Crossover in sports is inevitable.
For my part those things happen almost without thinking while
doing. Retrospect into where I started, where I've been and what I like
has led to my own more or less weird styles of riding and will continue to
do so for some time (probably forever).
Experienced surfers, like myself, say things like respect the ocean or
respect nature not only because we want to keep it clean (and we
most certainly do) but because things can change, fast, out there. Leashes
snap, sharks do show up, we get hit, take tumbles and so on. There is
no way to prepare for everything but often it is the cool head that
saves the day.
Not too long ago I had to trek up to New England to take
care of some stuff. While I was back at one of my stomping grounds I decided
to do a mountain bike session over at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MA.
It was really my first time mountain biking there and I didn't have a lot of
time but I definitely enjoyed it.
In 2015 I had the opportunity to ride Seattle Center Skatepark several mornings in a row. I was visiting Seattle on a work related trip so I could only ride pretty early in the morning which is just as well since in the afternoon and early evenings it gets packed and I am not good enough at skating to deal with crowds (it is safer for everyone). The park itself has some really great features and arguably is a work of art. The features and aethestic were not the best part for me, for me it was getting to talk to some super interesting people from all of the country.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Here I was at Indian River Inlet's surfing side (north side of Indian River Inlet Park in Delaware) surfboards and wax ready go ... and not a wave in sight ... yet. Time for a bike session underneath the highway.
The 2014 to 2015 winter was "the unending New England Hell" for many of us but what was probably worse, especially for skaters, was the thaw that just wouldn't finish. Eventually Spring began to show up but for many of us the parks were out so we DIY'd it.
When you think of surfing Maine isn't exactly the first place that pops into a persons head. Yet there I was late October with a friend from work who had sold me on the idea of a road trip.