20 5 Surf Goals for 2017
2017 is the year of travel. Mexico and Central America are high on my surf travel destinations list. They boast a plethora of world-class locations. Most even have the comforts of warm water, waves year round, and are relatively inexpensive. If you are living in Southern California a great way to find cheap airfare is to fly out of the Tijuana airport located just across the boarder. The airlines in Tijuana fly to most destinations in Mexico and Central America. This year I plan to make at least three surf missions to foreign countries in search of waves and adventure. I also want to make it a goal to pack light and only bring the bare necessities; passport, couple surfboards, swim fins, mask and snorkel, sandals, sunscreen, camera, just a few board shorts, tee-shirts and board short liners. The entire package should easily fit in a large backpack; so whether you’re bus hopping around Peru and Ecuador, hitch hiking on Mexican farm roads or taking taxis from the airport. Packing light and just having a board bag and backpack makes getting around much easier.
This goes without saying, but as the years go by I’m still astounded by how many times I hear those infamous words, “well you should have been here yesterday”. This means I plan to get up earlier before work in search of waves and paddle out even if the conditions don’t look optimal. Because I can’t even begin to count how many fun surf sessions I have had when I went out doubting the conditions and ended up having much more fun than I expected.
Shape my own Surfboard-
I have long admired the art of surfboard shaping and 2017 is the year that I want to experience it for myself. I don’t plan on getting it right on the first try but with my shaper friends help I know I make a pretty fun mushy wave board. Shaping is relatively easy and only requires a minimal amount of tools and allows for a lot of creativity to flow into the project.
Glassing and fin placement on the other hand is probably best left to the professionals. So this is the year where I want to make one weird shaped fun small wave board that will stand apart from the run of the mill shapes you see up and down the beach. There is just something so special about riding a board you created and designed and allowing the creativity to continue to flow in the approach to surfing on a wave.
Follow a Swell up and Down the Coast-
This has always been a goal of mine, but I never really seem to get it right. I know it will require a lot of driving and multiple sessions in a day, but surfing is a sport like none other where you can surf many spots and follow the very same swell as it moves up or down the coast. As far as surfing many sessions in a single day I have found that board short liners eliminate rashes if you’re fortunate to be trunking it or for the rest of us it allows for easy wetsuit changes. I was inspired by the East coast surfers that case hurricane swells from Florida all the way up into Canada riding the same pulse of waves and always trying to be in the right spot at the right time.
Eat Healthy and Stay Fit!
I know this is a goal for most people at the start of a new year, but rarely does it ever come to fruition year round. We get lazy and start making excuses. Not me. I want to be ready to go at a moments notice when the surf picks up and those big purple blobs show up in the forecast.
This year I am not going to sit out any sessions or have to paddle in early because I wasn’t physically and mentally prepared. I know it will be easy to fall out of surfing shape in those long flat spells but when the surf finally does pick up again I want to be one hundred percent ready to go.