Saturday, July 14, 2012

Shredder Shyness

By, Scott Fellows

Everyone knows the feeling- it might start before you even get in to the water. The look you can get from the local boys hanging around the surf shop you’re about to rent a board from can be bone chilling. You get your board, walk to the beach, and scan the sets breaking. I’m talking about surfing a beach that you ain’t a local at, you don’t have to be a well-traveled soul surfer to know the feeling. This could be the difference between Mission beach to Pacific beach in San Diego, USA, or Playa Langosta to Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. At the end of the day, a few kilometers south and you’re no longer at your beach; you’re in someone else’s waves.

Shredder shyness affects 1 out of ever 3 surfers internationally, rest assured that you’re not alone. There’s support groups for people like you… wait, no there isn’t. The fact of the matter is, it’s always a little nerve racking paddling out in to a break you don’t know. There are a lot of intangibles you can’t control, especially if you have no real prior knowledge on what the waves or what the bottom is like. So if you feel like the entire line up of surfers is watching you, relax- but they are, so surf your tail off and don’t be a sissy. Remember, surfing is fun, that’s the reason you take a pounding when you’re paddling back out after a sweet ride. So have fun with it, and don’t be shredder shy!



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