Heading down the line…

13 11 2010

Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island BC...





Jordan River…

13 11 2010

Happy after a productive day...

Since we had the day off on Nov 11th and I was in the army for 10yrs I didn’t feel any need to participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony so we cruised up to Jordan River.  We started the day on SUPs and I can’t say I mind how easy it is to cruise around on those boards.  You can move anywhere you think is a good idea with about 20% of the energy drain that paddling on your stomach would entail.  However, the downside is I’m finding it harder to spin around quickly and get ready to catch a wave that’s near me.  On a prone surfboard it’s pretty simple to spin around on a dime and get ready to paddle into the wave.  So they both have pros and cons.  It’s cool to have both options because when my arms are worn out from prone paddling I’ve still got lots of energy in the rest of my body and I can hop on a SUP for a while.

The bad news is I’m still not surfing as well as I’d like.  The good news is I was for sure the best of the 4 or 5 beginners in the water and I’m definitely making progress every time I go out.  If there is one thing my long hard road to learning to kiteboard has taught me it’s – as long as you are making progress each day you’ll get to your goal.  I was pleased that I caught 75% of the waves I tried for.  I’m standing up and riding them better although I need to be more fluid and more precise about my pop up.

My weakest point is my arm strength. I don’t do any other sport that requires a swimming motion so it doesn’t take long before my arms are lead and I can’t paddle to save my life.  It’s very humbling to literally not be able to use your arms they are so tired.  Of course this has the obvious benefit that I am gaining fitness in an area where I can really use it.  I just need to stick with it and surfing will be a great addition to my quiver of sports and make me more balanced.  Kurt is an advanced swimmer so I’m going to get him to give some tips and I may even hit the pool a few times to get my swimming fitness to a basic level.

I found out Sharon ate the last muffin while I was in the water!

I still have that lingering cold, but I don’t feel so weak and I’m pretty much determined to ignore it.  Life is too short to be sick!

BTW – I’ve decided that surfing and SUPing are the perfect rainy day sports.  It was raining moderately to heavily all day and frankly it made zero difference inside my wetsuit.  Victoria hasn’t been half as rainy as I thought it might be, but it’s nice to know that when it does rain we have an arrow in the quiver…=-)