Are Surfers Crazy?

545513_10151068901303949_1177005509_n This past weekend tropical storm/hurricane Erika greeted the area. Although it never gave us a direct hit or the massive swell that we had hoped for at least we got some solid surf for the first time this summer.

Thinking about how much most surfers prayed for the hurricane and hurricanes in general, it made me wonder is we aren’t all just a little bit crazy.

After all, who else other than meteorologists and post disaster contractors pray for something as potentially destructive just so they can enjoy some tasty waves or to make a buck. Obviously not the general public or people who are in their right minds.

But praying for hurricanes isn’t the only indicator that we surfers are a few fries short of a happy meal. We also regularly share our space with sharks, jelly fish and other assorted critters who at a moments notice could send us to the morgue.

We also don’t seem to have a problem dropping into seemingly un-makeable close out sections, paddle out into toxic waters if the surf is good (sometimes not even if its that good) and jeopardize our careers by skipping work or school (yah I’ve done that more times than I’d like to admit).

But I guess that’s what makes us the special breed that we are, the nonconformists of the world. And as the popular old song lyrics go, “If we weren’t just a little bit crazy we’d all go insane”.

Thanks for checking in, see you next week and please join me in a prayer for the next tropical storm (LOL).

Aloha, Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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