There are so many things I love about surfing but there is one thing that I’ve added to the list of late and it’s that, at least until now as I know it will change, it is a place pretty much free of cellular devices.
Don’t get me wrong, I see the value of technology. It gives us information quickly and helps us to communicate, work, sell products and services and keep up with each others lives. But while I get the infatuation with it, at the same time I get sick of having to deal with it on a 24/7 basis.
Everywhere you go people are attached to it like it’s an extra appendage and seem to be mesmerized by it. I know, people hate to feel like they’ve missed out on something or to see how many responded to a recent tweet or post that they’ve made or a text that just came in. I get it, I really do, but I’m the type who prefers a real conversation and doesn’t want or need to get or give information that quickly.
I had a job a few years back where my boss wanted us to be connected 24/7 and he drove us nuts with it. Ten or so years ago it was a lot easier to escape from it but not now. They know or can find out where you are so it’s hard to hide or say you were at a meeting somewhere when you were really surfing because that’s what you do when the surf is up.
So yah it’s great to paddle out into the lineup and not hear the ring, beep, song or whatever is on someone’s device and actually have a real and uninterrupted conversation with someone.
That’s not to say that surfers, at least not while out in the surf, are huge conversationalists. The truth is, no matter how engaged in a conversation they are, when a good wave comes along the conversation ends, at least temporarily and the wave is pursued. (yes I am guilty as charged).
That said, once the last wave ridden has been discussed you can generally pick up the on the old conversation once again. In retrospect, I suppose in some ways that’s no different that when you’re trying to have a conversation with someone but they keep ignoring you while they check out a video someone sent them but just the same, at least when you’re out in the surf they have no excuse for not listening to you.
I’m sure it won’t be long until the line up is just as filled with the sound of cellular devices or whatever technology comes next at which time I’ll probably head off to some secluded break where all of us nonconformist go to escape technology for a time. In the interim though I’ll relish in simply immersing myself in the simple glory of hearing the roar of the ocean, the sound of gulls on the wing and the occasional conversation between sets.
Thanks for checking in this week, I hope you have a great week and hopefully get some quality time out in the cell free surf zone or wherever you go to escape reality. Lastly, lets never forget to respect the beach and do our little part to help the environment.