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The Surfing Year 2007 Retrospective
"My 5 Best Surfs of 2007"
My surf session days were down from last year's paltry 30+ days to something like only 20+ days of waveriding. Nonetheless, quantity isn't everything and quality can go a long way. As in recent years, nearly 100 percent of my memorable sessions/best surf was not local coastal, in the DelMarVa, but further south and in the tropics.

March - Guanacaste, Costa Rica. TO BE MODIFIED We split our villas in two 4-day chunks, the first four at SR's and the other four in Tamarindo. We ended riding six days at SRs and plan to stay there the entire 8 days in 2007. Waves were mostly in the head-high range and consistently uncrowded. Very relaxing atmosphere and close to nirvana. We mostly rode four breaks in our cove: The Rock, The Wash, Inside Wash, and RocaRigo. (Trip with Paul Martin, Mike and Brett McDowell, my wife and family friend, Sue.)

Sept - Cape Hatteras (Gabrielle) - GuidoPalooza.
TO BE MODIFIED Something tells me we had Florence-generated swell nearly all week. :) Bummer was that I busted my right foot early in the week long trip... could hardly walk but the foot was ok inside the flipper (just get me close to the paddleout zone!). We found strong offshore conditions at, and south of, the hook, but the swell was so head-on that it frequently closed-out - you had to pick your waves carefully. The best session was shared with DaGriz on Friday in Avon, overhead and bumpy. Nonetheless, Hatteras is always a great place to visit and this year's GP included a great bunch of folks and some excellent cookin' plus A+ coffee (fresh beans were roasted and espresso'd on the spot). (Cast of characters from GuidoPalooza.)

October - VaBeach. TO BE MODIFIED Surf and weather was out of control during the week (and most of November). Not to mention I bagged a nasty cold the second day out and left for home two days early before the 80mph winds hit the coast. Did I mention the twelve inches of rain over a 24-hour stretch? I did catch one fun session at a well known cove while the experts shredded the point in 8' to 12' conditions. (Nice cottage in the Little Apple with former schoolmate Leon, Paipo Jim, Andy and the kids.)

November - DelMarVa. "Riding Noël - Early Christmas? Late Hurricane!" Relatively warm water but cool air and winds meant a 3/2 suit, booties and gloves for some seasonally late hurricane swell (and probably our only REAL tropical swell of the year). Saturday afternoon featured 8-10' mackers followed by some royally fun 4-6' spitters on Sunday morning.

Honorable Getting Wet Mentions: N. Oregon in May, Florida Space Coast in May, VaBeach for  a nibble of TS Barry in June.

Puerto Rico is booked for January 2008, and Costa Rica in April; GuidoPalooza in the OBX in Sept; the Space Coast in October; and, PR again for the annual year-end or January. Retirement in May 2008 or January 2009 will me, "More surfing, less working!!!"

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