It’s been a pretty epic week for UK surfers on the west coast from Penzance to Padstow, Harlyn to Hell’s Mouth and as usual, I missed it. A combination of being 3 hours from the nearest break and being broke after holiday meant all I could do was watch on the webcams. I’m also still a bit broken from Morocco so it’s probably best that I stay in dry dock.
There are a so many down sides to being a landlocked surfer but, instead of whingeing about it I started to think about the plus sides. Of course, I’d rather be living in a beach house right in front of my favourite break with the Silver Surfer but, I have to put a positive spin on my landlocked reality. Please, just humour me this is part of my therapy.
the benefits of being a landlocked surfer
You will ride anything. Someone once said to me that the best time of your surfing life is when you are beginner as the better you get the worse the waves get. I get this, the better you get at surfing the less likely you are to get in onshore chop but, as a Landlocked, rubbish surfer progress is much slower and so this phase of getting in for anything and loving it lasts longer.
Generally, property is cheaper inland in comparison to near surf spots. My cosy attic in the East Midlands is cheap as chips and on the salary I’m currently on with only working 39 weeks a year, keeping living costs low is paramount.
Every surf is a holiday because you have to travel and stay over night. You take every wave you can grab and surf until the very last moment you can because you know next week when you are home you would give anything for one more wave, just one more……
You will discover the beauty of this amazing country. I’ve surfed in North and South Wales, Devon, Cornwall, North Yorkshire and Dorset and there’s 100’s of miles of coast I’ve yet to see let alone Scotland and Ireland yet to discover. If I had a break on my doorstep perhaps I wouldn’t have explored the Uk coast so much.
You go to huge efforts to surf , which proves this isn’t just another fad so your mum, partner, boss, mates from the pub can piss off.
Transport links are really good. I have 3 international airports under an hour away. This makes Portugal, France and Northern Spain viable for short breaks. Being centrally located also means it’s equal distance to the East and West coasts of the UK.
You are the special one. You are the only salty soul at work, at the gym, out of your friends or in your family and no matter how crap you are at surfing you’re always going to be the best one around you. For someone who is as crap as me this is a fantastic illusion even if it’s not true.
You will meet a lot of new people. In an effort to connect with other surfers I joined a number of online communities and as a result I’ve met some wonderful folk in person who I might never have reached otherwise. This is especially true of connections I have made through Surf Senioritas and this blog. I’m building a little network of surf buddies all over the place.
Excitement. The anticipation of a surf never grows old and for the Landlocked surfer this anticipation has many manifestations. There’s the booking time off work, the countdown, lists, planning, researching accomodation, reading about spots and then the nervous checking of the surf report in the run up to S day. Quite simply, anticipation is the sweetest part of longing.