2004-08-27 / Sports

Henrick’s Surfing Update: Surfers-in-Training

By Henrick Karoliszyn Surfing Columnist

By Henrick Karoliszyn
Surfing Columnist

With the multitude of people learning how to surf in Rockaway, the amount of boards seen in the water do not always signify ride able waves.  Many beginners are only out for the first few times, getting used to their surfboards and/or the tide changes, as lifeguard, John Leonard explained.

“The surfers-in-training just want to go out there to paddle around sometimes and maybe get to know the shifts of water coming in and going out, but it does not mean there are waves though.” There is a wide range of new surfers from kids to adults, practicing in any conditions. “They are learning the surfing thing,” said Leonard. “It is good to get used to the board and understand the ocean before riding big ones”

This week proved to be mostly small. Timothy Gibbins, who has surfed for over 3 years, said after work on Tuesday that he came to check out the waves in a hurry and rushed home to change after seeing five surfers out. 

“I could not believe it,” said Gibbins, “When I came back I saw they were all beginners and I did not realize when I first saw, the surf was flat.”

With only Friday being a surf worthy day, there were even more riders out than usual as Leonard observed. “I saw the most people I have seen in about three weeks,” he said, adding, “With the surfers-in-training, there are always more riders.”

But this is also seen a positive development. “It is good to see the new breed,” said Gibbins, but added that he had decided to change his barometer of judging waves before getting in the water the next time.

For the following week, waves will come back on Monday for Long Boarding, from the peak time between 6 and 7. The rest of the week should pick up after Wednesday, while the weekend will look to provide some strong swells in the morning hours. “Just make sure you watch the water very carefully before you race home and change,” Gibbins warned.

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