My longtime friend Ben is moving back to the East Coast next week. I have known Ben since high school and he was also my roommate in college. Ben, and his dad Jeff, are both longtime surfers and I have been lucky to go on surf trips with both of them over the years.
Yesterday Ben, Jeff and myself made the trip out to the Washington peninsula for a surf session. The surf was nothing special, but the company and time away from a computer was.
Jeff is nearly 70-years old and surfs better than most people in Washington. Surfing keeps the mind and body young. He grew up in Southern California and started surfing in 1959 and has always had amazing stories to share about surf culture in California. He also was one of the first people surfing the coast in Washington state and may have discovered most of the main spots people surf today.
The morning started out cold and foggy, but there were moments of sun breaks along the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
Once we got to Hobuck in Neah Bay we drove back and forth watching waves and debating where we should paddle out. After watching lots of sets roll through we decided to paddle out. Ben and Jeff caught some good ones. I just rode my Custom X bodyboard, which enabled me to enjoy the waves myself since I am not very good at surfing.
I also brought my dog Charlie and he loved every minute at the beach per usual. You can see this below.
It was a great trip for everyone to say the very least.
Overall, if you have not been to the Washington Coast you should go. If you do not surf, bodyboard, skimboard, kayak or paddleboard you should. It’s a great way to clear your mind and stay active.