| March 6, 2008
Winter surfing is a love-hate relationship .…WITH SLIDE SHOW
By DANIEL PULLEN
you like to immerse yourself in 40- to 50-degree water when it is 40
degrees outside and the wind is howling at 20 mph? My guess is no.
Neither do I, unless the surf is really good.
Winter surfing is a love-hate relationship. Each year, we look forward
to winter when nor'easters usually produce excellent surf. As the
systems first approach the island, they produce very large and stormy
surf, then towards the end of the storms, the surf begins to get
organized and fun.
If you are like me, you love that it is not as crowded in the winter as
it is in the summer and fall, but you hate putting on a wetsuit, boots,
gloves, and hood.
The predominant wind in the winter is out of the north, which helps
build surf, but it also brings colder water -- as if it wasn't already
cold enough! The surf is good and you are excited, but after you go
underwater you emerge with the worst "brain freeze" of your life.
The brain freeze brings us to the evolution of surfing. To combat the
elements, wetsuit technology has improved winter surfing in recent
years. The rubber is lighter. It stretches more, and it is a lot
warmer. And if that isn't enough, you can even buy a wetsuit with a
heater in it. And to dispel the rumors, yes, surfers do pee in
their wetsuits when necessary. It is a great way to stay warm, although
a little gross.
Oh, to be a surfer in the winter on Hatteras Island.
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