2014-05-14

Surf vs. Snow: How Are They Different?

Fera is based in Southern California, so we know a lot of boarders and skiers who also surf. We decided to get them talking about how the two compare. The responses to our interview questions were so interesting, we're excited to share:


Rob Higgins, surfer, skier and snowboarder, Manhattan Beach, CA

What’s an interesting difference between surfing and skiing/snowboarding?

The mountain sports feel very grounded to me. Surfing gives me a disconnected feeling, like I've escaped the forces of gravity and entered a new reality.

Are surfing and skiing/snowboarding similar in any way and how?

Yeah, it's all about the rush. Playing with forces far greater than yourself and learning to harmonize with them.

What’s the first thing you notice about other surfers?

Most surfers seem to walk with balance and confidence, shoulders back, chest forward, light on their feet but powerfully grounded.

Pick one: 
1) Caffeine or alcohol 
Caffeine

2) Morning Lark or Night Owl

Night Owl (by nature, but usually wake up early)

3) Eat out or cook
Cook

4) Dance like nobody's watching or sing in the rain
Sing in the rain (or car)

5) Text or talk
Talk, but either is fine



Suzi Paine, surfer and snowboarder, Playa del Rey, CA

What’s your favorite thing about skiing/snowboarding?


I get better every time I go snowboarding. There's always that little learning curve because I don't go as often as I'd like, but by the end of my time I always feel like I've improved and gotten good experience. Also, if you have music to listen to while you're snowboarding, it's like being in your own awesome little action movie.


What’s your favorite thing about surfing?

That moment right after you catch a crazy good wave and your adrenaline kicks in and you're like OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED THAT WAS AMAZING and you feel like a million bucks. I live for that feeling.

What advice would you give to someone just beginning to surf/board/ski? 

Don't give up, and don't get discouraged. Surfing especially feels like a really slow learning curve, but if you're not having fun, you aren't doing it right. Go out with your friends and have a good time.

Pick one:
1) Caffeine or alcohol
Alcohol

2) Morning Lark or Night Owl
I would like to be more of a night owl, but I'm a total morning person.

3) Eat out or cook
Cook

4) Dance like nobody's watching or sing in the rain
Both?

5) Text or talk
Talk


Frank Paine, surfer and skier, Redondo Beach, CA

What’s an interesting difference between surfing and skiing/snowboarding?

In surfing the "mountain" moves and not always in anticipated or predictable ways. I've always imagined this keeps you a bit more focused and intensifies your perception.

If you had to write a book about either skiing/boarding or surfing, what would the title be and what would the book be about?

My book will be called, "Cheating At Drinking Games." It's about how surfers do whatever it takes to make sure the line-up isn't crowded. On our last surf trip to Cardon, Mexico, the under-30's never made it to the water before 10am.

What’s one surprising thing about surfing that someone who doesn’t do it would have no clue about?

The noise. The wind howls, the waves pound and even underwater you can hear all kinds of stuff. When things go quiet, something's wrong...

Pick one:
1) Caffeine or alcohol

Coffee with Kahlua

2) Morning Lark or Night Owl
Morning Worm Catcher

3) Eat out or cook
Eat Out

4) Dance like nobody's watching or sing in the rain
Dance, because nobody's watching...

5) Text or talk
Talk, talk, talk (I'm Portagee!)


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