interesting question arose from one of my wife's young nieces while I was out sailing in front of the house. "Doesn't Uncle Billy ever get bored of windsurfing?" Of course my wife chuckled and said, "Are you kidding?!"

Interestingly, I have been pondering this question for little while both on the water, and on dry sand. Regarding my prime windsurfing discipline; "wavesailng," I have come up with a very simple reason why I will never be bored of the experience.

Literally, every tack both out though the surf, as well as, in towards shore provides a very unique experience. Never is the ride either in or out, the same. While on the ocean over the past number of days during our recent July Bermuda High, I found myself excited, and wondering what the next ride in or out would bring. Its the essence of wavesailng for me, and why it will never become "boring." The complete dynamic nature of riding ocean surf always provides for an unknown expectation which is very fulfilling.

From catching an outside swell and riding it into the surf zone, to heading out looking for a steep ramp, or avoiding a pummeling closeout section, the moments always have my mind racing in wonder of what will happen?! Every moment is completely different and keeps me alive and wanting more.

Not sure if other wavesailors have been asked the question, but is their answer similar?

Definitely not bored, and already hungry for the next wave sesh, hopefully coming soon?!

6 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Fish said...

The same can be argued for freestyle. For the trick-oriented types out there, me included (born and bred on a skateboard), each run offers endless opportunities, whether in flat water, b&J or waves! It all comes down to what you make of it.

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger George Markopoulos said...

One of your best posts ever. Hits me on a visceral level. Man I need a Sesh..........

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Jesssie said...

Hey! I love your blog! I've always wanted to try windsurfing in the OBX but I am not the most coordinated person. Hopefully, I will get to one day. Also, very jealous that you get to do it everyday! I'd love to live in the Outer Banks more than anything. Thanks for the read!

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

I remember hearing "every wave is different" for years before I ever ventured out into them myself. Boy is that true!

Fish, the difference between the two (I say as a freestyler and a wavesailor) is that the endless variety in waves exists whether you want it or not.

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Brian Miller said...

I've thought about this quite a bit. Freestyle and waves have definitely kept me interested for years, perhaps decades, beyond what I might have normally done. But, I fear that I would be one of the many that I have observed who, once they move to a place that's frequently windy (like Maui) end up not windsurfing anymore, or end up being condition-snobs and only go a few times per year. For this reason, I must stay where I am. :)

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Marty said...

Will written Bill...I've often struggled how to explain the feeling windsurfing gives me and why it's so addictive. This sums it up perfectly... I'll be sharing with my friends and family...Happy sailing.
Cheers.

 

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