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The Surfing Year 2008 Retrospective
"My 5 Best Surfs of 2008"
My surf session days were down from last year's paltry xx+ days to something like only xx+ days of waveriding. Nonetheless, quantity isn't everything and quality can go a long way. As in recent years, nearly 100 percent of my memorable sessions/best surf was not local coastal, in the DelMarVa, but further south and in the tropics.

March - Guanacaste, Costa Rica. TO BE MODIFIED We split our villas in two 4-day chunks, the first four at SR's and the other four in Tamarindo. We ended riding six days at SRs and plan to stay there the entire 8 days in 2007. Waves were mostly in the head-high range and consistently uncrowded. Very relaxing atmosphere and close to nirvana. We mostly rode four breaks in our cove: The Rock, The Wash, Inside Wash, and RocaRigo. (Trip with Paul Martin, Mike and Brett McDowell, my wife and family friend, Sue.)

June - Space Coast, Florida. TO BE MODIFIED We split our villas in two 4-day chunks, the first four at SR's and the other four in

August-September - DelMarVa - Tropical Storm Surf.  There's nothing like being retired to be free from meetings and project milestones and free for surf.

Sept - Cape Hatteras (Gabrielle) - GuidoPalooza.
TO BE MODIFIED Something tells me we had Florence-generated swell nearly all week. :) Bummer was that I busted my right foot early in the week long trip... could hardly walk but the foot was ok inside the flipper (just get me close to the paddleout zone!). We found strong offshore conditions at, and south of, the hook, but the swell was so head-on that it frequently closed-out - you had to pick your waves carefully. The best session was shared with DaGriz on Friday in Avon, overhead and bumpy. Nonetheless, Hatteras is always a great place to visit and this year's GP included a great bunch of folks and some excellent cookin' plus A+ coffee (fresh beans were roasted and espresso'd on the spot). (Cast of characters from GuidoPalooza.)

October - VaBeach - Ride For A Cause All Paipo Team. TO BE MODIFIED Surf and weather was out of control during the week (and most of November). Not to mention I bagged a nasty cold the second day out and left for home two days early before the 80mph winds hit the coast. Did I mention the twelve inches of rain over a 24-hour stretch? I did catch one fun session at a well known cove while the experts shredded the point in 8' to 12' conditions. (Nice cottage in the Little Apple with former schoolmate Leon, Paipo Jim, Andy and the kids.)

October - Space Coast Wedding Surf. TO BE MODIFIED Surf and weather was out of control during the week (and most of November). Not to mention I bagged a nasty cold the second day out and left for home two days early before the 80mph winds hit the coast. Did I mention the twelve inches of rain over a 24-hour stretch? I did catch one fun session at a well known cove while the experts shredded the point in 8' to 12' conditions. (Nice cottage in the Little Apple with former schoolmate Leon, Paipo Jim, Andy and the kids.)


Honorable Getting Wet Mentions: N. Oregon in May, Florida Space Coast in May, VaBeach for  a nibble of TS Barry in June.

Puerto Rico is booked for January 2009, and Costa Rica in April; GuidoPalooza in the OBX in Sept; the Space Coast in October; and, PR again for the annual year-end or January. Retirement in May 2008 or January 2009 will me, "More surfing, less working!!!"

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