Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You want to adopt a surfing lifestyle?

                          Surfing in Ocean City MD

With its pristine shorelines, surfing in Ocean City is well-loved by both locals and people from all over the world. Patient surfers are rewarded with perfectly glassy head-high sets and clean swells, year round.
Paddle boarding in Ocean City is also quite popular, and the bay is a great way to experience this fast-growing sport. For people of all ages, stand-up paddling provides a great core workout and a whole new way to see the world.
Whether you're a newcomer or a veteran, we make learning to surf or paddle board fast and easy. The area hosts many surf shops that offer surf lessons, rentals and more.

Although technically defined as ‘the art of riding waves,’ surfing is really what any of us do when playing in the waves and riding them from ocean to beach. Surfing is a lifestyle. Surfing is a culture. Surfing is one of the coolest things in the world to do and one that we recommend everyone try at least once. For those that have adapted the lifestyle, we don’t need to say anything else. For those who haven’t, Ocean City, Maryland is home to some of the finest surfing on the East Coast and gains national recognition for its quality waves each year, so the sooner you paddle out and experience it for yourself, the better.
You don’t have to be a world class professional to enjoy surfing or bodyboarding in Ocean City.
Surfing is a lifestyle for many Ocean City locals who have grown up in the water. Surfers line the coast during the summer trying to sneak in a few waves in board shorts before the winter waters come back, and given that the water is only warm enough for board shorts three to four months out of the year, its truly a race against time. If all goes well Ocean City may get four truly surf-able swells the entire summer, but when tourism slows down, the waves pick up, and the water temperature drops like a wrecking ball. Surfing on the East Coast truly does not hit full potential until a cold nor’easter blows through and leaves a six foot clean swell to play on. Typically when this happens, the water temps are in the mid 50’s; if you’re lucky. If you’re dedicated to surfing enough that your willing to drop a few hundred dollars on some equipment, I can guarantee you wont be disappointed with the results.
Here are a few tips :
First, you’ll need to pick up a wetsuit. Wetsuits are made of a material called neoprene and they come in different thicknesses. The thicknesses most common for winter surfing are 3/2, 4/3, and 5/4. The numbers are representative of the thickness of neoprene in different areas. For example, a 4/3 suit has a thickness of 4 millimeters in the torso, and moves to a slimmer 3 millimeters in the arms and sometimes the legs. The thickness you chose is personal preference, but keep in mind that a 3/2 suit during January is not going to cut it.
Second, buy some booties, gloves, and a hood if your suit doesn’t have one built in already. Believe it or not, your head, hands, and feet are the main areas for heat loss. Nobody enjoys calling a surf session early because their feet are numb. Make sure all of these products are top of the line because a cheap pair of booties can and will ruin a winter session. Most local surf shops will have the proper thickness of booties, gloves, and hoods for the Ocean City area.
When you’re all set in brand new neoprene, its time to hop in the water. The biggest challenge for many is throwing on the thick suit in a near empty parking lot with a wind chill that feels like 15 degrees, but if you can get yourself by that, you’re halfway through your first winter surf session. If you have trouble working up the courage to throw on a suit outside in the blistering cold temperatures, try putting your suit on in the car, or even better; at your house if you live close enough to the beach. If your suit is damp and freezing, pouring some hot water into it will often be the best remedy, and the same goes for your gloves and booties. Nothing feels better than some scorching hot water on a freezing day. If you plan on using a hood, be sure to pick up some ear putty for plugging your ears. Surfer’s ear is real, and it can happen to anyone.
If you make it into the water, take notice of any leaks you feel coming in through the suit. Its important these get sealed so the suit can preform to its best ability. Other than that, enjoy the solitude and get to know anyone else brave enough to be out in the freezing ocean during the winter. Once you’re able to endure the cold water, you’ll find yourself begging for winter to come and get rid of the crowds during the summer.

Surfing can truly be for anyone. 
Come live at the beach and experience that for yourself.
Living at the beach is the best way to live!

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