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I was surfing at Herman's Bay last month. A nice. sunny day, 3-4 foot clean waves, lined up, a bit closey but you could get a few nice rides if you shoulder-hopped the big ones. After about 2 hours, I came in because the tide was getting on it and the SE wind was beginning to pick up.

As I walked up the stairs, there were two young women watching. Late high school or perhaps college girls, as it was a weekday, dressed like surfers - shorts, appropriately logo'd T-shirts, etc.

"Hey, you were getting some really nice rides out there." She smiled, and her friend did too.

I paused for a bit, turned and looked back to be sure they weren't addressing some friend of theirs who was following me up the stairs. I looked again at the girls, tanned, young, attractive. I laughed and said, "You know, I started surfing because I wanted to impress girls - and it's only taken me about 58 years to finally do it. Thanks for the compliments."

I haven't gone surfing since - blame on the lack of waves, sub-optimal conditions, a recent minor surgery which kept me out of the water, whatever. Or, maybe, I don't want to go and do my usual kook performance. I've hit my peak. Perhaps it's time to quit while I'm ahead.

Posted by Gordon, No Hair Blog, Mar 28, 2018

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