So the following was a piece that i originally did for Dan Crockett's kook project but in the end didn't get used. It found a home in Corduroy lines magazine issue 13. Much as i'd love to think everyone who reads this blog has bought a copy, i know that , partly for reasons of geography, plenty of you wont which is why i'm reprinting it here........
We're pretty cool right?
Basking in the reflected glow of the way surfing is perceived by the media. Congratulating ourselves on our status as those in the know. Inducted into a tribe with it's own language, customs and traditions that those on the outside could never truly understand. Pursuing waves for the childlike fun it brings into our lives as we pit our athletic bodies against the forces of nature.
But maybe there's a darker side, a compulsion, a desperate need to repeat the thrills. The tug of the sea ever stronger once the hook is set. As any old sailor will tell you, the sea can be a cruel mistress.
The following is (only slightly) modified from one of the many self tests for addiction to harmful substances or habits found on the internet.............................be honest, i bet you score pretty highly!
Do you often find yourself spending more time surfing than you intended to?
Is it hard to imagine a life without surfing?
Has excessive surfing or surfboard buying resulted in financial difficulties for you?
Do you sometimes feel that something inside you, beyond your control, pushes you to surf?
Do you hide your surfing habits or purchases from family and friends?
Have your relationships with family and friends ever suffered because of your surfing?
Do you feel "high" following a good surf?
Have you tried to stop "over surfing" but been unable to? (e.g paddled out on a day you know will be rubbish just to "get wet"?)
Do you often feel compelled to surf even though conditions are not ideal or you cant afford the time?
Do you feel surfing helps you cope when you are lonely, anxious, disappointed, depressed or angry?
Has your desire to surf ever interfered with work or school?
Do you find that your friends are determined by your surfing habits?
Do you plan your life around surfing?
Do you ever feel anxious about how long it will be until your next surf?
Have you ever failed to keep promises as a result of going surfing?
Sadly not everything we love is as good for those around us....