This was a lazy weekend. The laziest of the lazy, except for two hours of soccer practice in which we (my soccer team) found ourselves strenuously running up and down the National Mall, doing our best to avoid the tourists that dared wander onto our field. The weather was perfect (mid 60s). True, it could have been a bit warmer, but after 20 degree temps, I’ll take what I can get.
I had a million things to do this weekend, but had an excuse for each of them.
File taxes? Eh, I still have a month.
Register for classes? I’m sure they won’t fill up just yet.
Clean my room? Whateverrrrrrr.
Instead, I spent three hours on Saturday researching MD-VA-DE beaches. Any hint of warm weather automatically does it to me. OMG THE SUN! SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Growing up in California, summers were spent at the beach, which meant surfing seven days a week for two months straight. Summers in DC are almost unbearable. Humid, sticky, and no beach in sight, just miles and miles of asphalt and concrete crowded with thousands of tourists. Last summer I would bang my head incessantly against my desk while watching Surfline’s 30 second Oceanside camera (really, quite a productive use of my time). I wanted to go to the beach so badly it hurt. But, two minor obstacles: no car and no board.
Well, problem number one was solved back in October when I bought the XTerra. I had been mulling over the idea all summer, but it wasn’t until I went back to California for Labor Day weekend that it really occurred to me…”If I had a car…I could drive…to the beach. Perhaps I should buy one.” Effin’ brilliant, Lindsay, just, you know, putting that education to work.
Now that problem number one is solved, I just need to buy a board, so I’m planning to hit up a few shops in April. I have three boards in California but it’s not worth it to ship any of them back here, especially if I end up moving back someday. By far my favorite is my 6’10″ egg, which I’ll be looking to duplicate out here, but maybe add a few inches to make it 7′.
As for where to surf, everyone says Ocean City, MD or the Outer Banks in NC. Both are pain in the ass drives (3 hours for OC, more for NC), but not much you can do about that. I’ve been intrigued by Assateague National Seashore, which is near Ocean City, but not at all developed (and therefore, less crowded), being a National Park and all. From what I’ve read, there are some surfable, albeit small waves in the summer that work best if you’ve got a longer board. If you’ve got a 4X4 you can drive on the beach, and if you want to camp, they will let you do that.
I’ve been drilling every local I can about the beaches they go to, especially Assateague.
“Oh yeah, Assateague. There are ponies there.” (Apparently there are wild ponies that populate the island)
“Forget about the ponies! What are the waves like?!”
A useless question if you’re asking someone who doesn’t surf. Better to just ask Google, wannasurf, and Surfline.
Anyways, Assateague looks like it could have some good days:
Now you know where to find me this summer.