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Topic Title: What's your best karma surf story?
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Created On: 03/07/2019 07:18 AM
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 What's your best karma surf story?   - IHBPatrick - 03/07/2019 07:18 AM  
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IHBPatrick

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This goes back a number of years, on a trip to Nosara, Costa Rica long before the crowds filled in the line-up there. I had picked up a tide chart, similar to the ones you find in bait shops here in FLA. Heading to the beach for our first paddle out, I can see from the previous high tide mark in the sand, that the tide chart is way off. We go out anyway with literally no one else in the water. Just our group of four. After that first session I want to go back and see what it looks like at proper high tide. Everyone else passes so I grab my board and go it alone. As I get to the beach, there's a young Tico waxing his shortboard with a piece of wax the size of quarter. I had come prepared with my longboard with a brand new wax job, but had brought lots of wax in case we couldn't find any in Nosara. As I pass him, I take a new half bar of Sticky Bumps out of my baggie's pocket and hand it to him. He smiles but we don't speak. After about an hour of trading waves, just him and me in the water, I see a much larger set wave steaming toward us. Now this thing looks like it's going to peak a good fifty yards farther out. He's farther out than I am, I'm paddling back out after my previous wave. We both put our heads down and paddle like mad men to get into position. I'm catching him but realize he will get to to a perfect left peak before I can. As he turns to take off, he stops and smiles at me. He's gifting the wave of the day to me. I'm so close to him by this time, I have to swing around immediately into a one paddle late take off. I thankfully rode this overhead beauty to the best of my ability, completely stoked by this strangers generosity. Taught me a very valuable lesson I haven't forgotten.
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