East Coast Snow Surf – Manasquan,NJ

Last catch up post I promise, the rest will be from Hawaii. Surfing as much as I do in Hawaii I had to mention how my crazy friends Tyler and Neil dragged me out to the beach in New Jersey to go surfing while the snow flurries were still falling. It put in perspective how fortunate I am to be able to wake up, walk ten minutes, and surf in seventy-five degree water everyday. Whereas these guys have to pack up the car, drive an hour down the Garden State Parkway, put on about fifteen pounds of rubber, and jump into thirty-nine degree water. All this in twenty-nine degree weather (are you getting cold yet?). The suits felt and looked absurd but they kept me warm, no matter how ridiculous I looked. It was definitely different because in Hawaii the only reason I wear a rash guard is to prevent my back from getting burned from four hours in the sun and my chest from getting, well, a rash. Hence the name.

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So as you can see we looked more like ninjas than surfers, and the giant ten foot classic longboards only added to the hilarity of the moment. The one thing that wasn’t funny however, were the waves. No, they were pretty much perfect. Perfect, empty, and completely glass.
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I hadn’t surfed in just under a month, so even though my heart was racing from the fear of how cold that water was going to be, I jumped right in and started paddling. The funny thing is that unlike in Hawaii, this was a beach break, didn’t have any reef that would cut up my feet, plus it was shallow enough to walk in. Tyler decided to point all these things out as I was fifteen feet ahead of him paddling, fighting for a breath, and looking ridiculous in my Ninja Gaiden outfit. “Umm… dude, you know you can walk it right?” I didn’t care, I was stoked to be out there.

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The strange thing is that it’s not as cold as you would think. I mean, it’s cold, but I think I could bear it if I knew it meant empty clean sets whenever I wanted. I wasn’t used to it so I was kind of paddling around and watching Tyler rip set after set, but regardless it was good fun. I was stoked to be surfing in a beach in my home state, in a different ocean, halfway across the world, in pretty crazy weather conditions. As fun as it was, I think I’ll stick with my Hawaii breaks for now. Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with the fact that the water and air temperature is forty degrees warmer.
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Neil was able to grab some great shots from the shore, be sure to check out more here.

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3 Responses to “East Coast Snow Surf – Manasquan,NJ”

  1. Captain Underpants Says:

    Woo Hoo! You gotta come back for more coldwater fun. We went out yesterday. Solid chest to head and FREEEEZING. When are you back in Jersey?

  2. Dude, thats how it’s done 365 here.

  3. I think these waves are way better than Hawaii. Really. So you should come home. Yes. Totally. *big smile*

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