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img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-3077" src="http://www.driftsurfing.eu/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/driftpaul-waxing.jpg" alt="driftpaul-waxing" width="275" height="176" srcset="http://www.driftsurfing.eu/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/driftpaul-waxing.jpg 275w, http://www.driftsurfing.eu/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/driftpaul-waxing-100x65.jpg 100w" sizes="(max-width: 275px) 100vw, 275px" />There’s something special about the first day of a new swell….

A palpable excitement in the air, the carpark filled with happy faces and anticipation. Often it means seeing people for the first time in a couple of weeks, especially in winter. The air is filled with the sounds of van doors closing, wax being rubbed onto boards and friendly banter as everyone gears up to hit the water, sure of fun waves in good company.

For me it’s even more special if it’s early on a crisp autumn morning like this day, a rare morning when the only people at the beach were the regulars and a few early risers walking their dogs. Walking to the waters edge with friends, smiles wide, faces full of anticipation.
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Although we moan about the number of people in the water, in reality, i’m sure surfing in solitude the whole time would be pretty boring. I have no doubt that the interaction between the regular faces “sharing the stoke” to use a hackneyed phrase, and the sense of community that each beach has, really adds something to the surfing experience for me.
Our beach is long enough to get a good peak to yourself if you are prepared to hike far enough yet most of us rarely bother unless the crowd numbers are past ridiculous. Happy to sacrifice a few waves a session to others for the pleasure of shared experiences.
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In case you were wondering, chest high & reeling, keel fish & big smiles!

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