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How to Change Your Session’s Rhythm

Paddle out with dry hair in this week’s FWD.

cinema // Feb 5, 2021
Words by Brendan Buckley
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Surfing is said to be the act of riding a wave. 

Surfing is also said to be no more than 5% riding waves. The other 95% or so is spent paddling, waiting and paddling more. 

As an aside, I think surfing is also checking the waves, dragging a dilapidated boardbag through third-world airports or New York City, frequenting cafes, frequenting bars, going to surf shops, buying only enough wax to ensure you’ll be back soon, bragging about surfing, complaining about surfing, acquiring goods that reflect your interest in surfing, working out, wearing mustard beanies…I could go on, but it’s typically some combination of these things depending on where you land on the spectrum. 

All nice, but let’s talk about that first 5%.  

You ever had a session in which you get assaulted by a set paddling out, claw your way to the lineup, sit for a while, find yourself too deep, find yourself on the shoulder, finally get a wave, cop another set on the dome, etc? Of course — we all have. 

And have you ever had a session in which you paddle out at the perfect time, hair perhaps dry, immediately chip into a good wave, paddle back out in a rip, get another fun one and so on? I’d like to think we all have. 

Gabe had the rhythm this day. Video: Tony Modugno

It’s easy to write the former off as bad luck without digging any deeper, but there must be more going on there. I don’t think waves are the only consequence of the wind transferring its energy to the ocean. There are other things happening, other patterns you can observe, other rhythms you can feel. 

The more time you spend surfing, the better you get at tuning into that — pterygiums are just the teachings of 10,000 waves burned into your eyeballs. 

Still, there are times in which we all fail to find a groove. One way I’ve learned to combat that? Just get a wave. Any wave. 

Find a new rhythm and see where it leads. 

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One last thing: No, no, I didn’t forget about you last week. We just happened to have a few other emails scheduled and chose not to harass your inbox. If you missed last week’s Fwd, you can read it on the site here.

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