29 Aug 2006 12:40:00
Atticus
Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06

Sometimes "working from home" also means "going surfing," and such was
the case yesterday after I checked the reports after "commuting" to the
home office from my bedroom. :-) The cams looked decent, I hadn't
sponged good waves since....gosh...May? So I called the wife, packed up
my gear, and hit the highway.

One hour-ish later I pulled up at The Wall and was shocked to see solid
chest-high sets rolling into an offshore wind. The tide was coming in
(high in about three hours) so the sets were a little mushy, but looked
way fun. I pulled on the wettie and hit it.

In sum, I surfed almost four hours of solid chest-high fun. Conditions
varied from groomed offshore peaks for the first hour or two to dead
glass for about 30 minutes, to slightly bumpy after the wind switched to
the NE. Wave count was low for first third of session, then RILLY picked
up during the middle third, then went down again for the last hour.
Oddest thing about the conditions: at one point, wind was blowing
northerly, while the current was moving from the south. Made lining up
interesting.

I caught lefts and rights, though mostly rights, all screamers, with a
couple of cover-ups thrown in for good measure. The wife bought me an
all-black Unit X sponge for my birthday (love that woman), and the thing
is a rocket; puts me places I don't expect--surfing along then suddenly
"Oh, shit! I'm *here*. Better do THIS." Most memorable wave: took off on
a medium-sized left and saw it was mushing out a bit, so faded right
towards the peak, then cranked a bottom turn, looked up, and whoa! I'm
in the pocket. Who knew? Raced the lip all the way to the shorebreak.

I also had a chance to finally try out new Custom X fins. I bought them
because my ole reliable XL Churchills are. just. so. heavy. Wanted to
try something much lighter and with a shorter blade. Well, results were
mixed--the Custom fins are WAY ligher, but I quickly found the shorter
blades don't generate as much OOMPH. I felt like I was kicking my guts
out but not going anywhere. The Churchills might be heavy, but damn if
you can't motor. I'm thinking I'll have to reserve the Customs for
smaller days when kicking for your life isn't necessary.

And today I am sore. Indicating that I am a) out of shape b) at age 36,
no longer able to pull seven hour sessions.

Here's to the beginning of Prime Season...

Atticus
Who has to go trim his nose hair


29 Aug 2006 19:11:25
Surfer Bob
Re: Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06

Atticus wrote:
> ... the thing
> is a rocket; puts me places I don't expect--surfing along then suddenly
> "Oh, shit! I'm *here*. Better do THIS."

Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing.

> ...Who has to go trim his nose hair

Um, did you have to share that part, senor?



30 Aug 2006 08:07:34
jw
Re: Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06

In article <atticusf-706F7C.12400029082006@comcast.dca.giganews.com >,
Atticus <atticusf@rcn.com > wrote:

> Here's to the beginning of Prime Season...

Thanks for the report Atticus!

There were chest-high+ waves down here on Monday afternoon...but I
missed it.

> Atticus
> Who has to go trim his nose hair

How about the three-foot long dreads? :)

-jw


30 Aug 2006 10:48:00
Atticus
Re: Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06

Aha! You remember. Sadly, I went "respectable" back in '02, and to seal
my fate, also have a wife (Gretchen) and mortgage (condo in Cambridge).
Sponging with dreads that long got to be way too difficult (and hard on
me neck).

But I am sporting a mini-fro (not quite as large as mid-Nineties
Machado, but close), so that counts for something, right?

Att


In article <vzefourgdmp-79B1FA.04083430082006@news.verizon.net >,
jw <vzefourgdmp@vorezin.next > wrote:
>
> How about the three-foot long dreads? :)
>
> -jw


30 Aug 2006 15:28:07
Cyber Kahuna
Re: Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06


"Atticus" <atticusf@rcn.com > wrote in message news:atticusf- The cams
looked decent

I like the above!!!! Hey Skip...Check it out!

Do ya think the cams are "mainstream" now?

You can kiss my F-Stop.




30 Aug 2006 10:52:03
Andy
Re: Sponger report: Hampton, NH 8/28/06


Atticus wrote:
> Sometimes "working from home" also means "going surfing," and such was
> the case yesterday after I checked the reports after "commuting" to the
> home office from my bedroom. :-) The cams looked decent, I hadn't
> sponged good waves since....gosh...May? So I called the wife, packed up
> my gear, and hit the highway.
snip

Nice report, glad you
got it good,

Andy