When I lived in Hawaii, Summer meant something different. The North Shore would wind down and the South Shore would crank up. Being on the west side, we picked up both swells, though the south ones would be weaker for us.

Florida is a different story all together.

Last year, summer was not so bad. The Bermuda High set up in a nice spot and the swells came in. A few weeks ago, we actually had a decent shot of surf. The waves were breaking beyond the end of the public jetty which means it has some size.

Then this. Days and days of micro surf.


Just across the inlet is perhaps the most consistent surf on the East Coast of the United States. So people flocked there for some real surf!

desperationI stole this photo from my buddy, JT from!

Bon Voyage Everyone!

Costa Rica! California! El Salvador!

All places I will not be visiting anytime soon. While my buddies have flights booked and are ready to get some real surf in.

Sometimes doing the right thing is terrible for you.

A few years back I was the first person in my company to be layed off. I mean, there were lots of us who were layed off during those three days but before my company was bought out; the owners never layed anyone off ever. The new owners did not agree with that philosophy. So right smack in the economic down turn; I was chucked out on the streets.

Finding employment did not turn out the way I planned either. So I have been going through some difficult times trying to regain my way. So I am stuck. Not happy but not letting things get me down.


The surf forecast has just improved.

They are predicting 3 days of waves up to waist high!!!

Look for me on the Surfline cam. There will be a 11th guy in the desperation picture! Groveling on a board that is far to old and needs to be replaced yet happy to be in the water.

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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6 Responses to Summer.

  1. janstring says:

    Know how you feel. It can be tough

  2. Mullet Killer says:

    It’s been mostly flat here too and the spots north have been fogged in and windy so you’re not missing anything in NorCal either

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      I am just frustrated with things outside the ocean and not having opportunities in the water is not helping. Well, just pray for improvement on both coasts (in and out of the water).

      • Mullet Killer says:

        Well at least the fishing has been red hot every evening, including last night. All small mouths in the similar 2lbs size. Plus having a new board coming out makes the anticipation more bearable

  3. 1stpeaksteve says:

    I will get there! Maybe not with the fishing but the new board part will be nice.

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