Free Stevie! Back to the Sea!

You are free Stevie! Now catch that right off the jetty!

You are free Stevie! Now catch that right off the jetty!


These past few years have been a huge disaster in my life and that could be putting it mildly. At first though, I was a stressed unemployed person; which most are when they are looking for a job. There was one tiny crack of light…I surfed. If the waves were good, I woke up extra early and put in a few hours before firing up the lap top and churning out application after application.

When the funds ran dry, things took a sinister turn. Getting to the beach was not an economic choice.

So in the past 6 months, I have surfed or something resembling surfing. A friend took me here and there. Some times I even surfed behind a boat. But water time was minimal.

Now I am getting back on the horse so to speak and the ocean has greeted me with it’s finest…junk.

Last week, I surfed at Sebastian Inlet and it was not what I wanted. The tide was far to deep and the waves either closed out or dribbled pitifully over the sand bar. There would be no airs or anything fancy…only grade A contest groveling.

And grovel I did! I was the only person actually getting rides that would score over a 4 on the ASP tour. I pulled it off by careful wave selection and the most boring surfing one could imagine. Can we say floaters! Lots of them!

Yesterday I went back up to my home port and surfed at New Smyrna. Look up New Smyrna on Google. When there is no real swell, Smyrna can be waist-high. So it could be the only rideable spot on the entire east coast of the United States. This sounds heavenly except for the other claim to fame which I have posted about on The Side Wedge before and this would be the fact that sharks love to hang out there. So surfing there is always a bit nerve wracking. Especially when it is you and a few longboarders and the waves are barely up to your thigh.

How did I do? Once again, more groveling! I rode far better than the longboarders but could only muster some half snaps and end hits.

So this weekend looks like a better swell is on the way…Hoooray! So I might be able to actually get in some real turns.

So as far as I can tell…the lay off has not hindered me much. I need a new board though. So exercising and the what not has pretty much saved me in the bad times.

For the future:

I want to write about what I am actually doing more. It might become a second page. This way I can lay out what my training looks like and what I am doing in the water.

Have a good weekend!



About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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4 Responses to Free Stevie! Back to the Sea!

  1. Carlie Chew Photography and Design says:

    Hope you get some good swell this weekend!

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      Me too!

      Besides these past 2 days, a lack luster day in Cocoa Beach, and a very fast day on the gulf in Sarasota…I have missed a lot of decent surf. All the days I went out had some serious defects.

      As for you Ms. Gulfster…maybe some surf gulfside if some storms can hold together. It is a big ask but I am sure everyone over there will take it if it comes!

      Have a good weekend!

  2. A buddy of mine just mentioned Sebastian Inlet to me, and today I’ve had the worst craving to surf, and no board yet. Sigh. Cool love your blog 🙂

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      Thanks for the positive comments about my blog. No board and you live up in prime surfing territory too! Except for the water temps… No bueno!

      I hope you get out there soon!

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