Paddling into a wave on the set, getting the board on the rail and throwing some spray, is always the best way to end a session. You feel like a champ when you step off unscathed in the shorie, pick up your board and trot back to the car, however unless you are a surfing rock star this isn’t usually how a session ends.
There is a tipping point towards the end of every surf where the stoke tank is sufficiently full and the tired factor kicks in, your noodle arms have gone on strike and you make the decision to call it…’Im just gonna get one more’ because the unwritten surfers code says you don’t paddle to the beach at the end of a session.
For most surfers once you make that call on the session once thing becomes certain … the lull kicks in and every wave has someone else riding it! Its always an easier decision to make when the surf is serving up mushburgers as every wave is the same so your last will just dissolve into the accepting fact that its okay to simply ride one in.
But when the surf is anywhere on the scale from mediocre to cranking most surfers are faced with this dilemma… once you have caught that last wave, if its mildly average as you pull straight to shore you consider your options of pushing through the next set to get another ‘last wave’ potentially leaving you with a better high. On flip side, if your last wave is an absolute smoker, you are left wondering…maybe the tide has just changed, maybe its starting to pulse better,
do I have enough left in the tank to squeeze in one last wave?
“Just one more ride” is something we have all said so many times over.
I have learnt not to look back, ride that last one in and keep walking up the beach because I know I have banked a great session and tomorrows another day!
Where will you be able to bank a great session this weekend? Friday brings glassy conditions with a super light NW winds, Muizenberg a fun 2-3ft and the Atlantic in the 3-4ft range. Saturday’s wind swings light SE, both coastlines to within the 2ft range. Sunday forecasts light North wind and drop in swell so pull out the Longboard or SUP for a playful session at Muizies.