Renewal in Murky Waters

If you have followed my blog for a while, you would read that every holiday I have a surf with my buddy Scott. Scott and I are long-time friends and have traveled and gone through the ups and downs of life together. My musical posts called Noise to Note! are inspired by the long road trips we would take to surf contests in other


Sometimes you do not need the biggest wave to have a fun time.

states. We would pass the time by rattling off the most obscure songs we could think of to stump the other person or to sing some song that really should have been forgotten by the public and never relived.  And you never wanted to be branded a repeat offender; which was when you sang the same song twice.

As for this trip, it seemed to mirror our current lives. A very fast meetup between the chaos. Directly after our surf, Scott would have to pack and leave back to California.

Par to the course, the swell had long declined and as the sun broke over a foggy sky; we began to wade out into the chilly, murky water. As we approached the trough that dipped down before the next sandbar, we saw swirls and movement in front of us. We watched apprehensively to see if the culprits would surface so we could identify them. Then a few darting bodies revealed some large bluefish and then a fin or two. Was it the most famous residents of New Smyrna??? No! It was a few tarpon.

Nervously we walked forward and jumped into the fish tank and paddled across the trench.

During the course of the session, the sky let out a drizzle and turned a steel gray. Dolphins popped up besides us and plodded through the surf line. And small groomed waves pushed together and gave us enough juice to pull off some turns.

As we drove home, we returned to our conversation. After dropping Scott off, I drove home with a feeling of peace that lasted through the rest of the day.

The surf was not the best. The trip was far to short. But the nervous leap of faith into a murky sea was what I needed more than anything lately. Along with having a person to really talk to.

It is to simple to focus so much on work and problems and in the process one can find that they are not experiencing life. That is why a day with a friend can be exactly what one needs to renew themselves.


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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