A Very Surfing New Year


Today’s Music: The Ramones – Surfin Bird
Days Til Spring: 79
I’m generally the quiet type. I don’t talk a whole lot. Because when I do, it invariably gets me in trouble.
Despite the fact that it was below 30 degrees farenheit this morning with a water temp of maybe forty deg F, I’d been saying I was planning on surfing new years day for several weeks. Enough to the point that A Frank Angle, on his list of “national…” days listed wednesday as El Guapo Surfing Day. Enough to the point where my boss sent me a happy new year email, closing with “don’t drown.

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Wish I’d been wrapped in a blanket like my board…


So despite the frigidity of the weather forecast, and the fact the the surf forecast was one word – Flat – I’d backed myself into a corner.
To be honest I was still planning on going when I went to bed at 2 last night. I’d cut myself off after two (delicious) beers so I wouldn’t be hung over. I even packed my bag with gloves, booties and hood and pulled out my wetsuit.
I woke up bright and early at 8 am, but my wife (The Most Wonderful Girl in the Universe) was so warm and snuggly that I stayed curled up with her until 9. But then my innate “me”ness kicked in.
By 945, I was in my wetsuit at dunkin donuts getting coffee.
By 1015, I was on the beach, freezing my butt off, looking at an ocean surface only slightly rougher than glass.

Don’t let the ripple in that pic deceive you. That wave, and all the waves were breaking so close to the beach it was like surfing in sand.
But don’t let it be said that I am a victim of common sense!

My wetsuit-clad leg, ready for battle.

My wetsuit-clad leg, ready for battle.

The waves were so low, and breaking so late, that I stood a few yards from the beach. When I saw the few surfable waves roll in, I hopped n my board and rode them the five yards into the sand.
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Those drops of water on the board are good atlantic ocean drops.

So I stayed in the water about 45 minutes. When I first got in and the water trickled into my glove, it was so cold that it took about five minutes until the water warmed up and I could move my hand again.

The waves? Crap.
The weather? Freezing.
The surfing? Horrible.
But New Years Day, I spent the morning doing something I love – sitting on a surfboard in the ocean on a beautiful morning.
And if that ain’t worth it…well then, the crazies who ran into the water in bathing suits (and a tutu) 10 minutes after I got out was totally worth it.

And you thought I had problems???

And you thought I had problems???

Happy New Year to each and every one of you to your families, and to your loved ones.
And I hope every last one of you catches your wave, whatever it might be.

113 responses to “A Very Surfing New Year

  1. I wish I could pull off wearing a tutu like that LOL.
    I am glad you had a good morning and started the New Year doing something you love. That is the way it should be :-)

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  2. Have a great year, you and TMWGITU !

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  3. Happy New Year, buddy …

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  4. This is awesome!!!

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  5. whiteladyinthehood

    It WAS an awesome post, Guapo!

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  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR GUAP!!
    Your so lucky to live near the ocean,,,even tho it’s so cold at least it’s not frozen like the big lake where I live by.
    I’m glad you got to do what you love!

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  7. Ha– let it never be said that you aren’t a man of your word. Way to follow through, the universe rewarded you with a Tutu Man.

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  8. Totally, dude… I will not hang ten… but I might hang just one big one.

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  9. Sounds like an awesome day to me, Guap. It’s what you do while you’re here that matters – weather be what it may! Happy, happy new year – hope to visit often in 2014! <3

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  10. Happy New Year Guaps & TMWGITU! I am so glad you got to spend some time in the ocean today Guaps, you totally rule! I just wish there had been some waves to ride to up your “fun” level! You’re a brave man sir!

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  11. That a way! You da man! For your effort and achievement in difficult circumstances, here’s one for you. http://tinyurl.com/ovwmc4n

    Happy New Year to you and TMWGITU!

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  12. There are some things you can’t forget (not that you want to; they just got stuck in your head). I will forever remember that January 1st is El Guapo Surfing Day. When I’m on my deathbed at 97-1/2, I’ll tell all the nurses in the nursing home that El Guapo is hanging ten today.
    Happy New Year, Guap! I wish you many wonderful days of surfing in 2014!

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  13. Aww I’m glad you made it to the surf and that it wasn’t a total wash out! Boom boom. Happy new Year to you and the most wonderful girl in the Universe :)

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  14. Wow what a crazy ass way to bring in the New Year! Just one question, where was your tutu??? Happy New Year!

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  15. Happy New Year, Guap! I’m glad you had a good time!

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  16. You, sir, are a truly certifiable lunatic, afflicted with SEVERE mental problems and in need of a padded room and heavy medication!
    You bring the padding. I’ve got the meds covered. Happy Frostbite! (Oops … er … Happy New Year!)

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  17. This was great, and yet it won’t be the greatest adventure you have this year, if The Amazing Baby Race is any indication.

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  18. Oh, I so love the fact that you did something this improbable and illogical (and very cool!). What a great memory you’ll have, my friend! Good for you!!!
    Happy New Year!

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    • I think the lesson here is don’t talk so much about the illogical, improbable (freezing) thing.
      I’d like to say I’ve learned my lesson, but I’m not that optimistic. ;)

      Happy new year!

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  19. That’s not crazy behavior. Not at all.

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  20. So wonderful a story, I can’t find words to express my pride/envy/exclamation of WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? adequately.

    Happy New Year!

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  21. What a great way to start off the year, Guap! You said you would surf and you actually went through with it in spite of the conditions. I don’t know if we can be friends anymore, I never follow through on my statements! LOL. I have been saying that I am going to do the polar plunge some year (because I have problems) but it’s very tough for a puerto rican 50 year old to actually accomplish it. Maybe next year – but don’t hold me to that! :)

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  22. Oh, dear God, I’m just happy your heart is still ticking!

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  23. Guap, I’ve got to hand it to you. Only because you are the craziest guy i “Know.” Because I do not know that guy in the tutu in spite of what you might have heard.

    Happy New Year to you and TMWGITU! I’m hoping that 2014 will be a fun filled and SAFE year for you.

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  24. Wow. Brrr. Happy New Year!!

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  25. Those guys actually make you look sane. It’s great that you followed through on your commitment to surf today. May this set the pattern for you in the upcoming year! Do what you want, in spite of common sense and weather forecasts.

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  26. Happy New Year Guap! I’m sure you could rock a tutu better than that!

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  27. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year El Guapo Style! Happy New Year to you too! I think it’s going to be marvelous!

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  28. My equivalent is a 10 mile run in the rain! Nice one and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  29. Absolutely well done to you Guap, your bravery matches Super Heroes from Chicago to Miami beach and with my poor reckoning and geography that could mean absolutely anything :(

    I think that you deserve another doughnut or ten for your high commitment but if the guy in the tutu decides to join you then make it a quick one, no I meant the coffee that goes with the doughnuts :) lmao

    Perhaps next time you could hop onto the surf board aloft your car and give us the low down on all of your best moves :) Have a brilliant Thursday Guap :) By the way, I think Curling is a much better sport for you on those colder mornings ;)

    Andro

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  30. HAPPY NEW YEAR GUAP :)

    Andro

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  31. Happy New Year! And woah, that dude in the tutu is awesome.

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    • The first lesson is to always have something silly around to distract from your (my) own idiocy.

      (But I think I need a bigger distraction. I get pretty far out there with the idiocy…)

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  32. I guess you could be qualified as a diehard now.
    But definitely not a victim of common sense, no :D. (I love that description though!)

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  33. Yay! Let’s hear it for frrrrigid water! I made gingerbread cinnamon rolls and took a bike ride (on a tandem!) to get Indian food…I should have worn a tutu….
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  34. There is no better way to usher in a new year than doing something you love, no matter the setting. Bravo!

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  35. Glad you defied the cold, warm-snugglies, and potential hangover to live out your New Year’s vow! A man of resolve, if not frozen hands. Happy 2014, Guap!

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  36. Happy New Year, Guap…sounds awesome. AND, cold. very cold.

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  37. That was great. It was good of you to begin the year by doing something you love, despite of the atrocious weather.

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  38. Wow! This is really crazy stuff, but I suppose it was nice to know that you weren’t the only crazy person around on New Year’s day. :)

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  39. Ramones – Ok you’re good.
    Happy New Year! (Love the picture of the board headed to the waves.)

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  40. You did it!!! YAY!!! happy new year Guap!!!

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  41. Though I’m not the first to say you’re crazy, I might be the first to say I like that in a person! (I didn’t read all of the comments so I don’t know if I’m the first or not but I like to think that I am.) Anyway, glad you started the new year doing the thing you love the most – snuggling with the most wonderful girl in the universe and then the second most favorite thing!
    Happy New Year, my friend!

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    • Most people seemed to be focused on the tutu in the comments. (It was a clever diversion from my crazy!)
      The best part of it was coming home and getting back to the snuggling.

      Happy new year, Sandy! I hope you have a delightfully rambling year, filled with dancing, kayaking, goats, and enjoying the hell out of yourself.

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  42. YAAYYYYYYYY!!!!! I”m so happy you did it, no matter how cold and flat… Have a great year, dear Guap :)

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  43. You should definitely wear a tutu next year. Hopefully, this will be an annual event and we will be able to witness various levels of crazy.
    Happy New Year to you.

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  44. Go You! that is rockin Dude and you inspire me.. common sense or no.. ;-)

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  45. Sabang Beach in Baler has a long stretch of sandy shoreline and a soft and shallow oceanbed, making it an ideal place for those who want to learn to surf for the first time. If you want bigger waves, locals say you’ll need to rent a motorized banca to reach different surfing spots. Other spots like Cemento Reef, Charlie’s Point and Lindy’s point are not recommended for beginners, though.

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  46. pardon, Guap, but where is it you surf? huntmode and I were trying to figure that out at C4C (we’re both in Washington state, but on opposite sides of the Cascade mountains)…. 30F air temp, 40F water temp? I’m still baffled.

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