Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

January 29, 2009

Bobby Johnson near Fluid Surf shop. Photo courtesy Tim Carr
Bobby Johnson near Fluid Surf shop. Photo courtesy Tim Carr

Catching head-high glassy bombs

I finally made it into the water today.

It has been flat since my last post.  I guess this is as good thing since my back has been out from a training program I am doing.  This whole getting old thing is a real pain.  I don’t think I am adapting very well.

Anyway, a good friend and I worked our way from Blue Mountain west looking at the various breaks.

The wind began to shift around 2 p.m. and we really lucked out!  We checked out the usual Destin spots and found another secret spot on the way back to 30A.  It was head high, glassy and peeling right!  When the waves peel right I get so excited I will forget to wax my board in a rush to get out.  The water was crystal clear and cold.  Just what my bad back needed.

I could not believe how beautiful it was.

When the winds go offshore the waves can be very critical and hard to catch. Not today – bad back and all, we had a blast.

I am not sure what the best part was, the beauty of the emerald green, crystal clear water, or catching head-high glassy bombs.  Maybe it will be up tomorrow and I can figure it out. I will let you know.

See you in the lineup.

Pura Vida!


Pura Vida is a column by Santa Rosa Beach resident Bobby Johnson. Bobby is a local realtor and surfing enthusiast. You can reach Bobby at 850-865-7798 or www.bobbyjblog.com.