It’s like losing your wallet or throwing out your back: it’s the dreaded flat spell. No traveling surfer ever plans on it, but they do happen. And sometimes they happen on a surf trip, which is kind of the worst case scenario.
You picked your destination, did your homework, saved your money, scored the best price on a flight, booked an Airbnb on the sand, got someone to watch your dog, double checked your passport and took off on your trip.
No, the forecast didn’t look fantastic, but you had confidence that there’s certainly be something to surf during your stay. At the very least, waist-high at a warm-water reef break is always better than waist-high at home.
Turns out, it wasn’t. And it’s not. It’s a lake.
Sure there are ways to hedge your bets. You can pack a groveler board. You can rent a log. But eventually, you just have to find something else to do like find an epic hike or a culture center. Fortunately, some of the places in the world that have the best surf also have other fantastic options for enjoying the ocean. No matter what you choose to do, it’s better than scrolling through your phone.