A place I would like to hang out at, for sure. Actually, I think I might just do that …
I wish I could spend some time there too. I did visit the island about 10 years ago. What a beautiful place. And there’s something to be said for the mystique of high-latitude surfing.
I’m from down south in South America (Uruguay) and we’re basking in our summertime now, but our winters are also 6/5 with hoodie gloves and boots. That means my 40 year old ears have more bone in them than actual hearing stuff, so who knows how much more they can take…
But hey I got to surf yesterday, and I paddled back in with the moon high in the sky so don’t bury me yet!
Love this site. It keeps reminding me of who I truly am. Keep it up –
We’re crazy happy you enjoy the site, PJ. Comments like yours keep us motivated to find quirky, hidden and interesting pieces to share. If you haven’t already, take a peak at our print journal we put out as well!
Both places sound and look cold. What is the surf like in summer in Uruguay and Vancouver? Or is all the swell during winter? PJ, I love how your body (ears) is becoming aquatic. Like a seal.
I guess if I don’t mind being deaf, a completely sealed ear is a solution for cold weather surfing. Problem is I’m also a musician but… what would I choose, surf or music? Tough one, but music is in the heart anyway so surf, I guess. Plus, surf can be music.
My growing dorsal fin is an entirely different matter. It itches under my wetsuit, and it can be socially inappropriate in certain circles…
They are both pretty exposed coastlines. I reckon they would have swell most of the year round. Autumn, of course, being prime like anywhere. Not sure how cold Autumn gets though. Imagine if you could be insulated and surf like a seal, now that would be something to crow about.
You would think so, since we’re exposed to the roaring forties (same systems that send swells to South Africa) but we are in the mouth of a massive estuary that over the ages has created a huge continental shelf that pretty much stops all that. So we are mostly dependent on local windstorms pumping up the waves.
On the good side, we do have a lot of those. And that means you do have great surf here, just not everyday. The first calm day or two after a storm you get perfect surf, but consistency is our biggest problem.
It’s not as cold as Canada here, we have a hot (UV-rich) summer, and spring and fall are lovely. Fall is the best, when all comes together (temperature, scenery, wind, swell). In winter the water is cold because we get the Falklands current which brings along penguins and whales, but outside it’s not so cold. An average of 10 degrees Celsius, without snow. Just a lot of crazy wind and rain storms from the sea, so you have to watch out for windchill.
Consistency is a problem here too, PJ (China) But like you, enthusiasm isn’t.
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