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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:36 PM
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I'm getting a new surfboard today and it's RAINING!!!
I haven't surfed since I was 14, and today is the day I get a 9' "foamie", but it's raining here in So Cal. It will rain all weekend so any water time will be in a bacterial soup.

I am taking the sport back up for both exercise and enjoyment, and have been thinking/procrastinating about this for a few years. I recently went to the VA for a physical and my doc yelled at me for not exercising like he advised me a few years ago (my last visit).

I am getting way out of shape and too old to ignore my health so I am now really on-board with the idea that I have to exercise (another close friend died of a heart attack last week). I hate working out in a gym, but not as much as running, so surfing is the only exercise that I enjoy and would stay with. Since I've committed myself to this I've been eager to start, but my finances are a little tight so I've had to wait till now.

Earlier in the week I scored a used O'Neil wetsuit for only $40, and IMHO there is nothing more humbling then stuffing my late 40's body in to a form fitting wetsuit. Now all these lose fitting Hawaiian shirts make sense.. Today I am picking up my board and it looks like I'll be staring at it for now. Bummer!
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:48 PM
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1. Sounds righteous dude
Best of luck and cool waves

I don't surf but I have always been well received by every surfer I have ever met. No idea why.

It does look like it is great excercise or a great way to excercise. I run.
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atomic-fly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:03 PM
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2. Is there any reason to not surf in th rain?
The water is already freezing, you have a wetsuit.
Do you ever see any others surfing in rain?
If the waves were good, I probably would.
Unless it was a lightning storm.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:24 PM
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6. Here in So-Cal runoff spikes the water's bacterial count
Almost everyone who goes into the water here in the Santa Monica/Venice Beach/South Bay area after a rain gets sick. The runoff washes gunk from the drainage channels > and the local sewage treatment plants usually overflow. The bacterial counts are what you would expect for a toilet or worst.

Just after a rain if you go into the water it even smells bad. Yikes!
I just might do it anyways, but I will probably pay for my impatience.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:08 PM
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3. I loved boogie-boarding so much
that if I lived in cali I would be in tip top shape. I would always be in the water.
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democracyindanger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:13 PM
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4. Rent "Endless Summer"
put your wetsuit on, stand on your board in your living room and make splashing sounds.
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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:24 PM
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7. LOL I might have too! n/t
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:16 PM
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5. I had a surf shop
on the east coast. I sold Hobie, South Coast, Greg Noll (sp) and several other brands that I cannot recall.

I also tried my hand at making boards-a real challenge but I made enough to rent out.

It was a fun time.

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puerco-bellies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:30 PM
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9. Very cool.
That market (Hand made boards) is being shaken up because of the closing of the major surfboard blank producer here in the U.S. I think that it will eventually prove to be a good opportunity for someone to step up and fill the void.

I don't know if the board I'm buying is made here in the U.S. It is a Surface Softtop.
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:39 PM
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10. Made my own blanks
with a three part mix of polyurethane. It and the polyester resin was not terrible expensive. I bought it in 55 gallon drums.

Carving (Shaping) the board was the most difficult part.

I bet the cost of the chemicals is out of sight now.

My experience was in the early sixties.

BTW Have fun and be careful.

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atomic-fly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:28 PM
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8. there's kenter banks when the waves are flat.
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