Monday, December 17, 2007

Surf's Up on the Gulf Coast


Wow! We just had a major cold front come through, bringing with it a tornado and a pretty nice swell in the Gulf. I took a drive down to Venice today and scored some decent video of some nice surfing. The longboarders were out in force and were really the only ones catching any waves.

I did get a chance to check out stand-up paddle surfing. It's pretty cool. How is it different from regular surfing? Well, the board is typically very long--maybe 10 to 12 feet, and is thicker and much wider than a regular longboard to provide better flotation and stability--so you can balance better. AND, instead of laying down and paddling with your hands, you actually stand up and paddle with a paddle similar to a canoe paddle (only longer and with a different design). Below is a video capture picture of a stand-up paddle surfer in action.

After I used up the battery in my camcorder, I drove down to the Venice Fishing Pier to gather some info for an article I'm working on for the VISITFLORIDA.com site. As usual, I ended up hanging out on the beach longer than I'd intended and found myself looking at a beautiful sunset. So here's a little photo of the sun setting behind the pier. Nice, eh?
Venice Beach Fishing Pier Florida Sunset

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