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Stay Cool During This New York Heat Wave With an Arctic Blast From the Past

We’re in the middle of a week long heat wave in New York with temps consistently hovering in the high 90’s. Since everyone is sitting around sweating, I thought now would be a good time to share a photo from this past winter. Think of this pic as a reminder to a time when we were all complaining about how cold it was outside. So there hasn’t been much surf lately, big deal. At least the water isn’t freezing. Stay cool this week.

Cold days

Watch Out for Spearfishermen in the Lineup

ocean beach spear fisherman

This seems crazy. I know almost nothing about spearfishing, but would assume that good visibility in the water is a necessity for identifying a fish and being able to propel a spear directly towards it. I’ve opened my eyes during plenty of duck dives at Ocean Beach and didn’t see much more than the nose of my board. There wasn’t anyone surfing when this guy slowly made his way into the ocean, although three people did paddle out once the spearfisherman made it past the break. I felt I should have told the surfers about the guy snorkeling around them with a really sharp projectile object, but I guess that’s just part of the fun of surfing Ocean Beach.

Jaws Themed Surf Van

jaws vw surf van

Ocean Beach, SF, CA, is a fun, let’s say, place to surf. It’s also a great place to see all sorts of weird things. After a pretty lackluster but expected start to summer surf conditions here in northern California I scored some fun waves on a Sunday before the 4th of July weekend. While I was driving home I passed this Volks surf van as the owner was getting out to pick up a coffee across the street. Doubt I’m the first person to photograph this guy’s Jaws inspired artwork of a vehicle, but if you look closely I capture the owner’s dog in the back left window and it looks like the little guy is about to become shark food!

Gimme Two to Three Footers and I’m Out There

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I spent the 4th of July weekend on dry land upstate in Cooperstown, but received text messages from buddies on Long Island saying that there were waves at Gilgo Beach. When I texted back later asking what I had missed, I was told “fun, but nothing special.”

My friend George sent me this photo of the very waves he was describing in his response, jokingly saying “Does this count as head-high?”

If you’re looking to surf Long Island during the summer and get a report of 2′-3′ waves with offshore winds… then you better be out there. If I was home I would have gone and it would have been fun.

Surprising Sunday

Sunday wave 1

Sunday wave 2

Those trusty online wave forecasting sites don’t let you down too often, but this Sunday both Surfline and Magicseaweed were way way off. I went to sleep Saturday night expecting Sunday to be nothing more than blown out surf, but when I woke up it was a totally different story. The Island was getting clean five to six footers, so I texted the crew and we were on it by 7:30am.

Sunday was one of the best days I’ve had on Long Island in a while — compare that to last Wednesday, when there were fun little waist high waves but about 45 other people in the water at 5am… The wave forecasters had it right then, but with a little less than ideal projections I found it a much more enjoyable time.

Beach Sundays

dunes

Warmer weather is finally here. So are the crowds. Winter is over, but the four-wheel driving season has officially begun. The Parks Department must sell a ton of permits, so scenes like this are likely going to become more common as we get deeper into summer. But, I’m enjoying the waist high waves and warm weather while thinking back on colder days when no one else was around.

My Hipster Surf Quiver Is Complete

surf mat

I’ve been sitting on this post for a long time and I’m not sure why. I completed my hipster surf quiver back in January on a trip to Guerneville.

The town’s five and dime was showcasing this surf mat in its window, and I happened to be strolling by when it caught my eye.

I’ve surfed a wooden board for a couple years now thanks to my brother Chris gifting it to me after he brought it out to San Francisco with him on a trip. Now, with a surf mat, my hipster quiver is whole.

The mat’s inflated for this photo, but I’ve yet to surf on it (which is pretty hipster).

Waves and Winter for Days

march waves

It’s officially Spring but the phrase I’m hearing most these days is “I’m over being cold.”

The north east had it bad, snow and cold has beaten everyone down, but I was reminded that the name of this blog is Ice Tubes so as long as the waves and the cold keep coming I will keep dealing with freezing headaches.

There were waves for the passed three days. Forget that it snowed all day Saturday, and forget that your wetsuit is never fully dry, just focus on the fact that their are waves now but soon it will be flat and you will wish these three days were back.

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Winter’s Still Here

Snow 1

Yesterday I sat in front my computer watching the snow fall outside. It was March 5. Hearing reports of good waves I went back and forth on wether or not to make the trip over to the beach. The call to go was made a little late in the day, but we got there with enough time to get a few fun ones.

Winter surf is part of life when you live in New York. Let’s call it a love/hate relationship. You know you’re doing something crazy but that’s part of rush. It’s the rush that helps get you through changing out of your wetsuit as the feeling quickly leaves your fingers.

Snow 2

New Jersey

NJ

Today I realized I have never really been to New Jersey. Living on Long Island I’ve driven through New Jersey on my way south or west out of New York. I’ve stopped by to catch a football game, but that’s about it.

When the wind’s blowing out of the west it kills the waves in New York, taking a solid swell and turning it into something useless. Yesterday, the winds were blowing westerly, so for the first time in my life I went looking for surf… In New Jersey.

I found fun waves in New Jersey, and that’s about it. I’m giving the surroundings a pass because it is the middle of winter and this time of year can produce a pretty rough looking beach town. My biggest problem was the crowd. There were only six people out, which you think would make for a mellow atmosphere in the water but that wasn’t the case. I think some of the winter surfers in New Jersey forgot that surfing should be fun. Anyhow, thanks for the waves and warm welcome New Jersey.

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