This post here on the Last Minute Hawaii blog will be about surfing and everything it has to do with the recreational sport. I personally have never really gotten into the sport itself as far as going surfing, but I love to watch it and see it on TV. Being from the east coast it is not as prevalent here because the waves just aren’t big enough to draw a huge crowd for. Sometimes, when I was growing up and we would go to Daytona beach on the Atlantic ocean down in Florida, the waves would be large enough to body board and do some surfing. I always wanted to learn how, but we just weren’t around it enough to get good at it. I have attempted it a few times but busted my butt and face after standing up!
On our rare trips to Hawaii is where you would see the huge swells for the surfers to jump on and do some big time surfing! It always amazes me to see those guys jump on ten to twenty foot waves and ride them into shore or close to it like my friend over at movers Roswell. Again, we never experienced anything like that in the Florida area, the most it would ever be is three or four foot waves and a storm had to be on the way for that to transpire! I am pretty athletic and flexible so I can stand up on the board but usually just stuck to body boarding and riding the waves that way into shore. But after a while, that gets old too simply because there is only so much you can do laying down on the board.
Go Pros have gotten very popular over the last few years and a lot of surfers have killer footage of riding the tubes with these cameras either attached to their heads or on the surf board itself. What amazing footage those things can get with high resolution and colors from the ocean there on the Pacific! Another reason that I would like to surf is because of these cameras and the potential that they have with all of the pictures.
The dangers of surfing are pretty straight forward and shown on tv all the time. You have huge waves that will throw you into the shore, sharks that will attack you and the undertow of the currents when you are out that far in the ocean. So, being a very good swimmer and aware of your surroundings is a must when out there doing your thing. It may sound sick, but just the thrill of a great white shark being able to snatch you out of the water at any moment is probably an adrenaline rush for those guys! Although I certainly wouldn’t want that to ever happen, or see it happen.
Well, there you have it folks, surfing is a fun water sport and requires flexibility, athleticism, and good swimming skills to pull off. I wish we would have grown up around larger waves and areas where this water sport would have been more popular. Oh well, I will just have plan more trips to Hawaii to practice! Aloha, as they say out there.