Loving Junk

Prepare for more cutbacks!

Prepare for more cutbacks!

This was just one of those days.

The swell was forecasted to be up and a photographer wanted to shoot some photos.

When we made it to the beach we instantly could tell it was not right. The full moon made the sand bars too deep and what should have been perfect walls had been replaced by a jumbled mess.

So I paddled out and began to just try to make something happen. What I ended up with was a slew of cutbacks and check turns just trying to find the one perfect section.

On one wave I had one section to belt and I did. The picture ended up in Eastern Surfing Magazine. The rest went straight to the drawer. These are the photos from the drawer.

We all love those perfect days but what makes us improve is to be able to hammer away at the less than stellar days. You may end up with a lot of photos for some old forgotten drawer but one time you might hit the target.

Easing through the flat spots

Easing through the flat spots

Check turn

Check turn

Cutting back

Cutting back some more!



Finally! Something to hit!

Finally! Something to hit!

Perseverance is a good trait to have.


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 Loving Junk

  1. I like the faded feel and look of the photos. It reminds of 70’s and 80’s surfing photography, a classic era.

  2. Jessica says:

    I know that feeling. That feeling when you know you got it just right — for me, that would be when water-skiing. Too bad it doesn’t come more often! Haha. Then again, if it did, it might not feel so special.

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      It is funny because as you get better at something…you become hyper-critically aware of what you should be doing and what you are doing. The tiniest of things. For example, I will get a ride and at the finish I will suddenly realize that I did not drop my front arm fast enough coming out of a turn. The other people will tell me…That ride was great! So when you do everything right…it is a great feeling.

      As for the boating world…what a tough nut to crack! I wakesurf sometimes but without the chest of cash available to buy a boat; you have to rely on others and suck off them like a remora! Anyone can own a cheap canoe but getting a water skii boat is another level that is beyond me at the moment!

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